By JADE CHAN firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by M. RAJAN
SK SRI KELANA (SKSK) in SS5, Petaling Jaya, has built a name for itself as a primary school that actively promotes environmental awareness with its green programmes, and has earned numerous accolades for its efforts.
It is the first Malaysian school to pioneer the Smart (Start Managing All Resources Today) Ranger, an environmental education programme initiated by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) as a platform to learn about solid waste management.
Maths teacher and Smart Ranger coordinator Ong Kien Eik said the club started off with activities like recycling collection, recycling competitions and awareness campaigns, which has since expanded to include rainwater harvesting, making organic compost and creating arts and crafts using recyclable materials.
“It took more than a year to get the recycling culture going in our school,” said the 40-year-old.
“We have a weekly schedule to collect recyclables like paper materials, aluminium cans and Tetra Pak packaging.