Last updated: April 5, 2024

RCE Penang

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Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
June, 2005
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Penang works in partnership with key stakeholders to bring about change for sustainability at the community level.

RCE Penang is not a physical centre or building, but a network of individuals, organisations and groups who are committed to building a more sustainable future through education and learning. Our network includes partners from the voluntary, public, education and business sectors, who work together to develop and implement innovative ESD projects and programmes in Penang. Since RCE Penang is one of the seventh RCE of 156 RCEs in the world; it has been promoting international partnerships with other RCEs with a similar mindset.

Goals and Objectives:

Transforming and Empowering Communities for a Sustainable Future through Education and Learning

Goals and objectives:

  • Develop and promote sustainable development training opportunities for school teacher, teacher’s educators and school administrators.
  • Develop and ESD strategy guide for local authorities
  • Increase volunteer opportunities around sustainable development
  • Coordinate the compilation of current ESD practices across Penang and neighbouring states in order to share and generate regional ESD good practices
  • Cultivate sustainable development competencies in the existing workforce

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Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

University Sains Malaysia


Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Regional Sejahtera ESD Network (RSEN)
Role: The Regional Sejahtera Education for Sustainable Development Network (RSEN) is a dynamic network of local and regional stakeholders in Penang engaged in collaborative undertakings such as research and development in key thematic areas of ESD. RSEN was launched in May 2014 and currently counts with more than 56 (educational institutions, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations). RSEN has a Council of Members that meet at least once a year to discuss strategic priorities and activities.
Contact name: Dr. Asyirah Abdul Rahim, Dr. Noor Haida Mohd Kaus, Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
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Name of organisation: Sejahtera Club
Role: Sejahtera Club is a co-curricular education initiative led by RCE Penang and facilitated by primary and secondary schools, which has been created with the aim of developing students’ leadership capabilities in ESD. The clubs take place at schools in the afternoons and are focused on the development of third order skills. RCE Penang provides 1-1 support and guidance to schools and teachers to develop ESD projects and resources for the clubs.
Contact name: Dr. Normaliza Abdul Manaf, Dr Aidiahmad Dewa, Prof. Madya Dr. Rabiatul Adawiah Ahmad Rashid, Ms Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
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Name of organisation: RCE Sejahtera Youth
Role: RCE Sejahtera Youth is advocating youth and the public with sustainable practices for a Sejahtera future and leading by example in building Sejahtera communities of youth and the larger public through education, actions and volunteerism at the local and global levels.
Contact name: Dr. Rohaya Abdullah, Dr. Muhamad Azhari Ghazali, Dr. Aswati Hamzah, Ms Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
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Current Activities:
  • Development of SDGs Story Book for Community from RCE Sejahtera Youth
  • Module development on System Thinking: Pemikiran Sistem Berasaskan Projek SDG Dalam Amalan Pedagogi Pra Sekolah

Photo credit: 13th Global RCE Conference

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Upcoming Activities:

Planned activties in 2024

  • Early April-End of December-RCE Sejahtera Youth ESD activities for USM youth: Collaborative events with Kelab Sejahtera & RCE Youth Asia Pacific, and community engagement with campus communities locally and internationally.
  • Early April-End of December-Sejahtera Club Collaborative program between students with special needs in the field of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and Sustainability.
  • Early April-End of December- Regional Sejahtera ESD Network Collaboration network between RSEN members and RCE Asia Pacific.
  • Early April-End of December-RCE Penang Grant application covers diverse projects for sustainable development and education. Proposed initiatives include:
  1. Module Development for Sustainable Schools in Penang.
  2. PEC's project: Nurturing System Thinking (ST) through SDG Project-Based Learning in Mangrove Settings among Primary Schools.
  3. PPST's 'Antarctic Discovery' program: Nurturing STEM Passion in Penang's Young Minds.
  4. PPST's initiative: Promoting Circular Economy via Student-Led Social Innovation with Digital Storytelling.
  5. NAWABS project: Water-Wise Kids Initiative for Special Needs.
  6. NAWABS campaign: 'Don’t Pollute Water.'
  7. PGC's Living Lab Initiative: Promoting Circular Economy via School Student-Led Social Innovation.
  8. JMA's project: Ameliorating SDGs Acumen among RSY, USM Members, and Primary School Students in Penang, Malaysia.
  9. MPOC's initiative: Palm Oil Webinar & Competition.
  • These projects align with RCE Penang's commitment to sustainable development and educational advancement in the region.


  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Awards: Empowering Students' Knowledge of Palm Oil Sustainability Via Intergenerational Online Program and Tik Tok Video Competition
  • RCE Honourable Mention Award: Empowering Preschool Teachers Knowledge Attitude and Practices of Systems Thinking


  • RCE Honourable Mention Award: Empowering Students' Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Learning and Knowledge Transfer 2022
  • RCE Honourable Mention Award: International Best Practices Sharing Session, Eco-School Programme 2022
  • RCE Outstanding Flagship Awards: Empowering Community on Sustainability of Mangrove Ecosystem 2022


  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Awards: Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Innovation & Invention 2020
  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Awards: Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer 2021
  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Awards: International SDG Challenge School Program (Quality Education) During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition
  • RCE Outstanding Artwork: RCE Youth Climate Art Challenge: RCE Sejahtera Youth


  • RCE Honourable Mention Award: RCE Penang – Empowering Teachers and Students Leadership on SDG 2 and SDG 6 via Integrated Green Garden


  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Award: RCE Penang – Malaysia International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO)
  • Bronze Award at International Bujang Valley Innovation, Invention and Design Competition


  • RCE Acknowledged Flagship Award: RCE Penang – Empowering Preschool and Primary School Teachers in Water Education


  • RCE Honourable Mention Award: ESD Thematic Conference
  • Honourable Commendation WENHUI Award for Educational Innovation
  • Honourable Mention Awards: RCE Penang - Choose, Decide, and Evaluate for Healthy Living


  • Korea International Women Invention & Exposition


  • RCE of The Year Award 2015 - 2016, The Sejahtera Centre RCE Tongyeong, South Korea


  • Best Paper Award during 8th Asia Pacific RCE Meeting 2015, Cebu Bohol, Filipina
  • Asia Pacific Leadership for ESD Shanghai China, Hans Seidel Foundation, Indonesia
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Japareng Lalung
Secondary RCE Contact:
Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Hafiz Syahman Sharif Fudin
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Penang, CGSS
Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS),
Level 5, Hamzah Sendut Library,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 USM Penang, Malaysia