RCE Kuching - 2019

5R (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose) Campaign Project

Location

UCSI University Sarawak Campus
Lot 2976, Block 7 Muara Tebas Land District, Sejingkat 93450 Kuching, Sarawak
Malaysia
MY
Basic Information
Title of project : 
5R (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose) Campaign Project
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Kuching
Contributing organization(s) : 
UCSI University Sarawak Campus
WormingUp
Kuching Chefs Association
G.A.M.E.S. PLT
Kuching Water Board
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Sherrymina Kichin
Organizational Affiliation: 
UCSI University
Name: 
Jeff Wee
Organizational Affiliation: 
WormingUp
Name: 
Joseph Pudun
Organizational Affiliation: 
Kuching Chefs Association
Name: 
Agnes Toner
Organizational Affiliation: 
G.A.M.E.S. PLT
Name: 
Roslelawati bt Mohamad Amin
Organizational Affiliation: 
Kuching Water Board
Format of project: 
Slides presentation, videos, hands on activities, engagement sessions, treasure hunt, games
Language of project: 
English/Bahasa Malaysia
Date of submission:
Update
Additional resources: 
https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post/20190817/page/11
https://www.facebook.com/RCEKuchingUCSI/
http://rce.ucsiuniversity.edu.my/news/rce-kuching-launches-2-year-5rs-campaign-project/
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Secondary Schools: SMK Siburan, Primary Schools: SK St.Paul, SK St Bernard, SK St Patrick (upcoming school)
Address of focal point institution for project: 
UCSI University Sarawak Campus
Lot 2976, Block 7 Muara Tebas Land District, Sejingkat 93450 Kuching, Sarawak
Ecosystem(s):
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The region where these four schools are is called the Bengoh region, near Kuching, Sarawak. These schools have children who live in five villages in the same region, near the Sarawak Kiri River. Their source of livelihood is farming, fishing and tourism, and they are marginally poor. This river feeds into the city of Kuching and is the source of water for the city.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The sustainable development challenge in this area is that the people in this region still practice open burning, use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and often dump rubbish directly into the river.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
August, 2019
Rationale: 
This project will build awareness about the impacts of pollution and the dumping of waste. It will also be an avenue to teach the young people how they can reduce these problems through implementing the 5Rs in their schools and villages.
Objectives: 
1. The learners will understand the concept and benefits of the 5Rs (cognitive learning).
2. The learners will participate in 5R activities for waste management in their schools and local communities (socio-emotional learning)
3. The learners will plan, implement, evaluate and replicate 5R activities that contribute to efficient waste management at home, in their schools and local communities (behavioural learning).
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1. Plan and run an awareness campaign for school students and teachers on the 5Rs and their importance which involves a variety of teaching methods (discussions, videos, instructions, games and hands on group activities).
2. Organize "Recycle Mania School Competition" among the participating schools.
3. Conduct food waste and used oil collection
4. Soap making workshop
5. Recycling scrapbook activity
Size of academic audience: 
250 students
Results: 
This project is still ongoing until August 2021.
Lessons learned: 
We are learning that it is difficult to meet up with the school administrators to plan the dates of the sessions with the children. We are learning as we go.
Key messages: 
The invaluable insights and eco-friendly practices that are being instilled in the students of this region through this project will be a source of inspiration and a foundation from which they will be better equipped to do their part in initiating green solutions as an integral part of Malaysian society.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
The River Quality School Engagement Project will be focusing on the same 4 schools as this project.
Funding: 
We have obtained RM2000 funding from Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (ADUN Mambong N.19) and also still seeking funding from community leaders, the Sarawak River Board, WormingUp and G.A.M.E.S. PLT.

Pictures:

File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon IMG-20190813-WA0062.jpg (71.94 KB) Making "greeting cards" from recyclable materials RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon JDVX8312.JPG (97.92 KB) Learning to make "pot plant" from recyclable materials RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190813-WA0011.jpg (62.83 KB) Students bringing their own recyclable materials RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190809-WA0037.jpg (84.07 KB) Talk from RCE Kuching stakeholder, WormingUp RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190809-WA0035.jpg (89.03 KB) Talk on 5R Concept with students from SK St Bernard RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190906-WA0062.jpg (74.95 KB) Students showing their "pot plant" progress RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190906-WA0050.jpg (92.97 KB) Students showing the project made from recyclable materials RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon IMG-20190906-WA0058.jpg (60.72 KB) Designated area for 5R efforts RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon SK St Bernard.jpg (5.32 MB) Participants from SK St Bernard RCE Youth Ambassador
Image icon SK St Paul.jpg (1.77 MB) Participants from SK St Paul RCE Youth Ambassador
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Indirect
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Indirect
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Indirect
Theme
Agriculture 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Waste 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Indirect