Held for the 4th consecutive year, the programme in 2019 was expanded to a statewide programme with final participation of 34 primary and secondary schools in Melaka.
A special seminar for teachers was designed to be a part of the programme this year to provide correct and scientific information about plastics, waste management and recycling to teachers. As teachers shape the mind of students and play an important role in motivating students and driving the programme in schools, MPMA believe engaging with teachers will be an effective way to drive participation and to sustain the programme in the long run. With the theme ‘Why Plastics?’, the seminar was attended by 219 teachers from 217 schools from Melaka.
In terms of the programme, students were to complete the ‘Zero Waste Challenge’ which comprised 3 challenges:
- Awareness talk
- #PullingOurWeight clean up
- Recyclables collection using the MyReturns application
Due to the success of the programme for 4 years, the School Environmental Challenge received the recognition as a case study of private sector’s involvement in education programmes at the National Convention on Parents, Community and Private Sectors Involvement organized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia on 26 November 2019. About 700 teachers and parents from all around the country attended the Convention.