We are excited to share with you some of the amazing school development projects our teachers have been working on within their schools! For 2014, the School Development Program is funded by the EuroCan Foundation, which focuses on conservation issues, particularly as they relate to renewable energies, climate change and sustainability.
Kevin Kilkuskie’s waste management project at the Bidung Lower Secondary School, “Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow”, hopes to implement awareness raising and education campaigns surrounding waste management practices. Waste bins, and information on recyclying will be used to teach students and the community about the importance of keeping the environment clean and how recycling and reusing materials can be sustainable and beneficial for future generations!
Travis Dewan has focused his efforts on developing an Environmental Conservation project with the goal of protecting the environment by using sustainable waste management practices among the students and community. Travis’ project hopes to engage students in waste management by integrating visual art and creativity! At the Rangjung Lower Secondary School, art will be incorporated by creating garbage bins with bright colours, environmental proverbs, slogans and visual images. Travis hopes art will attract students to use these bins to safely dispose of waste, and create a sense of responsibility and interest in environmental conservation!
Warren Tanner a teacher at the Gonthung Middle Secondary School has developed a Greenhouse project that aims to cultivate fruits and vegetables and serve as an interactive classroom where students can learn and grow, while also contributing to the well-being of the school and surrounding community!
Sara Diamond is working on a WASH project that aims to minimize the occurrence of water-borne diseases from unsanitary drinking water by implementing a water filtration system. Currently, at the Tshangkha Lower Secondary School, students do not have access to a sustainable clean water source, relying on boiled water supplied from the school kitchen. The water filtration system will provide students, staff, and the greater community with a clean supply of water, leaving students happy and healthy while reducing illness!
Sharon Gan Chi Ching’s project is a Botanical Garden at the Pemagatshel Middle Secondary School. This garden will be an area where students can learn about different plant life and species, complimenting what they learn in the classroom. In addition to the garden, washing stations and water taps will be constructed in order to provide students with alternative sanitation areas to keep clean before and after meals, teaching the importance of personal hygiene!
Ashley Lenzen is committed to developing a deer rehabilitation park for the injured wildlife nearby the Nangkor Higher Secondary School by creating a Nature Park . Multiple deer have already been rescued and the current enclosure is insufficient to properly rehabilitate the injured animals. The park would provide a safe place for the deer to recover, while also encouraging students to take initiative in caring for the environment!
All of these eager teachers are getting ready to launch their projects! Stay tuned for more updates as the school year progresses! For Previous School Development Projects, visit Stories from the Field.