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Empowering the Community Based Waste Management Practices via Service Learning
From Friday 15 April 2022 -  08:00am
To Wednesday 15 June 2022 - 05:00pm
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Kota Samarahan, April – Jun 2022: In order to implement integrated solid waste management at a national level, it is vital to start and continually educating Malaysian at individual level, especially the youth and school children. Thus, second year students of Resource Chemistry programme, Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) has once again conducted Service Learning Malaysia – University for Society (SULAM) project this year with the theme ‘Waste Management Training in Community’.

The SULAM project aims to improve public awareness of solid waste management through direct engagement with community via knowledge transfer programs for school children and youths in Malaysia. The SULAM project was conducted in community across Malaysia including Sarawak, Sabah, Selangor and Perak through workshop and hands on training related to waste management.

The SULAM project involved 115 students, 21 SULAM sub-projects, 20 community partners and was lead by Associate Professor Dr Rafeah Wahi, the course coordinator for STK2063 Environmental Chemistry 2. The campaign period for Waste Management Training in Community was from 15 April – 15 June 2022. Various sub-projects include food waste management and composting, plastic waste management and recycling, reusable bag, plastic wastes, and waste separation.

Craft paper making from banana waste activity with children of JBA Timbers Residents min

Craft paper making from banana waste activity with children of JBA Timber’s Residents

This project has positively impacted the community with a total of 21 waste management training conducted involving 587 community participants among pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school students and youths. Participants were trained on various waste management aspects including include food waste management and composting, plastic waste management and recycling, reusable bag, plastic wastes, and waste separation.

Apart from that, 20 community representatives learned to conduct their own waste management project at their respective community. The SULAM project has also managed to create a platform for 115 youths among UNIMAS students to practice their knowledge by organizing waste management training projects in community.

According to Dr Rafeah, the pre- and post-training evaluation conducted showed that all the sub-projects have successfully improved the awareness and knowledge of community participants on waste management issues. ‘We have also received positive feedback from the community regarding the hands-on activities conducted during training.’ said Dr Rafeah.

This project is funded via Dana SULAM UNIMAS, in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.

Enzyme making activity with Form 6 students of SMK DPHA GAPOR min

Enzyme making activity with Form 6 students of SMK DPHA GAPOR

Waste Pro activity with Tabika KEMAS Kpg Tabuan Lot Dani min

Waste Pro activity with Tabika KEMAS Kpg Tabuan Lot Dani

 

 
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