Funds required: RM 7,000
Number of students impacted: 30+
Name of schools/Nama-nama sekolah:
District: Pasir Gudang
Project Kim Kim is a pilot project that runs through a framework for environmental education that focuses on understanding and awareness, followed by building empathy and establishing ownership among our students.
Approximately 30 students from a few schools in the Pasir Gudang district will undergo 3 phases of the project:
Pre-Phase (July/August 2019) : Teachers from all 13 schools will conduct a series of lessons that would familiarize students with systems thinking.
Phase 1 (August/September 2019) : A day of workshops where students learn skills and tools adapted from Model United Nations and systems thinking to explore environmental case studies of 8 countries. Through these, students will develop awareness of environmental problems around the world.
Phase 2 (August/September 2019) : A field trip to the beach and the Kim Kim river systems to bring the students very close to the local context. This stage in the framework is to develop empathy as well as spatial awareness of their surroundings.
Phase 3 (October/November 2019) : A day of showcase where students take ownership of environmental issues by presenting their understanding of the Kim Kim River crisis in the form of infographics, artworks and literature pieces. We have secured with Teach For Malaysia to use a regional event for this showcase that will be attended by important players in the education field including headteachers and district and state education officers.
Environmental issues are very complex and there is rarely a clear-cut or straightforward solution to these problems.
Thus, we hope to empower students by equipping them with the tools and skills learnt through the proposal framework that would enable them to view the many interrelated factors leading to the chemical spill in Sungai Kim Kim in early March of this year.
Project Kim Kim is a pilot project initiated by teachers from Teach For Malaysia's South Cohort in Pasir Gudang who witnessed the Kim Kim toxic waste crisis that affected their communities. More than 4000 fell ill and 111 school had to be closed. The government spent about 6.4million ringgit cleaning the river but when everyone who evacuated returned to Pasir Gudang, it was business as usual. It was as though the crisis had never happened.
From here we started to question if we, as Malaysians, even care about the environment. This project is about learning how we can understand the complexities of our environment in order to develop ownership to safeguard what’s around us.
When we surveyed 340 students and teachers around Pasir Gudang, we found out that 90% agree that it is their responsibility to take care of the environment. However, the most they do to care for their environment is throwing trash properly and recycling. These are textbook answers; almost none of them have considered educating their friends or even reducing plastic waste to begin with.
What this means is that the local community are not connecting the dots between all elements that compose the entirety of a system.
This is the gap in our environmental education that we are looking to address.
We are proposing a pilot project that runs through a framework that focuses on understanding and awareness, followed by building empathy and establishing ownership among our students.
This project is about creating access to an environmental education model that champions our local context. As teachers, it is our duty to carry out Project Kim Kim. As Malaysians, it is our vision that one day all communities in Malaysia will self-organise efforts to safekeep their local environments.
We hope you will join us and be part of this vision.