The Habitat Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural EE Practitioners’ Workshop which will be a workshop designed to support innovation and new approaches in environmental education. The focus of the workshop is to create a platform for knowledge sharing and mutual learning among leading practitioners, educators, and environmental interpreters. The workshop which will be held on 21-22 June 2018 will be held at The Habitat Penang Hill and the Penang Botanic Gardens. It is fully supported by The Habitat Foundation as part of its Education pillar.
Our intention is to elevate the practice of environmental education in Malaysia among those committed to fostering enduring connections to nature among young people. This includes hardwiring commitment to sustainability and nurturing future environmental leaders.
A further objective of the workshop is to motivate and inspire those working on the frontlines of Environmental Education to continue to be creative and innovative in their work. The gathering will also provide a strategic opportunity for participants to help form a supportive peer network for greater impact.
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Who’s who at the 1st THF Good Grounding Workshop
We are excited to have been able to assemble some of the leaders in Environmental Education to Malaysia to present and facilitate the sessions.
The Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, Sabah is one of the most renowned and active EE centres in the country. It has has grown from a humble education centre set up by the Forestry Department in 1997 to an impressive complex of canopy walks and training and meeting areas nestled in the lush greenery of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where orang utans roam freely. The Habitat Foundation is proud to bring to Penang veteran EE practitioners Bernadette Joeman and Hubert Petol to be the lead presenters at the forthcoming Good Grounding EE Workshop.
Ng Hong Jing has an MSc in Environmental Biotechnology from UTM and has worked as a microbiologist and a teacher of biotechnology. As a lecturer he helped to initiate numerous college-level environmental education projects. In 2012, he co-founded Nature Classroom, a social enterprise that aims to promote environmental education, instill environmental awareness and inspire sustainable lifestyles among Malaysians. It aspires to nurture a younger generation that appreciates the beauty of nature and derives enjoyment from being outdoors. Nature Classroom promotes environmental education programmes that sow a sense of reverence for the earth and a commitment to conservation. Among the projects they are known for is the Penang Seagrass Project which was initiated under the Eco-Peace Leadership Programme in 2014. The project has received many accolades including a Best Project Award from the Korean Ministry of Environment.
Chen Yoke Pin is one of the powerhouse ladies behind Arts-Ed Penang which has been working in cultural heritage education for 20 years. She will be exploring ways in which the creative arts can be used to promote engagement with urban environmental issues. Yoke Pin is a mass communication graduate is Senior Manager for Arts-ED, a non-profit organisation which specializes in innovative community-based arts and culture education for young people. For the past 13 years, she has been actively involved in producing, coordinating and facilitating community-based arts and culture education programmes targeting children and youth in Penang. Chen has been actively managing and facilitating cultural mapping and public consultation works in culturally diverse parts of Penang. Chen works with multiple stakeholders from various ages and cultural background. She is closely involved in supporting other Penang’s arts initiatives such as George Town World Heritage Celebrations, George Town Festival and Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio.
Penang’s vision to become a green state is being championed by the Penang Green Council. Hoo Huey Ching is the Assistant GM of PGC and is responsible for programmes which annually reach 10,000 people from all walks of life. Hoo Huey Ching holds a bachelor degree in Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is Assistant General Manager at Penang Green Council a non-profit governmental organisation established by Penang State Government in 2011 to nurture, facilitate and coordinate environmental projects and causes in Penang. Her strength is in conducting capacity building programmes on waste and water conservation knowledge for public, youth and children. She is a HRDF certified trainer since 2017. In support of the Penang government’s vision to be a green state, PGC’s missions is to enable, empower and enrich all stakeholders to practice sustainable development that protects the environment and quality of life.
A three-person facilitation team from Greensmiths will share the work being done to set bright young adults on a path to environmental leadership. Christina Lind-Hunter has worked in schools, educational development and system transformation programmes for over 10 years. A ‘Teach First’ 2006 ambassador, Chrissy began her teaching career at one of the most disadvantaged urban secondary schools in London as the Head of Drama and English teacher, and brought young people who had never been into the countryside on Outward Bound residentials. Seeing the potential for transformation for so many, Chrissy and her husband Jonathan (a former Metropolitan Police Officer) had a long term dream of bringing the power of collective adventure and leadership experienced in the natural world to young people globally. In 2014, they moved to Malaysia and co-founded GreenSmiths, a not-for-profit that co-designs eco-engineering expeditions with partners and young people, working towards the vision of a future where empowered young people build a sustainable planet for all life on earth.
Chrissy has been based in Penang for five years, working globally as an Education Consultant and
part-time for Teach for Malaysia as the Associate Director for Leadership, Design and Research. In her ‘free time’ she is an athlete and coach for Ultimate, former Malaysia U24 National team coach, captain of the Black Widows and advocate for youth and female leadership in sport and life.
Kang Yue Shern has a background in Law; she worked in a law firm in Petaling Jaya as a paralegal and assisted senior partners with litigation cases and conveyancing files. She then moved on to join the education field, more specifically Teach For Malaysia – a non profit organization that mobilizes young leaders together with other educators, the community, public and private sectors to impact lives in the Malaysian classroom and beyond. Her first role involved supporting with regional operations and subsequently managing and coordinating data processes in the organization. She also coordinated the running of the first Limited Resources Teacher Training programme in Penang in collaboration with the district education office.
Yue Shern is currently the Projects Manager at GreenSmiths and part of the GreenSmiths Steering
Committee. She has set up GreenSmiths as a legal entity and coordinates the planning and execution of
expeditions and supports with the facilitation of said expeditions. Yue Shern also has been involved in volunteer work – facilitating youth camps, serving in the local soup kitchen and helping out with mobile clinics.
Someone that is naturally drawn to the sea, during her graduate study at the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, UMS, she travelled extensively to the islands along the coast of Sabah to map out populations of seaweed based on their chemotype.