Environmental champions can be found everywhere: some live in remote forests, and others may live right next door! For the past few months the team from The Habitat Foundation has been working closely with Greensmiths in developing educational modules tailored for students in Malaysia aged 10-15. The upcoming Habitat Academy Environmental Literacy Course is designed to provide young people with the knowledge and insights to empower and equip them for the challenges of our changing world.
The first three modules feature Urban Farming, Rewilding and Biodiversity Gardening, and Mangroves which provide valuable learning on the importance of biodiversity, ecosystem services, nature-based climate solutions, food waste and greenhouse gases, soil conservation, and food self-sufficiency. Helping to provide this understanding are individuals, scientists, and community organizations that are important national ambassadors for these causes. So far, they include TTDI Edible Community Garden (above) and Friends of Sungai Klang Taman Melawati in Kuala Lumpur, Pop & Chee Healthy Home Farm in Penang, the Urban Biodiversity Initiative and Dr Aldrie Amir of The Malaysian Mangrove Research Alliance and Network. Our special appreciation to everyone involved for being part of this learning experience. Visit our website to find out more.
The Course Modules are almost ready and we are currently testing them out with student groups. On 1 October 2020, we successfully held our first session with students from the Green Club of Han Chiang High School! These proved to be stimulating and highly interactive sessions as students grappled with new ideas and concepts guided by our facilitators. If you would like to learn more about the Course, or would like to help participate in a trial session, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook for more updates.