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3000 Malaysian Students Take Part in 2018 Dow School Environmental Challenge

August 7, 2018

Over 3,000 students took up this year's Dow School Environmental Challenge 2018 in Melaka, Malaysia, to fight plastic waste through acting, photography, spoken word and recycling competitions.

The Champion of the MPMA-DOW School Environmental Challenge 2018 Choral Speaking Competition from SMK Tun Mutahir, Batu Berendam, Melaka impressed the judges with a great performance on the theme 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Photo: Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association

The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) and the Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company (Dow) partnered together for the fifth time on the challenge which is designed to educate students on waste separation and recycling to help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills and ending up in the environment as litter.

The challenge, which kicked off in April, is composed of four challenges designed to educate and inspire students on the importance of recycling and sustainability. The challenges are:

  • Recyclables Collection: Students collected recyclables (plastic, paper, aluminum, e-waste) and brought them to schools to be weighed and collected.
  • Photography: Students submitted a photo that features the theme of "I Love Recycling"
  • Sketch Performance: Students create and perform a sketch with the theme "Litter Villain vs. Recycle Hero"
  • Choral Speaking Performance: Groups of students participate in a choral speaking competition themed around the Three R's: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

"This program continues to grow each year and help inspire and educate the next generation of students so they can be better environmental stewards," said Dato' Raymond Sng, vice president of MPMA. "The competition drives a great combination of curiosity and awareness for sustainability along with creativity and expression through the various challenges."

This challenge is part of a bigger platform for social and environmental improvement through education and outreach, ensuring that students understand and advocate for responsible management of waste.

Also part of this education platform is the Eco-Ranger Camp where Dow and MPMA partnered to help teach students about waste management, recycling and understanding plastics as a valuable material. During the camp which took place in May, students worked together with teachers to develop sustainability projects that they later implement in their schools.

"As a major plastic producer, Dow believes that no plastic should end up in the environment," said Dr. Han Zhang, Asia Pacific sustainability and advocacy leader, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. "This can only happen through partnering with organizations like MPMA and educating students on the value of the materials we use every day so we can work together to advance a circular economy."

The MPMA-Dow School Environment Challenge has grown in participation from six schools in 2016 to 17 schools this year. This program was designed by MPMA and Dow to be self-sustaining so that it can continue its mission of educating and inspiring future generations while expanding its reach throughout Melaka. The program will continue to run with partner E Ijau Millennium Explorer, an environmental NGO who is leading the development of eco-schools in Melaka, based on the core principles that were established by Dow and MPMA. Besides E Ijau, the program partnered with a local recycler, Lam Chong Group, for the Recyclables Collection competition. Lam Chong has agreed to continue the recyclables collection program as a way to sustain the practice of recycling among participating schools.

During this year's competition, students performed in front of judges who voted on best performances in each category.

Competition Winners:

 

Recyclables Collection

Category

Primary

Amount

Secondary

Amount

Best Paper

SJK (C) Alor Gajah, AlorGajah, Melaka

1375.02kg

SMK Sungai Rambai, Sg Rambai, Melaka

809.75kg

Best Plastic

SK Air Baruk, Jasin, Melaka

108.15kg

SMK Dato' Dol Said, Alor Gajah, Melaka

133.70kg

Best Metal

SK Alor Gajah 1, Alor Gajah, Melaka

87.85kg

SMK Dato' Dol Said, Alor Gajah, Melaka

243.40kg

Best E-waste

SJK (C) Alor Gajah, Alor Gajah, Melaka

171.95kg

SMK Tun Mutahir, Batu Berendam, Melaka

133.85kg

 

Category

Primary

Secondary

Photography

Champion

Muhd Arif Haikal bin Hisyam SK Tehel, Bemban, Melaka

Lewis Tan Rui Yi SMK Gajah Berang, Kampung Chetti, Melaka

1st Runner-Up

Ng Qiu Yen SJK (C) Pay Chiao, Bemban, Melaka

Nor Hidayah

SMK Sungai Rambai, Sg Rambai, Melaka

2nd Runner-Up

Aryana Delisha SK Air Baruk, Jasin, Melaka

Fatin Zarifah SMK Seri Pengkalan, Alor Gajah, Melaka

 

Sketch Performance

Champion

SK Alor Gajah 1, Alor Gajah, Melaka

1st Runner-Up

SK Tehel, Bemban, Melaka

2nd Runner-Up

SK Air Baruk, Jasin, Melaka

     

Choral Speaking Performance

Champion

SMK Tun Mutahir, Batu Berendam, Melaka

1st Runner-Up

SMK Gajah Berang, Kampung Chetti, Melaka

2nd Runner-Up

SMK Sungai Rambai, Sg Rambai, Melaka

     

Short-Term Sustainability Project

Champion

SK Air Baruk, Jasin, Melaka

1st Runner-Up

SK Convent Infant Jesus 2, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka

2nd Runner-Up

SMK Seri Mahkota, Merlimau, Melaka

"Together with Dow, we believe that helping students understand responsible waste management at an early age is a critical component to having less litter end up in our environment," said Sng.

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