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'A River for Everybody' School River Water Quality Project


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'A River for Everybody' School River Water Quality Project
Case Study Session
Ms. Mukvinder Kaur Sandhu, RCE Kuching
12th Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting
4-6 June, 2019, Hangzhou, China

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'A River for Everybody' School River Water Quality Project

  1. 1. ‘A River for Everybody’ School River Water Quality Project
  2. 2. Location • Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia • Schools/communities situated at the main tributary of the Sarawak River – The Sarawak River (Kiri). This tributary is the main source of water for Kuching city and its suburbs.
  3. 3. Location Kampung Danu Photo Courtesy: Sarawak Mirror Kampung Annah Rais Photo Courtesy: Sarawak Tourism Board Danu Village Photo Courtesy: Aerial Camera Pilot (YouTube) Bird’s eye view of typical village in area
  4. 4. Location Giam Village Photo Courtesy: DCCI Homestay Annah Rais Longhouse Photo Courtesy: Sarawak Tourism Board View of villages
  5. 5. Location River Raft Safaris Photo Credit: Backyard Tour Kayaking Photo Credit: Sarawak Tourism Board Recreational Activities
  6. 6. Location Waterfalls Photo Credit: Frankie Pierce Picnic Spots Photo Credit: Jangoi River Lodge Recreational Activities
  7. 7. Location Waterfalls Photo Credit: Backyard Tour ‘Tagang System’ – Sustainable Fishing System Photo Credit: Borneo Post Sustainable Fishing Practices in Area
  8. 8. Sustainable Development challenge The Sarawak River (Kiri) is subject to pollution due to : -poor waste management -dumping of waste into the rivers -raw sewage discharge -general lack of awareness on the importance of water quality and consequences of water pollution (Source: Natural Resources and Environment Board)
  9. 9. Sustainable Development challenge Photo Credit: Emaze Photo Credit: Natural Resources and Environment Board
  10. 10. Sustainable Development challenge ‘the most polluted rivers are tributaries running through concentrated residential and industrial areas where old designs have allowed black water to be discharged directly into the river system.’ ‘We cannot stop residents from using rivers and waterways as their rubbish dumping grounds. It will take another generation to fully understand the impact of using waterways to dispose their rubbish.’ Peter Sawal, Natural Resources and Environment Board, Sarawak
  11. 11. Rationale • Initiate positive behaviours amongst members of the society in river conservation efforts. • Application of science amongst students would be welcomed by the schools – in line with Malaysia’s current direction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. • RCE Kuching’s first activity with schools – cement relationship with the schools and communities
  12. 12. Objectives • To ignite passion for scientific enquiry through applicable use of science • Change perception of river conservation by promoting meaningful and relatable awareness amongst riverine school communities • Gain community’s trust, commitment and support for future RCE Kuching’s Long term 5R project in the same targeted schools and area
  13. 13. Activities RCE Kuching Youth Ambassadors will be the main implementers – RCE Kuching fellows & stakeholders - advisers Engaging Session – Mindmapping and storyboarding along the theme of ‘A River for Everybody” (Cognitive Learning ) Water Quality Testing – using samples collected at various locations of the River (Socio-emotional learning)
  14. 14. Audience • Approximately 250 students from 6 riverine schools Results • Students better aware and keen on river conservation • Instigate positive paradigm shifts within the school communities • Students become positive agents of change in how their communities interact with the rivers • Receive stronger support for follow-up, long term 5R project with the same schools
  15. 15. Water Quality Testing • The process includes: • Collecting water samples from the river • Conducting tests such as DO, Nitrate, Ammonia, Phosphate, pH levels, turbidity, and water temperature using the right methods and procedures • To conduct the tests, the students, especially from the Primary Schools will be guided by the RCE Ambassadors who have been given proper and adequate training to conduct the activity.
  16. 16. Contributing Stakeholders • UCSI University • Sarawak River Board • Natural Resources and Environment Board • RCE Kuching Youth Ambassadors • Sarawak Research Society • Schools: SK St. Patrick, SK St. Paul, SK St. Bernard, SMK Padawan, SMK Siburan
  17. 17. Evaluation • A short survey will be given pre and post activity to compare the level of awareness and knowledge • The findings would also be collected for similar projects for comparison. • Reflective thinking through fish-bowl discussions
  18. 18. End Presentation by: Mukvinder Sandhu (Vice-Chair, RCE Kuching) On behalf of project team: Azizan bin Yatim (Head), Dorothy Dzrandimay and RCE Youth Ambassadors Contact: @RCEKuchingUCSI