Go Green EduFarm, Paya Indah Wetlands Putrajaya
A weekend out with the students.
The Go Green EduFarm was a 3-day weekend event, inviting high school students from rural and urban areas to camp at Paya Indah Wetlands in Putrajaya to learn more about environment conservation. Together with other facilitators we learned how to pitch a tent (it was the first time for me), went for environment walks around the wetlands and conducted educational team building activities. The students were split to 15 groups and I partnered with one of my Clients for our group. We were briefed before hand that we needed to encourage, motivate and support the students in their ideas for the program. The idea was to get them involved in taking care of the environment, enjoying the nature, appreciate the outdoors and foster new friendships with other students.
During the ice breaking session, we had the students come up with their own group name, logo and cheer. They were all very positive and excited in creating their own ‘posse’ and even practiced the cheer out loud, regardless of whether other groups heard them. The elder students would encourage the younger ones to participate in idea storming and assisted them in the rest of the activities.
It wasn’t just about education as the students got a chance to learn how to pitch their own tents and slept underneath the stars at night. In the morning, they would head out to the nature walk and visit the lakes in the area, the hippopotamus home, the crocodile lake and learn about the treed and its’ benefits. Special invite guest, Chef Ismail, a local celebrity chef shared with the students the different types of herbs that we can use from our home as they are easy to plant. He then showed us how to make ‘ulam’ rice using 10 different types of herbs!
It was nice to see them getting excited with the activities and with a lot of encouragement, they became more confident with their ideas. In the beginning most of them were quiet but that changed quickly. At the end of program everyone went home happy despite their tired looking faces. I too had learned a lot from this experience especially on patience, tolerance and appreciating the environment more.
For more information:
Click on Go Edu Farm Education FB Page
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.