Green School award goes digital during pandemic

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021


THE Penang Green School Award and Penang Green Kindy Incentive Programme are going virtual this year and welcoming registrations online from now till May 31.

Schools and kindergartens are welcome to register to take part in the programmes organised by Penang Green Council (PGC) in collaboration with Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).

Both programmes are annual environmental audit programmes specially designed for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Penang.

PGC general manager Josephine Tan said the awards are aimed at educating future generations on environmental issues.

“This is especially about waste, water and energy conservation as well as to inculcate the love for our environment among students and communities.

“Penang Green School Programme was organised since 2011 and there has been encouraging increases in participating schools from both MBPP and MBSP.

“From 54 schools in 2010, there were 241 participating schools in 2019, ” she said in a recent statement.

Tan said as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of Penang Green School Programme last year, the programme’s success carved a path to introduce Penang Green Kindy Incentive Programme.

“This is also an environmental audit programme specially designed for kindergartens in Penang.

“Both programmes were postponed last year due to Covid-19.”

However, she said with both programmes resuming digitally this year, applicants will be able to register, submit reports, get audits and attend the virtual prize-giving ceremony online at the end of the year.

The four criteria outlined in the programme assessment are Resource Efficiency, Innovation and Creativity, Cleanliness and Greening, and Digital Involvement.

“These will be assessed at district level and state levels, in which the district level audit will be carried out by both city councils at their respective zones.

“The state level audit will be carried out by PGC.”

The champion will receive up to RM5,000 from the state, while three special prizes will be awarded to outstanding schools.

“For Penang Green Kindy Incentives Programme, the assessment criteria are Saving Electricity, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Cleanliness and Greening.

“The top 10 kindergartens with the highest results will receive an incentive of RM500 each, which will be presented during the

Green Pinang Award Presentation Ceremony 2021 in November.”

State environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said to align with Penang 2030’s theme to strengthen mobility, connectivity and digital infrastructure, PGC decided to lead the way in transforming both annual programmes digitally this year.

“The pandemic has sped up the digital transformation in many industries including education.

“Schools are closed but education must be continued.

“This gives governments the very reason to push forward innovation for distance learning, which will eventually benefit many more especially those in rural areas who do not have physical learning capacity within close proximity.

“This expands the horizons of accessibility to education no matter where and when.

“With children being one of the most vulnerable groups, the rise of e-learning definitely helps keep children accessible to education, ” he said.

For details on Penang Green School Award and Penang Green Kindy Incentive Programme, visit www.pgc.com.my or call 04-250 3322 (Kimberly/ Ashawani).

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