SHAH ALAM, July 3 (Bernama) -- Almost 1,000 pupils have benefited from the 'Perintis Hijau' programme initiated by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) to develop the leadership skills of the students to be the future custodians of the environment.
Programme chairman Sarimah Lusut said the programme, introduced in 2009 in collaboration with Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCMB), had empowered primary school children to take ownership of the environment through activities like gardening and maintaining greenery in their surroundings.
"We are engaging all the primary pupils from the 45 schools in Shah Alam to participate in the programme to instill environmental values in them," she told a press conference after the launch of the 2013 Perintis Hijau programme officiated by Shah Alam deputy mayor Mokhtar Hani at CCM Fertilizers Sdn Bhd here Wednesday.
At the launch, 64 pupils from 16 primary schools in Shah Alam visited the CCM fertiliser factory in Padang Jawa here and were briefed on how fertilisers were produced.
CCM Fertilizers also organised a 'Mini Explorace Golden Growth' which saw the pupils going through four different checkpoints to apply their knowledge on environmental conservation and gardening skills to solve several tasks.
The pupils were also given talks on gardening, seeding, fertilising and landscaping besides being taught the correct methods in the care of ornamental trees.