Yesterday was the second day of our outreach programme around the Sandakan district for this year. BSBCC education team together with HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme, Wildlife Rescue Unit, Sandakan Borneo Bird Club and Reef Guardian gathered at SK Sg Kayu, Sandakan. We set up booths at the school open hall to share the informations to the students. Each organization gave an inspiring talk to students on our knowledge and our ongoing effort to save wildlife in Sabah. About 600 students from Year 1- Year 6 participated in the whole programme.
On the 23rd to 25th of March 2018, an International Orangutan Run was held in Sandakan in conjunction with “World Wildlife Day, 2018”. The event aims to spreads awareness about the plight of Orangutans as well as to encourage the public to learn about orangutans and conservation efforts of wildlife in Sabah. A few activities were held during this event and BSBCC was grateful to be part of this event. The activities including a run, talks, an exhibition and performance by local artistes. It was a good opportunity to join this event as it helps us to spread the word about the world‟s smallest bear, the sun bear, to the public especially the younger generations.
BSBCC‟s educational booth was set up at the Harbour Mall Sandakan for public visits. There were also booths from other organizations : Sandakan Borneo Bird Club, HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orang-Utan Conservation Programme (KOCP), IOI Group RSPO, Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC), Sabah Wildlife Department and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU).
A group visit of 12 children from different primary schools in Sandakan to BSBCC. They are a part of the International Environmental Education Exchange Programme through Video Conferencing, where they will do a presentation by the end of the programme with school children from another countries and exchange knowledge on what they have learned through video conference.
Thanks again for including BSBCC in your programme! ☀🐻
A visit from Pusat Tuisyen Cerdik Minda visited BSBCC today. There are 80 students with their teacher involved in this visit. The students were given presentation on sun bear by Ms. Gloria. Before they went to the observation platform to see the sun bears roaming in the forest enclosure, they were given a task to test their understanding on sun bear from different topics about sun bear. This activity encourage creativity in a child as well as to increase their understanding on sun bear. The children together with their teachers enjoyed their time at our Centre learning about sun bears and the environment.
On the 7th March 2018, a session with kids at Vision School, Sandakan was conducted by BSBCC's education team where the kids learnt about sun bear's anatomy. They get to learn about special features of sun bears and create their own chestmark patterns. The kids also get to share with their friends their special features if they were a sun bear. It was a fun session and the BSBCC team will be visiting the school again in April. Looking forward to meet these kids again!
An educational event in conjunction to the Environmental Day is organized by Petrosains and PETRONAS in Sabah State Library. Some of the objectives of this event are to instill interest and appreciation, besides promoting the sense of importance of the environmental biodiversity especially to the students, teachers, and community. This event also serves as a good platform for us to stimulate stronger network between the community, relevant government agencies, and NGOs.
Thanks again for the invitation!
One of the BSBCC core values is to increase public awareness and activism on the high standard of animal welfare, as it is such a big part and will hugely impacted on our wildlife, as well as enhancing these important messages and increasing awareness about these crucial battles to protect our special little sun bear (as the numbers are speedily decreasing), forest and our children's future. We were delightfully be invited by HUTAN-KOCP to carried out this outreach educational program from Kampung Sangau, Kinabatangan district from February 26th to 28th, 2018.
School that benefited by this program are SK. Sangau, SK Suan Lamba and SMK Bukit Garam. There were representatives from Sabah Wildlife Department who were also invited to be participated in this program along with us. In this program, there were a lot of activities, including talks, a video show and exhibition booths. We would liked to give a big thanks to our partners HUTAN-KOCP for inviting BSBCC to give and share the information regarding to the foreseeable dangers which sun bears are facing. We aim to develop the idea and provide the knowledge that meets the needs, to recover healthy, diverse, productive jungle for all of us, protecting and repopulate the remaining rare species now and for our future generation. We would liked to use this opportunity to give thanks for everyone’s limitless support.
Mrs. Risnayati & Mrs. Sharon represented BSBCC for the launching of Pangolin awareness sculpture at Sandakan airport, Sandakan on the 13th February 2018. Organized by Future Alam Borneo and Danau Girang Field Centre, this event was officiated by Datuk Hj Kamarlin Hj Ombi, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah. The objective of this educational exhibit is to raise public awareness of the critical status of this shy creature in our rainforests, at this high traffic location that is the airport. The pangolin sculpture itself has been painstakingly created by a Sabahan artist, by recycling plastic materials from numerous common place sources. The Sunda pangolin has been upgraded to a
totally protected species in Sabah. This giant art pangolin sculpture reminds us to protect and stop hunting this little known species.
BSBCC was invited to do an awareness programme on sun bears in Sandakan Vision School on the February 7th, 2018. Approximately 80 students, aged between seven to nine years old were invited to be involved in this programme and they were all very excited and eager to learn more about sun bears. The programme began with an introduction session by Ms. Gloria, our Environmental Education Executive followed by Mrs. Sharon’s introduction to our sun bear mascot. Our sun bear mascot, Sunny, was present to help the students understand better about physical characteristics of a sun bear. After that Ms. Melynda conducted a "Who Am I?" wildlife guessing game before Mrs. Risnayati played a short video about sun bears. We also set up a display booth at the school. All of the students enjoyed their time in learning about the environment and wildlife species through exhibitions. We hope that they will gain more knowledge on the importance of protecting the environment and our precious wildlife species. Thanks for inviting us!
An education training workshop was conducted on the 15th -18th January 2018 at BSBCC. Ten of our BSBCC staff had participated in the training session, which included psychology and methods of teaching audiences at different levels and backgrounds.
The team was enlightened with all of these new knowledge and ideas, inspired us to think outside the box and learn how to deliver these important messages in an efficient way. we can implement in making education more fun and effective. Next will be planning our education activities for the coming year! BSBCC would like to give a special thanks to the amazing Ms. Adeline Cruz for selflessly sharing her knowledge and experience throughout the 4-day sessions with us.