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BSBCC visited 4 schools in Kinabatangan and Sandakan during May and June 2016. Teachers, students and parents were very welcoming to the EE team comprising of several organizations including HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP), Sabah Wildlife Department, the Sabah Department of Environmental Protection and BSBCC.
We were very happy to have chance to share the interesting facts about our wildlife to the students! All of the students enjoyed their time learning about the environment and wildlife species through the talks, exhibitions, and environmental games. We hope that they can gain more knowledge on the importance of protecting the environment and our precious wildlife species.
During this period, BSBCC also joined a 5-Day RAMSAR CEPA and RAMSAR CEPA Kit outreach programme organized by our environmental education partner, Sabah Forestry Department. The programme was held on the 23rd – 27th May 2016 in three villages along the Kinabatangan river; Kg. Bongon Besar, Kg, Mumiang & Kg. Abai. Several organizations were involved in the activity including the Sabah Wildlife Department, Department of Fisheries Sabah, HUTAN-KOCP and BSBCC. The teachers and students were very welcoming during our visit. We also had the opportunity to conduct a dialog session with the villagers to address environmental and wildlife issues they face, and to come up with a solution to solve the issues.
Table 1: List of school and group participated in BSBCC outreach programme in May and June 2016.
YAYASAN SIME DARBY ENVIRONMENT DAY
BSBCC participated in the Yayasan Sime Darby Environment Day held on 19th May 2016, at the University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) in Kota Kinabalu. This event was also participated by several other Malaysian-based NGO’s. Mr. Wong, Gloria and intern, Yen Wah represented BSBCC during this event. Wong presented a talk on BSBCC’s role in sun bear conservation.
We prepared educational specimens in our booth for the public to learn more about sun bears at the BSBCC booth. The appearance of "Sunny the sun bear" had also given cheers to many people during the event. Many thanks to Yayasan Sime Darby for inviting us to participate in this memorable event!
SM ST. MICHAEL , SANDAKAN
BSBCC education team visited St. Michael Secondary School on 29th June 2016.
Approximately 400 students and teachers were involved in this programme. Gloria, our Environmental Education Executive delivered a brief presentation at the school. The students were very keen to learn about the sun bears and many did not know about their existence in our forest.
We also prepared a display booth for the teachers and the students to further learn about the sun bears. Wong was also there to answer questions from the audiences. Enthusiast students from the school will also donate fruits for the bears at the Centre for the following 4 months. Special thanks to SM St. Michael teacher Madam Janet initiating this brilliant idea for the students to help the sun bears.