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From the 10th July 2017 to 12th July 2017, BSBCC education team visited 3 schools at Nabawan District for Wildlife Education and Awareness Programme. Nabawan district is a small town in Interior Division of Sabah (southern part) and the local communities in this area are predominantly Murut. The first school we visited for this outreach is SMK Nabawan, Nabawan. Mr. Henry Anandan, principal of SMK Nabawan was very excited with this program and he was personally wanted to have a sun bear as a conservation mascot for their school. Together with our partners from HUTAN-Kinabatangan OrangUtan Conservation Programme (KOCP) and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU), various activities were held for the students such as exhibitions, wildlife talks, documentary screening, environmental games and a special activity for the Wildlife Junior Rangers- sun bear oil painting. BSBCC also donated three bear sculptures to this school to be installed at their garden area.
On the second day of this education outreach programme, BSBCC's education team together with HUTAN-KOCP and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) gathered at SMK Nabawan II, Nabawan to bring awareness on wildlife found in the forests of Sabah. We set up a booth alongside HUTAN-KOCP and WRU to share our bear stories with the students. At the same time, we gave an inspiring talk to students on our knowledge and experience about sun bears and our ongoing effort of saving them. About 50 students from the Wildlife Junior Ranger and Nature Club participated in the talk session. We had lots of fun spending time with these young students as they were very enthusiastic to learn about the wildlife in Sabah. Many thanks to SMK Nabawan II, HUTAN-KOCP and WRU for making today's activity possible.
Our last school of outreach programme for this week in Nabawan distirict was SMK Sepulot which is situated almost from 47km Nabawan town. The programme started from 8.30am until 1.00pm. The Wildlife Junior Ranger and Nature Club students had lots of fun learning from all the talks, exhibition and educational activities. We had lots of fun spending time with these young students as they were very enthusiastic to learn about the wildlife in Sabah. Hope they grow to love and protect our native animals. We were grateful to partners from HUTAN-KOCP and Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) involved with this programme. Besides that, many thanks to Sabah Education Department for the approval given to run this programme. It was a big success.