We are also given the opportunity to express our talents through activities that the school organises including art carnivals and singing and dancing competitions.I feel that it is very important for a person to be civic conscious and care for others. A person must learn to put others first before himself.
In my opinion, a good number of Malaysians lack civic consciousness. For example you don’t see enough people recycling, people keep throwing rubbish under the ‘Do Not Throw Rubbish’ sign and people are polluting rivers and beaches with rubbish. Then there are those who carry out illegal logging operations in our forests destroying both plant life and wildlife.
Malaysia can be a more conscientious nation if more citizens get involved in charitable programmes to take care of the well-being of people who are less fortunate.
Last year in my school, we packed food for the less fortunate all over the world in a bid to combat world hunger. This year we are going to have a jogathon to raise funds to sponsor food for countries in the African continent and also to aid flood victims in Malaysia. I’m very excited about participating in this event.
If all students across the world planted just one tree, the difference it would make would be so remarkable. It is amazing how one small act can make such a big difference. We should also step up and care more for the environment by increasing our recycling, reducing and reusing efforts.
I recycle every year through my Sunday school and we also collect our extra pocket money to give to children who are not fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunities we have. I would like to encourage other people my age to do the same because it would make the world a better place. When you help other children or save the environment, the feeling of contentment you get is just priceless.
Adults too have a role to be more responsible towards the welfare of others and take better care of the environment or we will have a bleak future to face.
My responsibility as a Malaysian and a citizen of the world is to keep the environment clean and inform others of the importance of being civic conscious.
* Vanessa Joyce Tan is a Year 6 student at Sri Garden International. She enjoys art, reading and learning mathematics.