KUALA LUMPUR: IN conjunction with World Water Day this March 22, Salcon Bhd recently took 30 Year Six pupils from SK Putra Perdana, Puchong for a river and water awareness programme at Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
All the 12-year-olds not only learnt about water pollution and conservation in theory, but also about so many things first-hand by getting into the shallow river here.
The children learnt how to monitor the river using physical, biological and chemical tests under the guidance of Water Watch Penang (WWP) facilitators.
Head prefect Nur Anis Zarith Sofia Zam Azizul said that she was excited to join the programme.
"We were taught how to determine the health of river water through its colour, smell, pH level and number of aquatic organisms," she said.
Student Irfan Aqil Azmi said the most exciting part of the programme was when they were divided into groups to look out for aquatic organisms.
"We had to work as a team to look for them and we were surprised to find many different organisms in the shallow river," he said.
Nurasheeken Mohammad, another 12-year old, said she would like to participate in more programmes of this nature.
Emran Ezran said the programme would help him ace his science paper for the UPSR.
"My friends and I will be sitting for the UPSR in a few months, and by involving in activities such as these, I get to release stress as well as learn about new things," he said.
Salcon corporate senior manager Chern Meng Gaik said that the programme was initiated in 2010, and is part of the company's corporate social responsibility programme.
"Salcon strongly believes in advocating water cooperation via an educational approach to raise awareness of the importance of water," said Chern.
She added that Salcon was recently awarded the Honorable Mention Award (educational service category) in the Asia-Pacific Enterprise Cooperation in Singapore.
"This has further encouraged us to continue our efforts to promote the value of conserving our rivers to our younger generation," she said.
This is the fourth consecutive year Salcon is organising the programme in collaboration with WWP and Malaysian Water Partnership.
WWP representative Hong Chern Wern said the main objective of the programme is to enable the students to learn and have some fun at the same time.
"We hope that we will be able to get Malaysians to be more aware about the importance of conserving water and minimising river pollution," said Hong.