Students get close to Mother Nature during Genting retreat

genting retreat 1 061215 shaunAbout 100 students take part in a two-day retreat held at Genting Awana Resort. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Low Han Shaun, December 6, 2015.

About 100 students from single-parent and poor families took part in a two-day eco-awareness programme at Genting Awana Resort, near Kuala Lumpur, over the weekend.

The Genting Back to Nature Retreat 2015 is aimed at teaching the participants, who are students from Bentong and Raub, the importance of maintaining the ecosystem.

The students took part in various activities including an eco talk and learn survival skills and how to set up camps.

They also went on a night walk and hunt for "treasures"."These activities are designed for the participants to discover their talents and limitations. It also enhances leadership skills while promoting self improvement, self discovery and motivation," said Genting resort communications and public relations vice-president Katherine Chew.

Chew also said that the surrounding jungle at Genting Highlands was the perfect place to start training participants in learning the importance of maintaining the ecosystem.

"The virgin jungle surrounding us today is 130 million years old and home to various wild flora and fauna of the Ditro Carp rainforest.

"This opens up an opportunity for participants to learn jungle survival skills and develop team building skills to become more self-confident individuals as well as learning the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal," she said.

The retreat was held at Awana Genting Longhouse.

The programme director of environmental organisation Eco Knights Fadly Bakthiar conducted the eco talk where he shared ways to reduce resource comsumption and how to manage waste using the 3R – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – techiques.

The students learned how waste could be converted into something useful in their daily lives.

The participants also learn about teamwork during the retreat. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Low Han Shaun, December 6, 2015.The participants also learn about teamwork during the retreat. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Low Han Shaun, December 6, 2015.

They also picked up some jungle surviving skills in the Eco Nature Trail, which is a 1.8 kilometre jungle trekking programme.

Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who launched the retreat, said the government was also promoting recycling and corporations had a key role to play in creating ecological sustainability.

"Our government always try to get the collaboration of the private companies to host programmes (on ecological awareness) and we also promote cooporate social responsibility," she said.

She said the Back to Nature Retreat was one of the ways to educate the younger generation on the importance of living harmoniously with nature. – December 6, 2015.

- Source: Malaysian Insider

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