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Published: Monday, 17 June 2019 09:52
by Wong Jun Hao
20th April 2019, Kuala Lumpur – EcoKnights, in partnership with Gamuda Parks continued their GParks Rangers programme catered specifically for children aged 5 to 12 years old for April with 2 enticing eco-workshops. This is part of the long running and ongoing program to engage children in experiential learning for sustainable living. The first session was a composting workshop held on the 20th of April and the second was a soap-making workshop on the 27th of April, both of which were great successes!
The composting workshop on the 20th April, which happened at Taman Tugu, saw 11 inquisitive Junior Rangers joining to learn about sustainable organic waste management through garden composting. The kids went through the process of making their own compost-in-a-container model and were reminded that the part of food which humans don’t consume are as equally valuable as those that humans do eat. The workshop combined hands-on preparation of the compost and also practical tips on how to optimise the decomposition of organic waste, all presented in ways that kept every kid’s curiosity engaged.
The second workshop, that was focussed on soap-making from used cooking oil, was held on the 27th at Taman Tugu for 26 more little rangers. The junior rangers learnt the step-by-step process of making a household soap with used cooking oil as one of the ingredients, and how it is a sustainable practice that prevents cooking oil from being discarded down the drain and polluting our waterways and rivers. The workshop started off with a brief introduction on the concept and basics of soap-making, which was then followed by a demonstration of each step as the knights walked participants through the process.
Parents and children alike joined in the experience, and it was very encouraging as well as refreshing to see their enthusiasm and eagerness in trying their hands at these new activities, which would help them to be better stewards of our planet. At the end of the event, every ranger had succeeded in producing their own project that they could bring home. Overall, both events went smoothly and our bright little rangers walked away with not just their self-made but also a sprouting idea on living in harmony with nature.
To parents out there, if you have small children at the age of 5 to 12, you may register your children as a GParks Ranger and be among the lucky ones to attend these environment-themed workshops Free of Charge. We welcome new members every day and you may register your kids at the website (www.gparksranger.com) at the ‘LogIn’ page by creating an account.
Stay tuned on the monthly workshops by following us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) at @EcoKnights. If you are interested or have any inquiries about the GParks Ranger program, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call EcoKnights office at +6 (03) 7731 8361.
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