UNIMAS TO LEAD ANIMAL CONSERVATION & AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AMONG SCHOOLS IN SARAWAK –KEMBARA ZOOLOGI
The Department of Zoology, Faculty Resource Science dan Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak has successfully launched its “Kembara Zoologi” Programme 2016 on the 6 October at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Muara Tuang, Kota Samarahan. This half-day programme was designed to approach local communities within Sarawak through knowledge transfer and sharing. We will be targetting schools around Samarahan before spreading out to the whole of Sarawak. This is in line with the call by the Ministry of Education to involve industries and agencies.This long-term programme was initiated back then in 2013, has successfully involved 5 schools in Kuching-Kota Samarahan area. With the theme “Natural Resources and Environment”, Kembara Zoologi has been targeted on primary and secondary school students, parents and teachers. Besides, this project is aimed to raise awareness on local flora and fauna diversity and other science-related matters, such as 3R (Reduce-Reuse-Recyle) concept as well as the knowledge on sustainable use of natural resources. Sometimes we dont know what we have until we have lost it, therefore young generation need to be aware on the importance of conservation of biodiversity. We are smack right in the middle of biodiversity hotspot and in order to appreciate this richness we will need to understand and embrace the concept of sustainability.
“Kembara Zoologi” Programme at SK Jalan Muara Tuang, being one of the ‘Pacsa-UPSR’ activities, involved 218 students represented by Year 6 students, 7 teachers, supported by 32 staff and post-graduate students of Department of Zoology.. Activities in this programme includes “Natural Resources and Biodiversity” slide presentation, Biodiversity modules with activities, as well as wild life specimen exhibition.
Students doing Amphibian and Reptiles module activity with the help of UNIMAS postgraduate students.(Photo by Badiozaman Sulaiman)