A Kindergarten Education Journey in Ocean Conservation and Waste Management

We are a group of 10 students from HELP University, enrolled in the GEN3513 Communication and Leadership Skills course, and one of our assignments involves collaborating with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to conduct a project aimed at raising awareness about the important issues that the NGO addresses. We decided to collaborate with ProjekWaste, who is dedicated to ocean conservation and waste management. We embarked on a mission to address the lack of environmental awareness among youngsters.

Recognizing the pivotal role of early education, our project aimed to promote understanding and action on ocean conservation and waste management, with a specific focus on kindergarten children.

Our project unfolded through a series of engaging activities carefully crafted to educate and inspire the young minds of the kindergarten children. We started the day with an interactive presentation delving into the wonders of marine life and the pressing issue of waste management. Through a dynamic question and answer session, we gauged the children’s existing knowledge and piqued their curiosity about the topic.

Following this, we dove into hands-on activities designed to drive home the importance of proper waste disposal. The Trash Elimination Challenge saw children sorting different types of waste into designated bins, learning firsthand the importance of segregating waste for recycling.

The Recycling Relay injected an element of fun and teamwork, as mentors and mentees collaborated to sort different types of recyclable materials into designated bins. This hands-on activity not only reinforced the importance of proper waste disposal but also encouraged teamwork and cooperation among the children and their mentors.

Amidst the excitement, we paused for an intermission, gathering the children in a circle for Environmental Storytelling. Here, we shared captivating tales of nature, the ocean, and environmental conservation, encouraging the children to share their own experiences and observations.

Lastly, the Marine Life Coloring Session provided a creative outlet for the children to express themselves while reinforcing the importance of protecting marine biodiversity. Each activity was carefully crafted to engage the children in meaningful learning experiences, leaving a lasting impression of the importance of environmental stewardship.

The impact of our efforts was twofold: we instilled environmental awareness and behavioral change in the children, fostering a sense of responsibility and sustainability from a young age, while also contributing to a more environmentally conscious and collaborative society.

 Our achievements ranged from creating awareness among the children to fostering teamwork and organizational skills, all while gaining valuable insights into effective methods of promoting environmental stewardship. By connecting our project to ocean conservation and waste management, we emphasized the importance of starting small and empowering the next generation to make a difference. We call upon others to join us in supporting similar initiatives, practicing responsible waste management, and nurturing a greener, more sustainable future for our planet and its oceans.

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Alvin Chelliah

Karthika is a HELP University student with a deep passion for nature and environmental conservation. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, she was assigned to undertake the project at the kindergarten, where she found an outlet to merge her academic pursuits with her love for the environment.
Follow Karthika on IG: @ktk_karthika

Picture of Alvin Chelliah
Alvin Chelliah

Karthika is a HELP University student with a deep passion for nature and environmental conservation. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, she was assigned to undertake the project at the kindergarten, where she found an outlet to merge her academic pursuits with her love for the environment.
Follow Karthika on IG: @ktk_karthika

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