Five Bruneian students have recently participated in the virtual STEP Environment Camp 2021, which took place from November 15 to 19.
A total of ten Asian countries were involved in the programme, including Brunei. The camp aims to promote environmental care among Asian youth.
Among the participating students were Amal Afiqah binti Awang Haji Rusali from the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, Dk. Syifrah Arifah binti Pg. Haji Isa from the Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College, Siti Aisyah binti Haji Abdul Jalal from the Meragang Sixth Form Centre, Syafiq Shahnizam bin Mohd. Ridhwan Zul Hisyam from the Tutong Sixth Form Centre and Wong Ru Kait from the Belait Sixth Form Centre.
Throughout the virtual camping programme, the participants had the opportunity to attend virtual lectures, workshops, field trips and hands-on workshops. Participants also had the opportunity to create posters as well as essays and make presentations covering various themes, including environment, scientific inquiry and field ecology.
The students were guided by Nurul Fathiah Bazilah binti Haji Ibrahim, Education Officer, Science and Technology Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, Ministry of Education.
During the virtual camping programme, the students successfully came second place for the Environment Poster Award and third place for the Environment Award Presentation.
The students also managed to create a poster and research essay titled “Peatlands: A Dying Gem”. Apart from that, the students have collaborated with students from NUS High School in Singapore in deliberating a project titled “The Black Gold of the Forest” regarding the conservation of mangrove species in Brunei and Singapore.
The participants of the programme are expected to share their experiences with their friends in their respective schools towards exposing green practices among youth.
The event was organized by the Temasek Foundation and National University Singapore.