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Mr. Wan Shuib, an officer from the PDD (Education District), along with Eco Club Malaysia are embarking on a new assignment that proposes to create a more sustainable and eco-aware environment in local secondary schools. The six secondary schools joining the project are SMK Perimbun, SMK Jalan 3, SMK Kajang Utama, SMK Khir Johari, SMK Bandar Rinching and SMK Badar Tasek Kesuma.

The aptly named Pilot Project Green Technology (PPGT) involves five major elements to promote green awareness among young Malaysians.

The first project aims to educate students on the importance of gardening. Gardening gives children important life skills that are often overlooked in traditional school systems. Working in a garden can give the child an experience of responsibility while also observing the cycle of life firsthand. In the process of growing the herbs, the teachers and students will learn about the different species, functions, and basic botany.

The second PPGT proposal plants to build an aquaponic system in the schools. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture with hydroponics in a symbiotic environment. It is a bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetable, flower, and/or herb production. This system allows life to thrive naturally and seamlessly. It has been increasingly popular with homeowners wanting to create a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves. In the KAGC lobby itself is an aquaponics system. With an aquaponics system in schools, it gives the students an opportunity to have hands on experience to understand the way of life.

Similarly to the herb garden, PPGT also proposes to embrace urban farming. With Malaysia becoming progressively first-world, there is mass development that comes with that. The benefits of urban farming is that it uses efficient use of space in areas such as rooftop and even vertical gardens. These take up minimal space but also make tons of fresh healthy produce. Gardening helps people reconnect with Mother Earth and it truly exercises your green thumb.

Growing a garden not only helps you create food but it also gives you the opportunity to try composting. Composting is convenient, beneficial, and an inexpensive way to manage organic waste. Students will get to learn the benefits of composting first hand, which includes enriching the soil, reducing the volume of rubbish requiring disposal and also the economical advantages to it.

One standout element, still fresh to the public but will indefinitely entice the curious, is the Earthship. An Earthship is a passive solar house that is made out of natural and recycled materials such as earth rammed tires to insulate the structure and glass bottles for a beautiful colorful sunlight.

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