| Aziz Idris |
PONI Divers hosted an outing for 47 students and six school teachers of Sayyidina Ali Secondary School as part of the third-term school holiday recently.
This was the second time such an event was organised with the last one held back in 2012. The event took students out to the ocean and introduced them to the pristine coral reefs of Brunei. The aim was to expose them to the need for coral reef conservation and the issues ocean faces today.
The students who were split into two groups of 26 individuals were first briefed on safety. One group then went out to Pelong Rock for snorkeling, while the other stayed for a short workshop on coral propagation activities and shark conservation, by Wong Thye Sing, the General Manager of Poni Divers. Later each group switched activities.
After lunch break, the groups attended a workshop on the importance of coral reefs and various issues concerning oceans around the world and in Brunei.
The students were keen to learn and asked several questions.
“It was amazing to see how excited the students were as most of them had never snorkeled or seen the coral reefs before,” Wong Thye Sing said.
He said this was a great way to educate about the world around them, its environmental issues by letting them directly interact with the topics they study.
Poni Divers is hosting such events for other interested schools and groups at subsidised costs for increasing awareness about coral reef conservation. Poni Divers is seeking corporate support to continue such programmes. Interested parties can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to join or sponsor such events.