The Ministry of Education (MoE) through the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre coordinated the participation of students and teachers at the second ASEAN-Japan Symposium on Marine Plastic Waste Education organised by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) which was held online yesterday.
Eight ASEAN member states (AMS) and Japan attended the symposium along with 300 students from 25 primary and secondary schools, including sixth form centres in Brunei, and STEP Centre officers.
The first session of the symposium, ‘Spreading the Light to Nurture Good Habits for Cleaner Oceans’, was attended by Senior Education Officer from STEP Centre as the project partner of the ASEAN-Japan EcoSchool Programme from Brunei Misli bin Moksin, and ASEAN-Japan Centre student fellows and project partners from AMS and Japan.
The second session of the symposium, titled ‘Initiatives of the young generation in ASEAN-Japan to reduce marine plastic waste’, was represented by Lumapas Primary School students Muhammad Faqeeh Rayyan bin Loqman and Darwisyah Nabilah binti Jamel who recorded a video presentation on the initiative implemented by the school to use plastic bottles for decoration and reusing waste materials to make robots.
Participants also pledged to nurture good habits for cleaner oceans. The act signified a shared commitment to change behaviours and promote a conscious effort to reduce plastic waste among youth in the region.
The participation of students from Brunei was in line with the MoE’s committment to Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Strategy 10: Awareness and Education.