25 · Nov · 2021
PCG Champions Plastic Education Among Teachers and School Students Nationwide
Kuala Lumpur, 25 November – PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) recently held a series of Plastic, Sustainability and You webinars for teachers and students from primary and secondary schools nationwide, as part of its effort to educate more individuals on sustainability, separation of waste at source and responsible plastic management.
The webinar content is based on the Plastic, Sustainability & You supplementary module that was developed together with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Solid Water Corporation (SWCorp) and the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) in 2019. The module has been distributed to more than 10,000 schools nationwide.
The webinar, which reached more than 130,000 views was held live on the Pusat STEM Negara YouTube and Facebook channels and over three sessions. The first session was for the teachers to facilitate them in teaching the module effectively, whilst the second and third sessions were targeted at secondary and primary school students respectively. Students were taught on how best to access the module and were encouraged to adopt a sustainable lifestyle while sharing the knowledge with family and friends.
Addressing the teachers and students during the webinar, Head of Strategic Communications and Administration Norfaila Hassan commented, “As a company that is committed to ensuring that our business practices are in line with globally recognised standards for Environment, Economic, Social & Governance (EESG), the Plastics, Sustainability and You module is one of our efforts to educate society about plastics, proper waste management and the role of individuals especially educators and students towards a more sustainable future.”
Dr Hajah Roziah Abdullah, Director of Educational Planning & Research Division of the Ministry of Education Malaysia in her opening speech spoke about the importance of knowledge gained from this webinar as the country is facing the issue of unmanaged plastic waste. “It is especially important to educate the younger generation. The World Wildlife Fund report estimated that the consumption of plastic food packaging in Malaysia reached 148,000 metric tons over the past year with one study in estimating that the country produces 0.94 million tonnes of unmanaged plastic waste and 0.14 to 0.37 million tonnes may enter the oceans,” she added.
The webinar was initiated last year with the participation of 1,300 teachers nationwide. It was also conducted for various other stakeholders including employees and government departments to encourage the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle. This initiative is part of PCG’s New Plastics Economy agenda that supports the nation’s circular economy agenda, ultimately shaping a more sustainable tomorrow.
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