Principal: Pupils dedicated to preserving the habitat

PETALING JAYA, Tues. —The 1,820 pupils of Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Samad here are deeply involved in environment projects one of the main factors besides participation in school and community projects which will assure them of receiving a letter of appreciation from the school.

Principal Dharam Prakash, an ardent believer in preserving Mother Earth from all harm, stresses now and then to the pupils the need to save Earth from destruction.

"To inculcate the love for nature and the environment, I have incorporated environment-related projects in the 30 societies and clubs in the school," he said. He said among the many

projects undertaken by the Environment and Geography Club and other clubs and societies were planting of trees and flowering plants, gotong royong and beautifying the school compound with mini-gardens.

"The school also invites environmentalists to give talks," he said.

One of the latest "craze" among the pupils after reading the New Straits Times is to collect old newspapers.

"For the past one month, the pupils and teachers have been bringing in old newspapers from their homes to participate in the New Straits Times National

Environmental Education Programme," said Dharam. He said they were impressed by the overwhelming response from the schools, institutions and colleges to the NST recycling programme.

The NST Environmental Education Programme is organized by the NSTP and the Education Ministry and was launched by Education Minister Datuk Dr Amar Sulaiman Daud on Feb 22.

On hand to receive the old newspapers from Dharam was NSTP delivery executive Mohd Azali Abdul.

The school also held a blood donation campaign today. Seventy pupils gave blood to the University Hospital’s blood bank.



Source : New Straits Times, August 12, 1992

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