UUM ONLINE: To instill awareness amongst schoolchildren about the importance of conserving the environment in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and harmful pollution, students of the Public Relations course (C), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) School of Multimedia, Technology and Communication (SMMTC) organised the 'Preserving The Earth' programme with the children with special needs of SMK Arau, Perlis recently.
The programme which saw the participation of nine students pursuing the Public Relations course and fellow lecturer, Dr. Mohd Zuwairi Mat Saad carried out environmental conservation activities with the students with special needs namely planting of ornamental trees and planting of trees using recycled materials.
The division of groups was done based on the stages of the problems faced by the students with special educational needs which included autism, dyslexia, Down Syndrome, hyperactive and learning problems.
Programme Director, Mr. Muhammad Nazrul Azman said most programmes related to the environment focused more on able-bodied and normal people out there but not much exposure was given to students with special needs.
"It is our hope that the students will better understand and be able to apply the activities carried out in an on-going manner in taking care of the environment for the collective well-being of the society," he said.
Meanwhile, the Senior Teacher of the Student with Special Educational Needs department, Mdm. Junaidah thanked all the participants for carrying out the programme which had brought about benefits to the students with special needs in terms of conservation of the environment.
"I hope that this program will be continued in the future so that students with special needs do not feel that they are being marginalized by the society," she explained.
The programme concluded with the presentation of prizes and mementos between the Director of the programme and fellow representatives of the school.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir