Educational Activities (May-June 2015)

Date: August 21st 2015

Text and Photos by BSBCC

We believe through education or recreation experiences, people can become more interested in knowing their role in conserving wildlife. With that knowledge, they may become better stewards of our biodiversity heritage. At BSBCC, we welcome any group visits to our Centre as they will get to know more about the world’s smallest bear species – the sun bear.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students visit BSBCC

A total of 75 students and their lecturer, Ms. Azniza from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) visited our Centre on the 24th of May. As part of their Wildlife Management course, they made a trip from Kota Kinabalu to Sepilok, Sandakan. After arriving in the afternoon, their visit started off with an introductory presentation by Ms. Gloria Ganang, BSBCC Environmental Education Executive. Mr. Wong Siew Te, was very happy to spend his time with the students at the platform and he was glad to answer all the questions that the students asked. We are always more than excited to share the knowledge and information about sun bears to these potential future wildlife-conservationist!

Gloria gave a talk about the sun bears and our Centre.

Mr. Wong explaining about the roles of sun bear in the forest.

One of the students trying to capture a photo of sun bear through our spotting scope.

Group photo!

Outreach Programme
Besides that, BSBCC Education unit is currently working together with one of the British Council mentor, Ms. Julia Morse who is teaching in four different schools in Sandakan district. After a few meetings with Ms. Julia, we agreed to design a new outreach education programme that focuses on the awareness of the protected animals in Sabah whilst complementing the Primary School Standard Curriculum. Together with few interactive activities such as animal mask colouring, creating a sun bear mini book and wildlife documentary video show, this programme is conducted in both Malay and English language so that it can be easily understood and attractive for school kids to learn English.

SK Sg. Padas, Sandakan (9th May 2015) 

Animal mask colouring competition!

Here are the winners!

Ain, BSBCC’s intern interacting with students and parents at our display booth.

SK Tanjung Papat 2, Sandakan (16th June 2015)

Making a sun bear booklet with Gloria and Julia.

A student with his sun bear booklet.

A student comparing his height with a Bornean sun bear.

Mandy, BSBCC’s volunteer helping the students with their masks.

Students lining up with their masks on while the judges pick the best masks during the animal mask making competition!

Working together with the teachers was an absolute pleasure for us as we could exchange ideas and develop more interactive and meaningful activities for the school kids. Hopefully, with this kind of awareness programme, young kids would be more eager to learn more about our wildlife and in future, contribute to any conservation work.

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