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GGAF and Public Bank Berhad Collaborate to Foster Climate Change Education through Eco-Schools Malaysia Programme

Ten schools in Kuantan, Pahang will participate in Eco-Schools Malaysia Programme with focus on financial literacy and responsible consumption.

KUANTAN, PAHANG, 21 AUGUST 2023 – In a significant step towards promoting environmental awareness and sustainable education, the Green Growth Asia Foundation (GGAF) and Public Bank Berhad (PBB) have joined hands to empower the future generation with eco-conscious values. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations to mark this collaboration, which aims to sponsor 20 schools across Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as part of the Eco-Schools Malaysia programme.

The signing ceremony, held today at SMK (P) Methodist, Kuantan, was attended by esteemed representatives including one Principal and one Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) representative from each of the 10 participating schools in Pahang. This momentous event not only signifies a shared commitment towards fostering sustainable education but also reinforces GGAF and PBB’s dedication to creating a greener and more responsible future.

CAPTION: Note of Collaboration (NOC) Signing Ceremony between Green Growth Asia Foundation, Public Bank Berhad and 10 schools from Pahang for the Eco-Schools Malaysia programme

As the national programme coordinator, GGAF brings its expertise and experience in environmental initiatives to the partnership. By coordinating and driving the Eco-Schools Malaysia programme, GGAF is at the forefront of molding young minds to become advocates of sustainability.

Public Bank Berhad, a prominent financial institution, has taken on the role of a sponsor and facilitator of the programme. Through funding the sustainable schools programme and mobilising the Eco-Schools Malaysia volunteer programme, PBB demonstrates its dedication to not only the financial well-being of the communities it serves but also to the well-being of the environment.

As an integral aspect of this collaboration, PBB and GGAF will co-organise financial literacy modules and workshops centered around sustainable production and consumption. These educational modules will equip students with essential life skills, enabling them to make informed decisions about their finances while championing responsible consumption habits. The curriculum will encourage students to embrace practices such as supporting local products and services, reducing plastic usage and actively contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) initiatives.

CAPTION: Speech from Green Growth Asia Foundation’s Chief Executive, Dr Balamurugan Ratha Krishnan at the Note of Collaboration (NOC) Signing Ceremony between Green Growth Asia Foundation, Public Bank Berhad and 10 schools from Pahang for the Eco-Schools Malaysia programme

Dr. Balamurugan Ratha Krishnan, Chief Executive of GGAF, expressed his optimism about the partnership, stating, “Today’s collaboration between GGAF and Public Bank Berhad, together with schools and their respective Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), exemplifies our shared commitment to nurturing a generation that not only understands the significance of sustainability but actively empowering youth in individual climate action.”

A PTA member shared their enthusiasm for the programme, highlighting the potential impact on students’ lives. “I believe this partnership and the Eco-Schools programme serve as a prime opportunity to nurture today’s youth in schools in climate change education and carbon emissions reduction,” stated Prof. Dato’ Dr. Shankar Sayapathi. 

The partnership between GGAF and PBB promises to be a pioneering force in shaping a greener, more informed and responsible generation. Through their collective efforts, they are ensuring that students not only learn from textbooks but also acquire practical skills that will enable them to make a positive impact on the environment and society.

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