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The Master Sustainability Fund’s first beneficiary – SK Perdana Jaya SS19 – launched its urban farming and environmental awareness project.
One of the leading providers of sustainable transport systems, Scania Malaysia established its ‘Master Sustainability’ Fund to motivate and assist local primary schools to start up curricular and extra-curricular activities that focus on sustainability.
The Fund’s first beneficiary – Sekolah Kebangsaan Perdana Jaya SS19 – launched its urban farming and environmental awareness project, which features a self-sustaining herb and fruit plantation that uses compost and hydroponics.
The funds made from the ‘Master Sustainability’ programme would be used for purchasing seeds and eco-friendly fertilisers along with materials such as compost makers and a hydroponic system.
The school would also purchase items to aid its environmental project, which includes putting up recycling bins and signboards throughout its premises as well as activities such as a mural.
“We were impressed with the Sekolah Kebangsaan Perdana Jaya SS19’s urban farming proposal and how it exemplifies Scania's goal of mastering sustainability. So we are very excited to fund such a like-minded initiative," said Scania Southeast Asia's Managing Director Marie Sjödin Enström.
“For Scania, it is about doing the right things and doing things right. We are aware of how climate change could greatly impact our future generations, which is why we made the decision to nurture the young to become sustainability leaders and help save Mother Earth," added Marie.
Puan Norzila Ishak, the school’s headmistress, said she was delighted that Scania liked their green idea and would fund the start-up of what they hoped would be a self-sustainable project after a few months and be sustained by the income generated from the sales of the urban farming produce.
“We hope that this initiative would give our students a better understanding of urban farming on how food is grown, treated (before and after) and harvested and learn how to adopt environmental-friendly planting methods using household waste, organic refuse and water-based solutions. We are certain that it would be an educational process for them to care for what they have planted, watch them grow and sell them," added Puan Norzila.
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