|The recently concluded 13th edition of the Toyota Eco Youth, one of the core CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) at UMW Toyota Motor, saw the company reward the worthy TEY-involved schools and winners. The TEY (Toyota ECo Youth) as always cultivates the participants toward a greener and cleaner lifestyle.|
The Toyota Eco Youth Challenge saw rising standards among the 15 participants, with better project planning and strategic partnerships with stakeholders (local councils and municipals). The winning teams proved themselves to be a notch above the rest by not just pulling together a winning project but showing a keen sense of accomplishment. SMK Lopeng Tengah from Miri, Sarawak topped the 2013 TEY competition, while SMK (A) Wataniah from Machang, Kelantan and SM St Michael of Penampang, Sabah captured second and third placings, respectively. As always, winners were judged based on points from onsite judging, website/blog development, exhibition displays and presentation. This point distribution system helped the students see a project in its entirety; from planning and idea development to implementation, marketing, vocal presentation and creative input.
The winning school from Sarawak won it by virtue of implementing a correct strategy, which included engaging the major stakeholders in the State. The stakeholders were the St Barnabas Church, Miri City Council and the domestic environment department. At the same time, the school addressed a strong environmental awareness and managed to obtain very positive response from the supporters in the community.
SMK Wataniah expedited a site clearing initiative at the Felda Kemahang II palm oil plantation, which recognized them as the second place finishers. The students’ “gotong-royong” efforts to clean up the tonnes of trash was not only covered by the local newspapers five times over the campaign period, but also led to an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) being signed between Felda Kemahang II and the Solid Waste Management & Public Cleansing and Tanah Merah Land Office to provide garbage services to that area.
Lastly, third place finishers from St Michael turned their school recycling initiative into a green fund-raiser, and got the school involved with a fun mudball-making project. The mudballs were later thrown into a clogged monsoon drain, while an elementary grease trap was made using recycled materials to clean thedrain. The technical aspects of their project were derived from workshops by the Penampang Works Department, District Council, Irrigation & Drainage Department and Landscaping Department. The kids’ TEY initiatives also landed them the best Blog award.