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Make The Change to Heal The World

Make The Change to Heal The World

Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) believes that to make the world a better place, you have to take a look at yourself and make that change.

One of the ways it tries is by teaching scholars about the importance of preserving the environment, including the need to recycle from a young age.

Not only are the scholars helping to heal the world, but they are starting with the man in the mirror by contributing ideas on how best to express their love for Earth.

In conjunction with Earth Day this week, some of these ideas were displayed on the notice board at the school as a constant reminder of what they need to do to help the earth heal.

Chithra Nair, who is Head of GOTS Pre-Primary, had also given scholars the task to build tables out of ecobricks.

Ecobricks are plastic bottles packed with plastic or other material to a set density to create a reusable building block.

“This is an ongoing project. Please start bringing in whatever plastic bottles you can find,” she told the scholars at a recent gathering at Elmina East, where she also showed them videos of how to make the ecobricks.

Chithra said she hopes the project would help the scholars see that they can make something useful from discarded items.

The school’s pre-primary scholars also had fun painting and making signs about protecting Earth.

The tiny tots then marched into each classroom to convey their ‘message’ to fellow scholars and remind them how they can help to save Earth during their ongoing mid-term break.

Pre-primary coach Pushpa Devi Subramaniam said: “The scholars really had so much fun making the posters and signs but they also learnt a lot.

“They enjoyed marching around the school and chanting ‘Save Earth, it starts with us’ and that is what we are trying to tell them. Saving Earth begins with them.”

GOTS co-founder Veronica Shepherdson said GOTS always strives to be different in its coaching of the scholars.

Besides instilling life skills in them via its programmes such as Financial Smart and Shine, it tries to educate the scholars about Earth and the environment.

“We take a holistic approach in the way we educate our scholars. It is not just about being book-smart. We want them to be ideal human beings who are adept at life,” said Shepherdson.

“All our lessons and programmes are geared for that, which is why we have activities such as an anti-bullying campaign, special weeks for English, Bahasa Melayu, Science and Maths, among others.

“Next month, we are organising a leadership course for the scholars as we want to build leaders of tomorrow.

“Raising awareness about Earth Day is just one example of how we prepare the scholars to think beyond the school,” she said.

To learn more about GOTS, visit www.gots.edu.my

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