Solar Ambassadors conduct Scouts Go Solar training for Malaysian Scout Leaders
Environment education has been a key thrust for World Scouting and continues to play an important role in the Scout Movement since it was founded. With most of the Scout programmes and activities focused on environment education and its flagship programmes – World Scout Environment Programme and Scouts Go Solar Programme – Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia partnered with Solafrica and its pool of solar ambassadors to conduct a Scouts Go Solar Workshop for its key leaders across the country who are directly responsible in implementing the Scout Programme in Malayisa.
The PPM Scouts Go Solar Workshop was conducted at the Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kampus Pulau Pinang in Penang, Malaysia on 23-26 March 2019. About 50 Scout Leaders, mostly national and regional commissioners, participated in the workshop to learn about the Scouts Go Solar Programme. The workshop trained local leaders about the programme, including the practical applications of solar activities that could be done during Scout activities. It raised awareness about climate change and the sustainable solutions that could be carried out by Scouts, suitable for their age through learning-by-doing activities on renewable energy technology and solar energy.
“This is always an exciting opportunity for us, to be able to train other Scout Leaders about the programme, and eventually become part of the team who will be implementing it in Malaysia. This is my contribution to my National Scout Organization (Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia) for their trust and confidence when they sent me to Switzerland in 2018 to attend the specialised training, the Scouts Go Solar Training,” said Lau Hooi Lyn, course director of the workshop.
The organisers also sought the help of solar ambassadors Bernando G. de Leon and Erwin C. Villanueva of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. De Leon and Villanueva are among the top implementers of the Scouts Go Solar Programme in the Philippines, responsible for the concept of the Solar Roadshow that has since been replicated in several countries across the world.
De Leon said that he continues to be thankful to WOSM, Greenpeace, Solafrica and now to PPM for the opportunity to be of service. “I have always made myself available for these types of opportunity – to be able to pay it forward. In the same manner that I was given the opportunity to be trained and learn how the programme can be implemented to my Scouts, I am also giving my fellow Scout Leaders the opportunity to learn more about the programme and help us implement it down the line.”
The Scouts Go Solar (SGS) project is an environmental partnership between the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Greenpeace and Solafrica, a Swiss NGO, working in close collaboration with the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland.
With reports from Bernando G. de Leon, National Commissioner for Community-Based Scouting, Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Photo (c) Edwin Lam, Malaysia 2019