Education and Public Awareness Programme

Project Description

Since 2013, DGFC has been involved in education and conservation awareness activities, either as a participant or an organiser. DGFC’s Education and Conservation Awareness Programme is led by the Education Officer, Clarice Kelly Samih and supported by the rest of the DGFC team. Its main objectives are:

  • To promote public awareness and understanding of the benefits of conservation, especially the importance of Sabah’s wildlife and its habitat.
  • To implement conservation awareness programmes that have been (co-) funded by partner institutions.

In addition, since 2014 DGFC has been a member of the Sabah Environmental Education Network (SEEN) as a step towards further developing conservation-related activities in the State of Sabah. SEEN members run their programmes on their own but there is an annual meeting to report all of the activities and to discuss how to improve our environmental education programme.

Current/ongoing programmes:


Attention! – During the COVID19 pandemic of 2020, our education and awareness programmes have been adapted to include healthy social distancing practices while still striving to achieve the objectives we have set out to do.


This project aims to spread awareness and educate the public about environmental issues using social media during the period of MCO and any movement restrictions afterwards. It provides an additional platform for DGFC to communicate with the public about conservation matters while allowing DGFC’s scientist and staff to share and create short videos base on their individual expertise and experiences.

Headed by Tim Chang, a Research Officer at DGFC, a total of six short informative videos are to be released once at the end of each month, starting on July 2020 to November 2020. These short videos will be released on the DGFC’s YouTube channel, and shared onto its other social media platforms.
Stay tuned for all the videos!

Urban Wildlife of Sabah

 


This programme aims to help children and adults understand the critical role that the ecosystems and its wildlife play in the health of the planet as well as building a sense of connection between them and the wildlife. Maz, as project manager, hopes to inspire better conservation awareness and effort among the public by engaging people’s creativity and promoting a conservation mind-set.

A total of seven art contests, ranging in different art styles and themes, were planned from June 2020 to December 2020. Once a month, a designated art contest and its criteria will be announced and open to the public to submit their art entries. Entries will close at the end of the month and the winner of that art contest will be announced shortly thereafter. The winner will receive a prize while top artworks will be displayed on to DGFC’s social media platforms.

List of art contests 2020:

1) Malaysia’s Endangered Wildlife Species
2) Eco-Art Contest
3) Wildlife or animals around you (August)
4) Forest and wildlife (September)
5) My beautiful earth (October)
6) Wildcats of Borneo ( November)
7) Environmental Issues (December)


Early in 2020, the Tuaran District Education Officer, Rasa Ria Resort Tuaran, and DGFC, selected eight schools in the Tuaran District to participate in the “Environmental Awareness and Food Safety Activities 2020” program. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it has not been possible to implement this program physically. However, the organisers are committed to implement it virtually through Facebook live on 12th July 2020.

The main objectives of the program are as follow:

  1. To increase awareness and understanding of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.
  2. To inspire students to become future leaders of wildlife conservation in Sabah.
  3. To increase awareness and understanding of wildlife diversity in Sabah.
  4. To increase awareness and understanding of hand and food safety during this COVID 19 pandemic.

Target Audience
Secondary students aged 13-17 years old in the Tuaran district. However, public (parents) are encouraged to participate.

Expected Audience Outcomes

  1. Participants aware of the importance of maintaining food safety and hand washing activities especially during COVID 19 pandemic.
  2. Strengthen their knowledge and awareness of current environmental/wildlife (hunting/illegal trade/illegal pet/deforestation) issues.
  3. Believe that individual and collective actions can make a difference.
  4. Develop greater empathy toward wildlife.
  5. Be familiar with a variety of laws and regulations that influence how natural resources (wildlife) are used and protected.


2013 – 2015

  • Sunda Clouded Leopard and Carnivore Outreach Programme

2016

  1. Exhibition at YSD World Environmental Day at University Collage Sabah Foundation.
  2. Exhibition at Rhythm of Rimba at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan.
  3. Exhibition at 2nd International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands 2016
  4. Talk to students at Kinabalu International School about Sabah’s Wildlife.

2017

  1. Exhibition at Petroscience Kota Kinabalu in conjunction of Earth Day 2017
  2. Wildlife Conservation Awareness Programme in Telupid
  3. Wildlife Conservation Awareness Programme in Ranau
  4. Wildlife Junior Ranger Programme at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (in partnership with the SWD Education Unit)
  5. Exhibition at YSD World Environmental Day 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre.
  6. Sunda Clouded Leopard & Carnivores Outreach Programme Exhibition at Le Meridian Hotel, during the International Workshop on Sunda Clouded Leopard Conservation in Sabah.

2018

  1. Program Jelajah Entilibon (Entilibon Outreach Program)
  2. Elephant 101 Workshop in conjunction of World Elephant Day 2018 (in partnership with Seratu Aatai and Sabah Wildlife Department)
  3. Pangolin Education Camp
  4. Exhibition at UMS in conjunction of World Wildlife Day
  5. Pangolin Awareness Program at Kota Kinabalu High School
  6. Pangolin Awareness Talk at Rasa Ria Resort & Spa Tuaran

2019

  1. Pangolin Education Camp
  2. Wildlife Awareness and Education Outreach Programme (Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud & Penampang)
  3. Wild Weekend at Tanjung Aru’s Library
  4. Exhibition at Wild Run Event organised by US Embassy of Malaysia
  5. “I am a Biologist” education program co-organised with Rasa Ria Resort & Spa Tuaran
  6. “Wildlife Conservation and Awareness Nurture From Young” (in partnership with Pusat Perkembangan Minda Bijak)

2020

  1. KKIA Pangolin Awareness Program
  2. Exhibition at KeTAMU Event
  3. Talk to students at Kinabalu International School about Sabah’s Wildlife.
  4. Exhibition at Dewan Masyarakat Tawau in conjunction of World Wildlife Day
  5. Exhibition at UMS in conjunction of World Wildlife Day