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All Saints adopts sustainable agriculture programme

Published on: Friday, September 07, 2012

Kota Kinabalu: All Saints Secondary School in Likas made history of sorts by becoming the first school here to adopt a sustainable agriculture programme as part of its students' co-curriculum activities.

The programme was launched by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who was represented by the Ministry's Permanent Secretary Datuk Michael Emban, in a ceremony held at the school Thursday.

The event also witnessed the official launching of the school Horticulture Club, which has been operating informally since April last year.

The programme involves planting of vegetables, using organic compound materials as fertiliser, at certain areas within the school compound by the teachers and students who would later sell the produces.

Masidi, in his speech delivered by Michael, hoped this initiative by the school would be emulated by the other primary and secondary schools, as it can help instil more awareness among students and the public on the importance of environmental conservation.

Hoping the programme can serve as an alternative for the community in dealing with agriculture related issues, he believed if all the schools can do the same there would be a positive change to the environment and our daily life.

The school's excellent principal Tiong Ai Ping, State Education Department Director's representative Haji Mohd Makhtar Haji Nor, Anglican School Alumni Association President Charles Chong, and its Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) President Lifred Wong, among others, were also present.

State Education Director Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin, in his speech read by Mohd Makhtar, also commended the school for the initiative and hoped it can help in organising a workshop on Bokashi fertiliser preparation for the other schools.

Tiong, during the press conference held later, said the school will continuously implement the programme for the benefit of its students and plans to share its experience with its twin school in Japan.

Lifred, on behalf of the parents, said they appreciated the initiative made by the school through this programme which not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but also involves practicality, because the participating teachers and students practise what they learn in theory.