Young Voices for Conservation - School Programme
"TrEES School Programme has done something that no other has done before this. That is the programme has made us “wake up” to the surroundings and the global concerns on our environment. It has made us realize that we are the youth on whose shoulders lies the responsibility of conserving the beauty and vigor of forests. The programme has thus instilled in us, a sense of belonging which we never felt before."
"I have participated in many competitions in the past, each one being challenging in its own way. But the truth is the YV4C Programme may be deemed the most challenging of them all with all sorts of different and mind blowing tasks. I have truly learnt a lot throughout the programme such as vital life skills."
TrEES school programme “Young Voices for Conservation” harnesses the spirit and energy of the youth to create positive change in themselves and the community around them.
The greatest thing we can do for our young people is to prepare them for life, by providing them with tools and skills they will need to succeed. Young Voices for Conservation does just that, allowing youth to explore their creativity, unlock their hidden potential, and to achieve extraordinary results.
Now in its fifth year, the programme targets secondary schools and aims to develop future leaders who are passionate and active in conserving the environment. The programme is run with the approval of the Ministry of Education.
Under the programme, students are trained to become effective role models for their peers and act as agents of change in school and at home, to minimise their impact on the environment. Students participate in training workshops and go on site visits to build their capacity and learn important life-skills such as project planning, financial management, problem solving and communication skills.
Using the skills they have learned, students plan and implement an environmental project in their school. They become mentors to their classmates, showing them how to take action to protect the environment. Their projects are effective because it is by students for students.
Through their passion, the student teams motivate themselves and their classmates to practice the 4Rs’ (Re-think, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) in their everyday actions that become the foundation for their path towards environmental consciousness. Students come to realize that they can be active environmentalists no matter what career they pursue, or what field interests them. The environment affects all things, and is in turn, affected by all things.