24 Mar 2012
MacRitchie Reservoir saw the official launch of the long-awaited ABC Waters Learning Trail Passport – a compilation of the seven ABC Waters Learning Trails islandwide. This was part of the concurrent activities taking place at 15 locations that Saturday morning for Singapore’s World Water Day.
Students from Hwa Chong Institution and CreativeKids led two learning trails – the EcoRitch Learning Trail for primary school students; and the ABC Waters Learning Trail for secondary school students. Both trails received overwhelming response, with more than 1,200 participants in attendance that morning.
Both are experiential ‘outdoor classroom’ sessions that promote hands-on learning. The EcoRitch Learning Trail focuses on promoting appreciation for wildlife, while the ABC Waters Learning Trail focuses on Singapore’s water management, the impact of human actions on our waterways, and the unique ABC Waters design features specific to MacRitchie Reservoir.
Highlights of the day:
Primary school students with Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law before going on the EcoRitch Trail. Led by student facilitators from Hwa Chong Institution, the EcoRitch Trail aims to promote appreciation and awareness of the biodiversity at MacRitchie Reservoir through the Prunus and Petai boardwalk trails.
Hwa Chong Institution students all done with the clean-up at MacRitchie Reservoir! Following this, Hwa Chong Institution student facilitators led their schoolmates and other school students on the ABC Waters Learning Trail @ MacRitchie. The school is an active adopter of MacRitchie Reservoir, playing an instrumental role in helping develop and outreach the Learning Trails with PUB.
Students on the EcoRitch Trail observing the biodiversity around the MacRitchie Reservoir. Located within the nature reserves, MacRitchie Reservoir is synonymous with lush greenery and pristine reservoir waters. Today, it is a popular recreational space for the community, bringing people closer to nature and our waters.
A Hwa Chong Institution student leading the ABC Waters Learning Trail @ MacRitchie Reservoir, explaining the Singapore Water Story to other secondary school students. The ABC Waters Learning Trail @ MacRitchie Reservoir provides participants with the opportunity to engage in active field-based learning activities, like testing the water quality in the reservoir and measuring the pH levels.
Students from Catholic High School explaining the intricacies of their exhibition to Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law.
As part of the ABC Waters Learning Trail @ MacRitchie Reservoir, Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law tests for dissolved oxygen as an indicator of water quality monitoring.
Hwa Chong Institution student Mr Jarel Tang, leads the Learning Trail for Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law; Dr Hon Chiew Weng, Hwa Chong Institution Principal; Mr Chong Hou Chun, PUB Water Supply Network Director and guests.
Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law and Mr Chong Hou Chun, PUB Water Supply Network Director officially launched the ABC Waters Learning Trail passport. The Learning Trail Passport is a summary of the seven learning trails, each at a different ABC Waters site. The passport will take participants through the highlights and key features of each site, as well as an overview of the ABC Waters programme.
This peer-facilitation initiative is a good example of how we can provide the resources and tools for students to run a programme or initiate one on their own. At the same time, as the students lead others through an educational trail, they gain both a clearer understanding of these projects and their role as a part of the larger ecosystem. In addition, the interactive experience also helps to build leadership skills and character.
By Singapore World Water Day Committee