NURTURING Energy-Savvy Youth

ELECTRICITY – the cornerstone of civilisation today, it powers our homes, businesses, schools and all the gadgets we use every day.

As energy demand continues to increase, so does the impact of this on the environment.

The global temperature has risen by 1degC since fossil fuels were used to produce energy.

According to the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service it has been confirmed that for the first 12 months the threshold of 1.5degC global warming has been breached. The temperature could rise by up to 3degC if no action is taken soon.

SMK Pandamaran Jaya students engaged in interactive activities as part of the Powering The Future School Engagement Series.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad in collaboration with Star Media Group Berhad reached out to schools in Selangor in order to educate youth and students on energy-efficient practices, in an effort to develop future energy leaders.

The national utility company has brought back its “Powering The Future”, a series of school engagements aimed at raising energy awareness, promoting sustainable energy and stressing the importance energy safety.

The series, which is being conducted in 10 primary and second-level schools in Selangor as part of the National Malaysia Energy Literacy Programme launched in 2023, will be part of the National Malaysia Energy Literacy Programme.

The course provides a thorough understanding of the energy industry, current methods of production and the importance to transition to renewable sources of energy.

Through engaging educational programmes and interactive workshops, as well as dynamic outreach activities, it aims to equip the next generation with knowledge and tools to make informed energy decisions.

Among the participating schools included Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman SEA, Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Klang Jaya, Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Klang Utama, Sekolah Kebangsaan Damansara Jaya (2), Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Utama Damansara (4), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Klang Utama, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pandamaran Jaya, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Raja Mahadi, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Ehsan and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (P) Sri Aman.

Students from SK Bandar Utama Damansara (4) are eager to share answers during an educational activity.

Charging the future

TNB, as a founding MELP member, believes that raising energy awareness and encouraging good behavior should start at an early age.

The national utility hopes that by instilling these values at an early age, it will cultivate a culture for sustainability and safety which will benefit the community and the environment over the years.

The #MakeADifference Movement, a youth development and leadership expert, conducts workshops and educational sessions for students as part of its Powering The Future series. The workshops and sessions are centered around the four main principles of Awareness (Awareness), Application (Application), Advocate and Adapt.

The programme starts with interactive games and exercises that are tailored to the grade level of the students.

In primary schools, Show and Tell is used, while in secondary schools students are challenged to create an energy-saving home using five-star appliances and energy efficiency advice.

MAD movement facilitators working with students from SK Taman Klang Jaya in Selangor during the Powering The Future Series.

Encouraging sustainability

Students will be able to optimize energy use and promote sustainability at home and in their communities by participating in these activities.

TNB said in a statement to the press that it was grateful to Selangor State Education Department and participating schools for allowing them to host this series. The aim of the series is to engage Malaysian Youth.

“Earlier, the focus was on electricity savings, but there is now a shift towards ‘energy-efficiency’, as Malaysia transitions from fossil fuels to hydrogen and solar energy for energy production.

“We don’t want to secure a future for ourselves, but rather for our children and descendants. We want to leave a legacy that will be followed by them.

Children are the best advocates. By exposing them to these values at a young age we hope that they will retain these values and make these sessions a regular practice in their homes.

We believe that the youth will be the future decision makers in Malaysia, ensuring energy efficiency and a smart lifestyle.

TNB stresses that programmes such as this are crucial to educating future generations about the energy industry.

These sessions are designed to be more fun and relaxed, and they are geared towards a more interesting and relaxed learning experience. Students can have a lot of fun and learn more about their role in protecting and maintaining the environment, for a sustainable future.

Students can learn about the importance of decreasing the use of fossil fuels by educating them on the best energy practices.

It is a way to encourage the younger generation to work towards a sustainable future and to appreciate a lifestyle that is more energy efficient.

The MELP, which includes TNB’s Powering The Future, aims at increasing public awareness of the energy industry and its importance in achieving sustainability. It also explains the role that environmental, social, and governance principles play in the energy sector.

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