PINTAR-UKM Sustainability and Green Technology iG-HOME Programme

Since May 2017, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM through the Institute of Climate Change has collaborated with PINTAR to conduct a one-year PINTAR-UKM Sustainability and Green Technology iG-HOME Module (iG-HOME) Programme at 13 secondary schools in Kedah in an initiative to inculcate interest in science and technology. 

A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sustainable education programme through green and renewable energy innovation technology with UKM, the iG-HOME programme is aimed at exposing lower secondary students, their families and local communities to be aware of environmental friendly and sustainable production and consumption practices and living through the given concepts. 

The 13 participating schools organised workshops for its students based on six iG-HOME modules – 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle); Composting; Biogas: Rainwater Harvesting System; Green Roof and Sustainable Living Practices, and Sustainable Construction Materials and Components, and completed all modules by October 2017.

At the end of the programme, the schools submitted one main project for the interschool competition organised by PINTAR and UKM. SMK Syed Mohamed  Al-Bukhary in Alor Setar, Kedah won first place in the competition with their innovative use of food waste and manure in creating cooking gas. The first runner-up went to SMK Kubang Rotan while SMK Darul Aman Height came in third place. 

In conjunction with the closing of the iG-HOME Programme on 7 November, PINTAR Foundation and UKM had signed a Memorandum of Agreement which is expected to spur further areas of cooperation between the two parties as well as to generate new areas of cooperation that can contribute to the well-being of the next generations. PINTAR Board of Trustees Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Arshad Ayub, said he believed UKM experts can help teachers to inculcate students’ interest in science. “For instance, students in rural areas are actually very creative. They often innovate but they do not have the proper guidance to bring forth their innovation. iG-HOME is a good example of programmes that can highlight the students’ talent and harness their skills in innovation,” he said.