‘Catch them young’ goes the saying and schools in Singapore are following just that. Singapore is ramping up initiatives to educate students on climate issues and using clean energy under the programme called SolarNova Programme.
More than 180 schools joined the programme, that involves installation of solar panels on their rooftops, said the Ministry of Education (MOE). The ministry further revealed that over 40 of them have finished installing the panels so far, which is double than the previous year. The initiative was last undertaken in 2021. All these activities have been introduced with a focus on making school students environmentally conscious with the MOE’s plans to include environmental sustainability in the school curriculum.
The Ministry informed that though government provides centralised resources for schools to tap, yet each school can customise their sustainability programmes as per the needs.
One of the schools, Edgefield Primary School in Punggol is already getting about 40 per cent of its energy from the solar panels on its rooftops. The solar energy,here, is used to power the lights and fans in classrooms along with hydroponics farm maintained by primary classes.
Students who follow sustainable practices are rewarded with stamps which can be redeemed to get stickers and pins.