Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia students on Pulau Kapas after the beach clean-up recently.
KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): For about an hour, they waded through the jungle, crossing streams and minding their footsteps along the slippery path while grasping the branches for support.
The treacherous trail eventually took them to a rocky cove, but they were not there to enjoy the view or for a picnic.
Instead, the 50 Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia students on a Teaching English as a Second Language course, were there for a beach clean-up on Pulau Kapas.
They filled up 60 garbage bags under a gloomy sky.
The clean-up was jointly organised by the university, Malaysia Nature Society Terengganu chapter, the Kapas Island Resort and the Marang Municipal Council.
First-year student Norlili Ab Wahab, 19, said this was her first time participating in an environment-themed activity.
“I was shocked to see the amount of rubbish on the island. So I was glad I was able to help clean it up.
“I think we teenagers should participate more in such programmes… what will we inherit if we don’t take care of the environment?” she said.
Syed Ahmad Afiq Hasif Syed Ab Rahman, 19, said he planned to use the same gotong-royong method to help his future students.
“It’s a great way to teach people to appreciate nature. People look up to teachers and see them as role models. This will make it easier to encourage young minds.
“I hope more environment themes are included in future English camps,” he said.
MNS Terengganu chapter vice-chairman and English teacher Anuar Abdullah McAfee said the beach clean-up was organised to sow social and environment responsibilities in the students.
“This experience is going to have a strong impact on them, even though the clean-up was for only 30 minutes.
“These students are going to be teachers and we hope they will pass on this lesson to their students,” he said.