We are students of R.E.A.L. International School, Cheras, Selangor.
This year, we led a social impact project in our school, “Zero Plastic Canteen: Changing Minds to Make A Difference”, as part of the I CAN SCHOOL CHALLENGE 2019.
The purpose of the challenge was to build a financially sustainable and scalable business model covering one of the 12 different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We chose to tackle the extensive use of single-use plastic in our school canteen. Our garbage bins get filled to the brim with single-use plastic. It is a sad sight as we know it will eventually end up in the ocean harming the poor sea creatures. Plus, the micro plastic bits ingested by the sea animals will end up on our plates too! A lot of money is used in buying the plastic cutlery and containers which is used only once and thrown within 30 minutes.
We addressed this problem by creating cultural change within our school community. We convinced teachers, students and staff to stop using single- use plastic in the Canteen. We chose this solution as it was long lasting, bold and created a quick impact. Making everyone see how giving up a little bit of convenience can create a huge impact on the planet and save the innocent marine life. This will influence them to spread this culture with their friends and family thus creating ripple effects far and beyond We were successful in bringing policy change by having the school management sign the MOU on BANNING the use of single-use plastic from the canteen.
Out of 86 participating teams in the I CAN Challenge, we placed in the TOP 10 and were selected to represent Malaysia in the I CAN Children’s Global Summit 2019 in Rome, Italy.
Now, we need your help! We are fundraising for 5 members of our team and 1 chaperone teacher to travel to Rome. The summit will take place on the 26th-30th November 2019.
I CAN is a 4-day international gathering of more than 2,000 students from 60+ countries empowered with the I CAN mindset. It serves as a global platform to showcase their stories of change and the ways they have positively impacted their communities across the world.
The celebration is also packed with talks, workshops and exhibitions especially designed to further instill in children the belief and courage that they have the ability to take action and make the world a better place.
With your help, we will get the opportunity to present our project on a global stage!
We are looking forward to engage in 4 days of CommUNITY, Collaboration, Creative Solutions, Inspiration, and Impact!
Goal 1 - Travel expenses for 5 students and 1 chaperone teacher. Amount Needed: MYR35,145.00
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