Last month the RMIT Green Messengers from the Green Generation Club brought environmental lessons to students at Quang Hiep primary school in Lam Dong province.
“We wanted the poor students in the area to have a memorable International Children’s Day,” said Dang Thanh Ha, Vice President of Green Generation Club and project leader for the trip.
The Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student explained that the volunteer group provided “real support” in the form of necessities as well as “green lessons and activities to raise awareness about protecting the environment.”
Thirty-eight RMIT Vietnam students and alumni joined the trip – the club’s second visit to the primary school – after months of preparation and fundraising.
“From RMIT Vietnam and other sponsors, we collected gifts such as rice, notebooks, and pencils,” Ha explained.
Photo: Dang Thanh Ha (third from right) and the Green Messengers deliver gifts to students at Quang Hiep primary school.
The gifts were given to the 104 most disadvantaged students in the school.
As for the green lessons, these were delivered through seven environmental-themed activities.
“We wanted to show the students how to apply our green message in real life so we performed a short drama with the theme preventing littering,” Ha said, adding that they asked questions at the end to check for understanding.
“Luckily, the students were eager to practise the lessons in their daily lives.”
Photo: A student demonstrates how to throw garbage into the rubbish bin.
Ha went on to describe the other green activities.
“We conducted simple green lessons such as throwing trash in the trash bin, and reusing and recycling household items because the students can practise these lessons immediately,” Ha commented.
“But the most exciting activity of the day might have been the recycled playground.”
Ha explained that the Green Messengers created 28 chairs from reused car tires and decorated them with bright colours. The chairs were then placed in the shade for students to sit on and rest during breaks.
Ha added that students and teachers at Quang Hiep School reacted positively to the Green Messenger visit.
“We were glad and grateful to see their smiles and how excited and engaged they were in our activities,” Ha said.
“Every Green Messenger member is happy because we spread our message and made a positive impact on the lives of the students.”
Since the trip, Green Generation has been planning for Green October, their next big event. The project will consist of two main activities: environmental teaching at kindergartens and primary schools, and a flea market at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus.
Story: Hai Yen