Sustainability DIY Workshop For KDU Students

Two volunteer students assisting Mr Fikri (left) in making his compost bin. Volunteer students having hands-on experience.
On the 6th March 2018, the Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) in KDU University College organised a Sustainability DIY Workshop on composting. It was conducted by Mr Mohd Fikri Mohd Bakri, the Executive Chairman of Eijau Millennium Explorer, an environmental NGO that focuses on spreading awareness and knowledge on sustainability matters.

The group of students that attended the workshop was comprised of 40 students, across various courses and schools and two groups of international exchange students from Japan and Korea respectively.

The objective of the workshop was to educate students on the waste situation in Malaysia and how composting is just one of the many ways we can reduce the amount of waste. The speaker used the food industry as an example and that 50-60% of edible food are thrown away, the biggest culprit being buffet-style restaurants.

The workshop started off with a brief introduction of speaker himself and his passion in educating people on the things we can do to help the preservation of our environment. He then went on to explain what composting means and the significant positive effects it has on reducing waste. “Composting is the breaking down of organic matter into soil fertilizer that’s full of nutrients. The process takes long but it greatly helps the environment by reducing landfill waste,” he stated.

Mr Fikri was then demonstrated how to create a compost and explained that composting is typically segregated into four layers - Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Water. For his demonstration, he used hay as the base and adds organic soil over it all into a compost bucket. At the end of the workshop, he decided to give the ready-made compost to one of the participants as a parting gift.
Later on, when asked who would like to start composting according to the method that had been shared, several hands went up. One of the students, Tengku Adam Bin Tengku Saiffuddin enthued, “Now that I know composting isn’t very difficult to do, I would try to start doing it from now on.” Another student, Ali Ahmed said, “This session was insightful as I got first-hand experience on how easy it is to compost and how much difference it can make to the environment. I think I will start doing it from now on.”

The workshop was then concluded with a Q&A session in which students asked him various questions such as what else they can do to improve the environment as well as volunteer programmes available.