This is the “CoDeS Case Universiti Sains” blog, titled:
School-university collaboration in waste-to-resource management
This blog describes the case of a school community collaboration for ESD developed in Universiti Sains, Malaysia. This is one of the cases collected within the frame of Comenius Network CoDeS.
Collaboration between school and university provides an opportunity for knowledge developed through university research to be implemented in schools as a response to everyday problems faced in real life. This case study will explore the nature of collaboration between school – university and other communities, the success and challenges during the process of implementation of waste-to-resource management activity carried out in schools based on research conducted in university. Some of the successes include influencing the canteen operator to provide organic waste for composting, while some students started to implement the waste-to-resource management at home. Collaboration with university has raised the schools’ standing in the eyes of the local community, and the state education departments as schools were encouraged to collaborate with universities. However, some schools did not pursue collaboration further as they wish to focus on other aspects of school activities. Other examples will also be discussed and illustrated.