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Education for sustainable development : Primary school children’s knowledge of the forest in Kitakyushu, Japan

AZLINAWATI ABDULLAH, YUKARI IZUMI, SHAHARUDDIN MOHAMAD ISMAIL, ABDUL SAMAD ABDUL HADI, YOSHIHITO SHIRAI, AHMAD FARIZ MOHAMED, SHAHARUDIN IDRUS

Abstract


The aim of this study is to identify the level and source of knowledge of the forests amongst school children in Kitakyushu, Japan, thereby formulating lessons learned from them to be adapted to the environmental education in Malaysia. This study was conducted from April to June 2014. A total of 186 students of 4th and 5th grades from four
elementary schools were involved as respondents in this study. Results of the survey indicate that their knowledge level on forests is relatively high (17.2%) and moderate (78.0%). This number is something to be proud of as they begin to learn about nature/ forests formally in the classroom when they are in 5th grade. This study shows that the students acquire their knowledge about nature/ forests not only in school, but also outside
the school. Their knowledge source is not limited to teachers alone, but also from parents/family, local communities, government agencies, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Non-profit Organisations (NPOs), business sectors and others who work together to provide the best exposure for these kids about nature/ forests.

Keywords


Education for Sustainable Development, forests, elementary school, Kitakyushu

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