Sekolah Lestari is intended to support and enchance the implementation of the National Policy on the Environment, which has therein 8 principles and 7 strategies. The first strategy is focused on education and awareness that provides an understanding of the concept of environmental well-being and sustainable development, which is in line with the Rio Agenda 21.
To enhance education and awareness in protecting and conserving the environment, knowledge, understanding, change of mindset and public participation are vital. If this is inculcated at the earliest possible level it can help shape factors essential for way of life that is environmentally friendly in the future. One effective way to ensure this is through fostering environmental awareness at institutions of learning, particularly at schools.
In a effort to create a school is environmentally friendly and eligible to be labeled as a Sekolah Lestari, emphasis will be given to the following four components :
- Greening Activities
The Sekolah Lestari concept is hinged on an integrated approach, which involves the school community as a whole, their families, local communities, government, private sector and non-governmental organisations. This concept encompasses the integrated approach in management, curriculum, co-curriculum and greening activities. Sekolah Lestari shall encapsulate current and planned environmental activities. It shall also serve as a centre of learning and education that can influence both school community and society towards a way of life that is sustainable.