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The Forest School Programme: Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Jakun Village Tribe is a long-term initiative aimed at preserving and conserving cultural and natural heritage that is rapidly disappearing  over time. The goal of this programme stems from the community’s concerns about the younger generation, who are no longer practicing or interested in their ancestors’ traditions as a result of mainstream and more contemporary living.   


With the support of the YELL 2023 Seed Grant, MRA will be able to scale up and continue previous community programs/activities related to conservation and capacity building such as Junior Park Ranger, Nature Education and Interpretation and Community Based Sustainable Tourism for conservation work in Endau Rompin Peta Johor National Park. The main focus of this project is to safeguard the community’s socioeconomic activity (tourism) by nurturing the younger generation to inherit their ancestor’s skill and knowledge of nature sustainably. From the project that will be conducted, we expect that the younger generation (school children) will carry on with the cultural and natural heritage of the Jakuneses people and improve what they currently have in terms of socioeconomic perspective.

The following activities will be carried out:

  1. Development of the Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation Module of the Jakun Tribe, guidebook for tour operators, and reference resources for visitors.
  2. Training for teachers or facilitators and teaching staff to use the module developed above as a reference.
  3. A pilot program to deliver lessons at the Forest School based on the Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation Module of the Jakun Tribe with children.
  4. Train tour operators based on the Jakun cultural guidebook for Community Based Ecotourism (CBET).
  5. Development of SOPs for floods and emergencies with the community.
  6. Conduct SOP briefings and training for the Jakun community, including youth.

 

Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) is a humanitarian organisation registered under the Trustee Act 1952, with the primary objective of assisting those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, both local and abroad.