Toyota Eco 2020/2021 Youth program winners

The 20th edition of the Toyota Eco Youth (TEY)2020/2021 program came to a satisfying and exciting conclusion with the announcement of the Top 5 winning teams from secondary schools around Malaysia. A total of 16 teams participated in the program with a revised format and presentation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the final judging phase after each of the 10 finalists made their respective ‘pitches’ with live presentations on May 29, 2021, the winning teams were chosen. They are, in first place, Maktab Tentera Diraja, Kuala Lumpur (We-Sea-It Smart Tool); second place, SMAP Labu, Negeri Sembilan (UCOnverter Smart Tool); third place, SMK Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (Recybin App); fourth place, SMK Chung Hua, Sarawak (Recyclo Smart Tools), and in fifth place, SMJK Katholik, Selangor (MOSS AFV Smart Tools).

SMK Saujana Utama, Selangor won the Best Community Engagement and teacher, Ms. Noor Liyana Shamsudin from Maktab Tentera Diraja was nominated as the Most Supportive Teacher. Three students were selected as the Top Agent M. They are Hani Nabila from SMAP Labu, Negeri Sembilan; Lim Bo Jing from SMJK Katholik, Selangor and Muhammad Uwais Darwis from SMK Majakir, Sabah.

For 2021, the total prize money has been doubled to RM64,000 to further reward ingenuity amongst the youth. This year, the winning team received RM20,000 in cash, followed by RM15,000 for second place; RM 10,000 for third place; RM7,000 for fourth place and RM5,000 for fifth place. The Most Supportive Teacher was rewarded with RM3,000 and RM1,000 each was offered for Best Community Engagement and Top Agent M.

The COVID-19 pandemic and limitations brought on by the Movement Control Order (MCO) presented entirely new challenges to the organisers. Since the start, the activities have involved face-to-face interactions but the need for social distancing. Instead, all the activities were done online with interactive e-learning lessons and workshops.

This year’s program had the theme of ‘Reimagining Mobility’, with the spirit of inclusivity and freedom of ideas as the foundation to this theme which depicts the creation of safe and eco- friendly mobility.

The Closing Ceremony was conducted live via a virtual platform with Dato’ Haji Adzman Bin Talib, Deputy Director-General of Education Malaysia (School Operational Sector), Ministry of Education, as the Guest of Honour. Also present for the virtual gathering was Mohd Shamsor Mohd Zain, Director of Marketing, UMW Toyota Motor as well as other senior representatives from the Ministry of Education and UMW Toyota Motor.

The well-thought proposals of the 16 teams were posted on social media channels for the public to view. Additionally, each team developed a podcast episode presented on the TEY Channel in two platforms - Agency on Leaderonomics FM and On TEY Channel.

For the winners, the program does not end, as it did in previous years. The duration of the program will now be for 3 years and the winners from the 2020/2021 edition will continue as facilitators for the following year’s batch. They will thus be able to contribute their experience to  the next batch. At the same time, digitalization of TEY is taken up a notch by setting up a TEY Apprentice online club.

Winner’s list