UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia, has announced the 10 finalists for the latest edition of the Toyota Eco Youth Program.

The Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, is the automaker’s annual program to cultivate environmental awareness and encourage respect for the environment among youth in secondary schools. The long-running program celebrates its 20th year this year.

The latest edition, which kicked off in November 2020, is a fully online platform under the theme “Reimagining Mobility” attracted 282 teams from 177 schools, the highest ever participation recorded. This is an achievement itself, given that school sessions were irregular with the ongoing pandemic.

In late December, 16 shortlisted teams have been formulating their proposals which were posted on social media channels for the public to view. Additionally, each team developed a podcast episode presented on Spotify.

Addressing the issue of waste and recycling were popular themes for the proposals. Showcasing impressive capability for innovation and advanced technology, many schools put forward ideas for digital smart tools, supported by carefully built prototypes.

“As always, we are highly impressed by the quality of the projects and the innovative ideas proposed. It is never easy for our judges to choose the best as everyone is a winner in their own way,” said President of UMWT, Ravindran K..

This year, UMWT has doubled the prize money pool to RM64,000 to further reward ingenuity amongst the youth. The winning team/school takes home a cool RM20,000, 1st runner-up with RM15,000 and third place rewarded with RM10,000. Teachers also get rewarded with RM3,000 under the Most Supportive Teacher category.

“Toyota Motor Corporation and UMW Toyota Motor are proud to be playing a part in cultivating environment consciousness and innovative thinking for the young generation. This year, we are pleased to share our vision for mobility with these students. It is assuring to know that the next generation will be ready to face new challenges that arise as we all strive to make our planet a more mobile and inclusive place for everyone,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMWT.

The final judging phase in April saw the top 10 finalists being chosen and will proceed to make their respective ‘pitches’ through live presentations on 29th May 2021. They are:

  • SMK Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
  • SMK Air Putih, Pahang
  • SMAP Labu, Negeri Sembilan
  • SMK Taman Rinting 2, Johor
  • SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, KL
  • Maktab Tentera Diraja (MTD), KL
  • SMJK Katholik, Selangor
  • SMK Majakir, Sabah
  • SMK Chung Hwa Miri, Sarawak
  • SMK Mutiara, Labuan