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After teachers finish delivering our eight-lesson Environmental Education Program, we visit the school for a short interview with the teacher, so that we can evaluate the program and learn how to improve it in the future.
Below is an interview by Saras, our Research Officer, with Pak Hindu Komang, the Year 6 teacher at SDN 15 Dangin Puri who has taught three classes from the BfB Education Program to date, and is currently teaching the fourth!
Written by Dode Gargitha, School Communications Officer
On Saturday October 22nd I joined the second lesson of Bottle for Botol’s Environmental Education Program at SDN 2 Canggu. Most schools in Bali run their extracurricular activities on Saturdays. One of the extracurricular at SDN 2 Canggu is about the environment. The lesson started at 08.30 am and was taught by Pak Made Dasna and Ibu Yeti, the year 5 and 6 teachers. All of the students began the lesson by singing a happy song called “Di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang” together. “Di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang” means “We are happy everywhere”. The teachers explained they chose the song to start the Bottle for Botol lesson with good spirits. The teacher asked the students to explain the last BfB lesson that had been given. The students were very enthusiastic and almost all of them raised their hand to get a chance to explain the lesson.
Figure 1. A student explains the previous Bottle for Botol lesson
Lesson 1 of BfB's Environmental Education Program in Bali: An introduction to the issue of plastic waste in our environment
Written by Dode Gargitha, BfB School Communication Officer
On Saturday, October 8th 2016 I joined Lesson 1 of Bottle for Botol’s Environmental Education Program at SMP Wisata Sanur. Saturday is the day for extra-curricular activities for most schools in Bali. One of the extracurricular activities at SMP Wisata Sanur is environmental education. This year 45 students from year 7 and 8 are taking part in the BfB program, the students are all members of the student leadership club. Pak. Ida Bagus Suardika, who is one of the religion teachers at this junior high school, is teaching the BfB classes.
During the lesson Pak. Ida Bagus Suardika discussed Tri Hita Karana. For Hindu people in Bali Tri Hita Karana is a basic concept of life. It consists of Parhyangan (good relationships between humans and our Gods), Pawongan (good relationships between people) and Palemahan (good relationships between humans and environment). We believe that if we have a good relationship with our Gods, other humans and our environment, we will live prosperously.
Pak. Ida Bagus Suardika started the lesson by introducing BfB’s Environmental Program to the students and giving them an overview of the lessons to come. He was very confident in giving the lesson so the class ran very well. The students were very active in answering the teacher’s question and presenting their opinions and points of view
Figure 1. Pak. Ida Bagus Suardika discussing Tri Hita Karana
Written by Alice Sainsbury, Masters of International Community Development
Between July and October 2016, I volunteered with a small social enterprise in Bali for the professional placement component of the Master of International Community Development at Victoria University. My connection to Bali, and love of the natural world, was the inspiration to enroll in the Master and undertaking the placement there was a clear choice. When I was a baby, my surfer father and I moved to Bali, returning to Australia in 1999 just after the Asian financial crisis hit Indonesia and in time for me to attend high school. I’ve read that home is not where you are born, but where all your attempts to escape cease. Bali has been incredibly special to me in this way, and as soon as I could afford it, I came back. I was aware of the pollution problem as a child, but it was not until I returned as an adult that I recognised the enormity. With every visit, the rubbish, the excessive use of plastic and apparent lack of waste management was getting worse and worse.
The environmental landscape in Bali, both physically and politically, has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. The widespread environmental problems are no secret to those who have visited its unique shores. Locals and visitors see the rubbish piling up in the streets, on beaches and riverbanks; they wade through it in the canals and swim surrounded by it in the ocean. It can be smelled burning all over the island, in remote and urban areas alike. Landfill sites are over capacity and Indonesia is the second largest contributor of plastic pollution in the oceans (Jambeck et al. 2015; Herder & Larsson 2012).
Written by Dode Gargitha, School Communication Officer BfB
Written by Catherine Elliott, Dode Gargitha and Alice Sainsbury.