Written by Dode Gargitha, School Communication Officer BfB
A month ago, we (the Bottle for Bottle team in Bali) went to Nusa Lembongan to run workshops with teachers at three primary schools there. The aim of the workshops is to give an overview of the Bottle for Botol program to the teachers and use education games to introduce them to the issues of plastic waste and practical ways they can reduce the amount of single-use plastics at school. Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. We went there by Bali Hai Cruises from Benoa Bay, Denpasar.
The first workshop was held at SDN 2 Lembongan. SDN 2 Lembongan is located on Nusa Ceningan island, so we crossed the “yellow bridge” to got there. Yellow bridge is a bridge that connects Nusa Lembongan island and Nusa Ceningan island. SDN 2 Lembongan has 127 students in total, and 34 students from year 5 and 6 will join the Bottle for Botol lessons this semester. The workshop started at 9 am and was opened by the Principal of SDN 2 I Nyoman Sukadana. He welcomed us very well. Nine teachers and one canteen staff joined the workshop. They are very enthusiastic in following all parts of the workshop. During one of the games about the journey of plastic, almost all of the teachers said that they usually burn the plastic at the end because there is no other way to deal with it.
Teachers at SDN2 Lembongan taking part in the Journey of Plastic Game.
We gave some information about landfill to the workshop participants. Most of the waste in the landfill is plastic waste. All of the teachers were very shocked when they learnt that the biggest landfill in Bali named Suwung landfill is already overcapacity. Many cows near to the landfill were contaminated by lead and other heavy metals. They wondered how the cows could be contaminated by the heavy metal. One of the possibilities is because the cows are eating the plastics in the landfill.
All of the teachers were very supportive of the Bottle for Botol program. At the end of the workshop we ask all the teachers to sign a declaration of commitment, they chose to write “Say No To Plastic”. At the end of the workshop, all of the teachers sign the declaration of commitment and then received their new stainless steel Bottle for Botol bottles. Their commitment canvas will be hung in the school office. The teachers promised that they will bring their bottle to school everyday and reduce single use plastic.
The Principal, I Nyoman Sukadana, creating SDN 2 Lembongan's declaration of commitment for the school office.
Teachers sign the declaration of commitment before receiving their new Bottle for Botol bottles!
The school Principal receiving their first water refill stand from Herni Frilia, Education Program Officer for BfB.
Written by Catherine Elliott, Dode Gargitha and Alice Sainsbury.