Apr 23, 2021

Teachers' Capacity Building Courses

Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and thehigh potential risk of infection, schools remain closed and our teaching activities are still carried out using distance learning: offline for our elementary students with teachers taking materials to their homes and practicing questions, whilst always following COVID-19 health protocols; online with smartphones for junior and senior high students, who our teachers visit directlyweekly to answer queries and share creative ideas.Whilst this is still challenging, our teachers continue to innovate so that students’ learning remains interesting and does not become a burden due to excessive learning assignments.

Teachers’ Capacity Building Programs

In order to support and increase our teachers’ resource capacity, EBPP conducts various capacity building activities, outlined below:

1) Photography training: As all of our teachers are required to document students’ activities with their smartphones every week, especially for keeping our donors updated,EBPP management team held a full day intensive photography training course on 10th March to help us improve basic photographytechniques, with hands on practice and advice. We now take much better photos!

2) Teaching techniques for students with special needs: This online Zoom trainingheld over 4 sessions from March-April, was given by a counselling guidance teacher from a state school in Bandung, West Java. She is an education psychologist, who deals specifically with students with special needs. This beneficial capacity building training focussed onteaching techniques and proper mastery of student classes, which was very interesting and useful for us to refresh our teaching techniques and give more focussed attention to slower learners.

To help students’ struggling families and increase learning motivation during the pandemic, EBPP continues providing monthly staple food supplement packages comprising rice, mung beans, dried fish and cooking oil for all students and their families.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, we continue to innovate in order to improve the quality of resources, especially in teaching techniques at EBPP schools for the future. We hope that this pandemic will end soon and we can return to normal face-to-face classroom teaching-learning activities.

Apr 22, 2021

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMI

Entering January and starting the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year during the Covid-19 pandemic, all students are still learning from home: high school students online and offline for primary. We’re pleased to report that they are all learning more independently at home and use their spare time to both help their parents and, to relieve their boredom, they’ve enjoyed developing creative activities that vary according to their interests and potential in each hamlet where they live.

Through this opportunity they’ve been producing some pretty good and interesting works. Many have enjoyed learning to create origami art crafts after training and guidance from our teachers, making some unique shapes and a wide range of flowers, etc. Some of our students work in groups (of course by following all health protocols) with friends who live close by, creating some very beautiful origami flower bouquets

In addition to origami, they came up with several creative activities that recycled items such as used plastic bottles, which often litter the environment where they live, with Jatituhu students making flower pots from used bottles and, as it was still the rainy season, they also planted various types of fresh flowers and made attractive home gardens.

Meanwhile, Pengalusan School studentshave been making various handicrafts from bamboo, which is easy to find around their environment, such as dragonflies, steamers, and windmills. In addition, quite a few students have created some very beautiful works of art, according to their interests and also the supporting resources in the environment where they live. Some students also channel their talents through caricature art, drawing caricatures according to their imagination which contain messages to be conveyed to those who see them.

In March, it was time for mid-semester learning evaluation! Tests weredistributed online for junior and senior high school students, while for primary students,test papers are distributed to each house and done individually.

Students’ extracurricular activities, sponsored by EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation: The Girl EmpowermentPhotovoices program, for all junior and senior high school girls: students using smartphones to take photos of their family and communities’ activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and conducting basic research on common problems that exist in their respective hamlets; then with the photos, documenting these problems for presentations in an online exhibition. It is hoped that the various government agencies invited to the event can provide the best solution to each problem.

Even though they only learn from home, the spirit of the students is still high. They also continue to work and improve themselves through EBPP’s comprehensive, integrated and relevant programs.

Feb 25, 2021

Thank You for Supporting Our Bamboo Community Livelihoods Social Enterprise: We Will Be Back!

We have nopositiveupdates since ourlast report as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are now much worse that we reported in October, and as a small home-grown social enterprises businessthatdepends on orders and revenue from the domestic, tourist and overseas markets, we have been seriously impacted.

We’ve had a few inquiries for our bamboo bikes from overseas but the airfreight costs are now almost double the normal rates, with no definite schedulesdue to travel restrictions in Indonesia and most other countries.

We are trying to survive but with no orders, and thus no revenue, for more than 6 months, all our artisans have been working on alternate weeks for the last 2 months and we’ve paid their 50% salaries.

We have therefore decided to deactivate this project on GlobalGiving platform and focus all our fundraising activities on our education programs. We do however plan to revive our Bamboo Social Enterprise page on GlobalGiving when the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat and the world is back to an active new normal.

I hope you enjoy the attached photo collages, visually documenting key stages in our Bamboo Bikes, Wheelchairs & Bamboo Accessories journey since 2016!

Thank you so much for all your support since the beginning. Please stay connect with our project through our website (eastbalibamboobikes.com and eastbalipovertyproject.org), Facebook and Instagram.

We will be back.

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