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Feb 18, 2020

EBPP's Pengalusan and Jatituhu Students Welcoming the Second Semester of Academic Year 2019-2020

December is always a busy month for all our students but last year, apart from preparing for their end of semester tests, a group of our Pengalusan and Jatituhu junior and senior high school students and staff were invited by Bali-based Shanti Foundation to join their annual “Loving, Sharing, Giving” anniversary event at Four on Drupadi Hotel on December 15th, where EBPP Volcano Band, comprised of 5 Pengalusan high school students, performed their well-known songs entitled “Stop Harassment” and “Bully”. Their performance was exceptional and the audience was spellbound by their songs! 

On 19th and 20th December, all students received their school reports detailing their progress during the first semester. When the 2nd semester started in the 1st week of January, our teachers gave a priority to 9th grade junior high (four from Pengalusan and two Jatituhu) and 12th grade senior high students (four Pengalusan and two from Jatituhu), who will take the national computer-based exams this April. All are currently getting practice in answering challenging tests given by our teachers. Hopefully, by regular practice they’ll be confident and ready for the national exams in April!

This month, the 4th annual PORSENIJAR (Student Art and Sport Event) event was held on February 12th in Ban Village office park, with about 100 participants from all 13 elementary schools in Ban village. 3 elementary students from EBPP Pengalusan School participated in the running and chess categories, but unfortunately none of them won!!. Although they were very disappointed, we are still very proud that they did their best – and they are ALL winners!! Congratulations!

School days are always busy but very fullfilling, both in academic and non-academic subjects, especially Art lessons - and some Jatituhu and Pengalusan students have shown great talent in creative art. Last month our students’ topic was to create fun stories through pictures. The purpose of the activity is to hone the ability of students to compile a story and illustrate it through painting. Students are very motivated to work on their art and produce good results of beautiful masterpieces! Their beautiful paintings are displayed in each class as an inspiration and decoration of their classroom.

In 2020 EMpower clases, we welcomed new students from first and second grade junior high school from all 6 EBPP Schools. This term, they will start learning sexual and reproductive health and rights, focusing on puberty and physical and emotional change during puberty. For returning students, they will have in-depth understanding about puberty, facts and myths of pregnancy, the risks of early children marriage, HIV/AIDS, and gender and sex education. The activities are packed in a fun quiz review where the students compete to give the best answer for the class topics.
In Balinese Dance classes, the students started learning and practicing; Gopala (fishing dance) and Wirayuda (war dance) for male students; while female students studied Pendet (a welcome dance), Belibis (swan dance), Cendrawasih (bird dance), and Panyembrahma (a welcome dance). By learning dance, the students will be able to develop important Balinese traditional skills, which they can apply in various events held by EBPP and/or in their respective hamlets.

Their great progress can continue thanks to the essential local people and funding/sponsorship support from our donors through GlobalGiving campaigns and dedicated monthly recurring donors that enables EBPP dedicated teachers and support staff to continue delivering tailored education as well as vocational training and emotional support in EBPP schools. Thank You!!

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Feb 12, 2020

INNOVATIVE EBPP TEACHERS APPLY CREATIVE AND ENJOYABLE WAYS OF LEARNING

Teaching students in a remote area is a personal satisfaction for the teachers. Different characteristics of students in each EBPP school require our teachers to be more creative and innovative. This month all EBPP teachers are very focused on preparing students who will take the national final exams which will be held in March and April this year by the central government.There are 41 students who will take examinations from 6 EBPP schools at elementary, junior and senior high school level and 17 of them are from Pengalusan and Jatituhu schools.

Pak Made S (EBPP senior teacher) uses a strategy of reading books before learning, to increase interest in reading by getting students to read books about 10 minutes before the main lesson begins. Each student must share about their view after reading the books. With this habit of reading, we’ve seen that students' grammar and vocabulary has improved; and they’ve less difficulty composing good sentences and writing short stories. In short, classes become more active and students are more engaged, especially when writing their daily diaries!

Our Balinese Language and Hinduism teacher, Pak Wayan S, uses a different technique, as Balinese and Hindu Religion subjects are the basic foundation knowledge that students must learn at school so they can apply it appropriately in real life. Thus, he uses a contextual teaching model, designed to make learning more meaningful to students by connecting to real life. Before starting the lesson,he gives them questions to direct them to the main topic, which requires them to use their critical thinking skills.

Most people think it’s easy to speak Balinese language correctly without learning it intensively, since Balinese  is our first language; but Wayan totally disagree because Balinese language has different levels, where the highest is only spoken by people who have a high ‘caste’level in society. In order to build students’ characters, they need to speak Balinese in a proper way, such as knowing how to address those who are older. The language reflects how respectful you are. Therefore, building our students’ characters and confidence is his first priority in teaching Balinese and Hindu Religion. By having a good character and confidence, they will be able to have good behaviour at school, home, and in society.

"I really like the teaching methods used by EBPP teachers, because I can more quickly understand the lessons being delivered," said Rantani, one of our Jatituhu students who will take the national high school exam this year. Thank you, GlobalGiving's donors, for inspiring EBPP teachers to be more creative and innovative 

 

February 2020, By Komang Kurniawan/Team leader of EBPP

Dec 6, 2019

Bamboo Bikes in UK and Wheelchair for Disabled East Bali Boy

Setting frame in Jig & tacking
Setting frame in Jig & tacking

Bamboo Bike frames to UK

 

We get a lot of bamboo bike enquiries through our EBBB websitewww.eastbalibamboobikes.com but many are just that: enquiries! Imagine my surprise when I got a serious enquiry in September from a newly established British company that wants to promote eco-friendly bamboo bikes mainstream, and was looking for a supplier that had a social community impact!  After much communication, their excitement grew and they ordered 2 custom frames, complete with their logo – to be sent air freight so they can build up with quality components to promote and market in the period coming up to Christmas. The great news is that they were shipped at the end of last week and will arrive in Bristol UK today!  I’m hoping that in our next report, East Bali Bamboo bikes will be making unique inroads on the UK cycling scene!!

New wheelchair for severely disabled East Bali boy

Further to our September update, I’m thrilled to report that Brad, our client, was successful in his fundraising and ordered another wheelchair last month, which we are now building for a very tragic 4 year old boy. Born the first of triplets, from only three months old, he suffered a series of seizures, leaving him almost totally paralysed and unable to talk, whilst the other triplets are normal and healthy. He’s a beautiful boy with elder siblings and very caring parents, who are extremely poor but both work hard to give their children the best in life. The basic wheelchair they had was rusty and unsafe. So as soon as Brad gave us the good news, our bamboo artisan measured young Alit and got to work!  Progress is great, as you can see from the photos, just waiting for the aluminium components, which are currently being hand made from top grade aluminium in Bandung. I’ll share the completion and handover photos in our next report. We still have 6 more disabled children from impoverished East Bali families on the waiting list, so if you are interested in sponsoring a bamboo wheelchair for the next child, please email me for more information at david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

Bamboo bikes create excitement for Bali’s Dyatmika high school students

We frequently have overseas international schools visiting and interacting with our EBPP schools students but last Monday, 2ndDecember was the first time in 11 years that the local Dyatmika’s high school students had visited, and when planning the visit with their teacher, he asked if there’d be time to visit our Bamboo Bikes workshop. Logistics prevented that so, we took the bikes to the meeting point in Daya, (where our workshop was prior to evacuating due to Mount Agung activity) and it was their treat after they’d had great activities with our high school students. The photos tell the story, and in the words of their teacher, “they absolute loved the bikes, they thought they were cool and loved that they were being built locally with sustainable products. A few of them were going to try and convince their parents to buy one for Christmas!” Let’s hope they are our next customers!!

Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Completed City Bike frame
Completed City Bike frame
Setting the bamboo push rim
Setting the bamboo push rim
Rear view in process
Rear view in process
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
 
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