Aug 20, 2019

PENGALUSAN & JATITUHU STUDENTS START NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020 AND CELEBRATE 74TH INDEPENDENCE DAY

All students from elementary through senior high school had done their semester test by May 20th-29th 2019, received their school report books on June 14th 2019, and their new semester for 2019/2020 academic year officially started on July 15th 2019.

In our high school students’ EMpower extracurricular classes, from June to end of July their key modules were job and university readiness, creative thinking skills, mind mapping of economic potential in Bali and Literacy information. For their field trip on June 28th, the students had a study visits to Yayasan Kopernik and ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art), both in Ubud, 80 kilometres away! This trip aimed to give them real experience in learning and sharing their knowledge. Some students also gave presentations about the product they have created from Bamboo in order to reduce plastic used. On August 8thPengalusan students, together with their peers from Bunga and Cegi schools had a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) at EBPP Ban office to propose their school regulations concept they’ve made to ensure gender equality and reduce sexual harassment through a PowerPoint presentation to all teachers, facilitated by EMpower instructors. Such a brilliant idea!  

In addition to their regular lessons, many students were focusing on the activities for their stage performances for celebrating IndonesiaIndependence Day on August 17th.  In both Jatituhu and Pengalusan schools some students were preparing and practicing their Balinese dance and music performances. Such hard work? Not really because they all love this special day each year when they get the chance to perform in front of their parents, communities and all their peers!

On August 17th, all Jatituhu students celebrating the Independence Day in EBPP Daya Bamboo Centrewere transported by trucks rented by EBPP, together with their parents, and with Pengalusan and students from EBPP’s 4 other schools,all students joined the activities, which started with the formal flag hoisting ceremony, followed by sportsand other competitions, and then came the amazing stage performances. The sport competitions included sack race, Tug-of-war, squeezing balloons between 2 people whilst running, , driving the ball with a bottle tied to their waist, followed bya drawing competitionand English words whisper competition. 

When the results were compiled for all competitions, Jatituhu School took 2nd place and Pengalusan got the first place among EBPP’s six schools! Hearty congratulation! Their stage performanceswere also outstanding, with a talented girl from Jatituhu performing Balinese traditionalwelcome dance “Sekar Jagad”, while Pengalusan girls performed “Burat Wangi” dance and “Belibis” (bird dance), that were truly outstanding! EBPP volcano Band (5 of the 6 being Pengalusan students) showed off their music talent by performing their songs entitled “Stop harassment” and “Bully”. Those songs are quite famous among EBPP. They also performed some very popular Balinese songs like “Kidang Rengas” (wild deer) “Kidung Kasmaran” (love song), and “Garang Kuluk” (being chased by a dog). They also performing “Mejangeran” Balinese youth social dance which performed in a group of female and male students from Pengalusan School. Well done! All students performed very confidently to entertain hundreds of spectators.

Thank you to all the donors through GlobalGiving to keep supporting our students in East Bali so that they are able to enjoy learning in EBPP and develop their skills for a better future.


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Aug 16, 2019

TEACHERS' ROLE AS INSTRUCTOR AND FACILITATOR: BUILDING STUDENTS' LEADERSHIP& COMMUNICATION SKILLS

EBPP teachers have always committed to giving the best education for students in the most remote area of Eastern Bali where the best quality education is needed as well as to improve their living standard towards a better life. One of the principal goals that many teachers set for themselves is to be the best educator they can beand to ensure students understand not only concepts, but practices as well. One of the ways to attain their goals is to continually strive to develop improved teaching methods by sharing and brainstorming with their peers, to engage, motivate and inspire their students to broaden their knowledge – often by creatinggames and other fun learning activities as icebreakers.

In addition to academic subjects, our teachers also assist students in developing creative activities, such as for Independence Day, assisting them preparing for annual Celebration on August 17th, with a variety of stage performances including music, art, culture, dances, and a drama play.This year, the teachers also collaborated with a professional piano teacher from Jakarta, who introduced piano playing to the students and trained them to perform one of their songs, accompanied with piano, on Independence Day.

Some of our teachers are focussed fully on extra-curricular youth empowerment programmes we started in July 2015, sponsored by a USA-based NGO, EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, where the students are able to have dedicated computer skills training, among other topics, as well as hone their leadership and communication skills. These teachers are not only instructors but also as‘facilitators’ when they encourage the students to upgrade their critical and analytical thinking skills and finding the solution together for any problems they find during their learning process. The facilitators ensure that these character-building activities will help the students to be ready to deal with challenges in their life after graduating.

The EMpower modules are designed and developed to enable our students to have experience, interaction and comparison with other communities outside their surroundings, and recently, our EMpower team arranged for all high school students to join a field trip as part of their development. On June 28th 2019 they arranged a trip to Kopernik Foundation and ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art) Ubud. After the Kopernik team explained what they have done for last mile communities and simple technologies they used to reduce poverty, our students had a chance to present products they’d designed and made of bamboo in order to diminish the used of plastic. In ARMA, the students experienced extraordinary masterpiece of art from famous artists in Bali. What a great experience!

On the second week of August 2019, the EMpower teachers held Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with our students who were equal partners with teachers, experiencing taking part in a real discussion. All teachers and students sat together with commitment of the learning process so they will be able to create more comfortable and fun classes in the future. This activity also gives students confidence to express their feelings and ideas; for teachers, this activity was a reflection to improve our teaching methodology.

Many thanks to all donors through GlobalGiving's creative crowdfunding campaigns, providing funding that enables our teachers to keep doing our important job in educating our students and we try to keep on innovating and updating our teaching methodology to make students more enthusiastic in learning. 

Jun 10, 2019

Bamboo Social Enterprise Team in the Shadow of the Volcano

Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover
Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover

In the last 3 months, our dedicated bamboo artisans have not only been very busy building more bamboo wheelchairs, city, MTB and balance bikes but have also turned their design-and-build skills to creating emergency temporary bamboo A-frame housing for the communities living nearest Mount Agung volcano crater.

As six of our bamboo social enterprises artisans live in Cegi and Pengalusan hamlets, only 5 kilometres from Mount Agung’s active crater - which has erupted at approximately 6 day intervals in recent months - they worked at weekends, with their communities, to build an initial group of 30 houses on empty land at our Tianyar base camp, generously sponsored by the Mount Agung Relief (MAR) team, led by Mr Rio Helmi. Experts cannot predict if or when a major eruption may occur, but we must be prepared to support our communities in case of urgent evacuations. These sturdy 6 metre x 4 metre A-frame houses are built from local bamboo, which we treat for termite resistance and can house up to 7 people comfortably, with a shaded terrace for cooking and relaxing. When no longer required, they can be easily dismantled, transported and rebuilt, ready for quick removal in case of further emergencies.

Bamboo wheelchairs project: We’ve now designed and built 3 unique bamboo wheelchairs, one of which was recently handed over to a severely disabled boy in Cegi hamlet, his father being the key artisans who built it with love, ensuring that all dimensions were tailored to suit his son’s needs.

Balance bikes update: Interest in our beautiful hand crafted bamboo balance bikes has peaked recently, with our latest buyer, Brad, sending the following glowing review: “We have been working with David, Deni and the EBBB team on an exciting project for a few months now, and every time we would go their offices in Denpasar we would always admire the 2 beautiful bamboo bikes on show. However, on this one occasion we had our 5 year old son who completely fell in love with the bamboo balance bike and so we decided to buy it. However, rather than keep it at home we decided to rather keep it in our Eco Living Bali (Plastic Free) Shop. While my son would much rather have the bike at home, at least now he has a toy to play with when we are at the shop”. And from his happy son, Cal: “The small bamboo bike is the coolest bike I have ever seen!”.

Last but not least, we hosted an international documentary team who spent some days shooting to tell our story. We hope to share this with you all in our next report.

Thank you once again to all our GlobalGiving family of supporters and we hope that you will continue with your generosity so that we can train a group of our recent high school graduates to become skilled bamboo artisans and create bamboo businesses within their communities that East Bali Bamboo Bikes and East Bali Poverty Project will support with training quality control and marketing

Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
 
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