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May 22, 2019

Academic and Extra-Curricular Programmes Impacting

New shoes and socks for all our students in March, three months after getting their new school uniforms and backpacks, was a cause for great excitement and huge smiles and pride the following day when they wore them to school!

Government exams for grade 6 elementary and grade 9 junior high school were different to previous years as this year, high school exams were computer-based! After simulation practice on computers at a district government school from March 10th-11th 2019, all were very confident when taking their exams from May 10th – 12th. Elementary schools still used  paper-based exams, which ran from April 8th – 10th. For all our other students, EBPP teacher prepared semester tests for all non-graduating classes, which ran from 20th – 28th May 20th. Our annual National Education Day celebrations on 2nd May were held this year at EBPP Daya Bamboo Centre, far enough away from Mount Agung crater – which is still on 4km radius alert and erupted the previous day. Students from all EBPP schools, in collaboration with EBPP teachers, presented various creative arts performances, dance, music, poetry, and also a fantastic fun competition for Junior high school level creating English words through letters and also another one was creating English sentences. In the competition to arrange letters into words at junior high school level, Pengalusan School won first place!  

In our extra curricula youth empowerment “EMpower” classes, our Pengalusan students experienced teaching rather than learning! Our Pengalusan students presented what they had learned and put into practice in their EMpower classes on gender equality, sexual harassment, school dropout and underage child marriage, initially to EBPP’s Manikaji, Jatituhu, and Darmaji school. They presented these topics through videos, songs, power point, and posters so their presentation becomes exciting for the audience and generated many questions and great answer by our presenters. The highlight of these presentations was EBPP volcano Band, from Pengalusan, performing their two songs entitled “Stop Pelecehan” (stop harassment) and “Sadar” (mindful). Their last presentation was to inspire all school students to draft a School policy about tackling sexual harassment in their schools.

EBPP students also presented to the 3 Ban village government junior high schools from late March to early April, with the same goals but also to encourage collaboration and sharing of these principles and new “standards” in the future to eliminate sexual harassment, school dropout and early child marriage.

Giving presentations in other schools, especially government schools, helps our stunts gain more confidence in ‘public speaking’ so they get better at presenting their materials and will surely improve their prospects after they graduate school. These exciting achievements are driven by high motivation, dedicated teachers -  and made possible by generous donor funding through our Global Giving campaigns. Thank you!

May 20, 2019

EBPP Teachers Creating Curricula That Work for Children in East Bali

EBPP Teachers preparing the teaching materials
EBPP Teachers preparing the teaching materials

Being a teacher and educating children in our own village is something that is very pleasant and rewarding for those who like this job: teaching in the classroom whereas some people prefer learning than teaching. As a teacher at EBPP, supported by GlobalGiving donors, we must have extensive teaching insights and understand the learning characteristics of her/his students, so that teachers can be creative and use different methods in teaching. As time goes on, EBPP teachers keep innovating their teaching techniques, such as: learning through research in libraries, learning through games, learning English through art - as inspired by one of our volunteers, making artwork utilizing nature’s potential, composing songs related with nature and human life, and many other techniques.

Computer-based National Exams

One of the teacher’s most important tasks is assisting students to prepare and be ready to face the national exam as the real challenge in their school life. Starting this year, the exams are no longer answering question on paper but by using computer! The teacher always put their best effort to help them to be the best they can be and be able to pass the exam.

National Education Day, annually on 2nd May

This year, we held our National Education Day celebrations in EBPP’s Daya Bamboo Centre. The teachers, in collaboration with all our students, prepared many activities such as the opening ceremony to commemorate education heroes, creative art performances, Balinese and modern dance, music performances, poetry reading, and also – for the first time - the fantastic fun competitions of junior high school students creating English words through letters, the winner making the most words in 10 minutes; and the other one was creating English sentences through words for senior high students in 10 minutes. The most fun competition however was the general knowledge quiz for all levels: elementary, junior and senior high. All students enjoyed the celebrations, assisted by EBPP teachers.

“Extra English classes – Please!”

Students’ motivation in learning English encouraged our teachers to offer them extra time to learn English after classes finish – BUT they would have to come down to EBPP staff rooms in Ban office. It was then a wonderful surprise when, without prior notification, EBPP’s Manikaji and Darmaji students came the 5 and 7 kilometres respectively to EBPP Ban office last Thursday, 16th May! They committed and agreed to study after school ended and hopefully their English language skills will rapidly improve.

Many thanks to our GlobalGiving donors for supporting our teachers in our mission. By developing and creating different teaching methodology we as teachers are able to give the children the best start in life. Adapting curricula that work for the children helps them to enjoy learning and we hope they will continue to learn throughout their life.

EBPP teachers assisting students for National Exam
EBPP teachers assisting students for National Exam
EBPP students taking National Exam to graduate
EBPP students taking National Exam to graduate
Teaching learning at EBPP school
Teaching learning at EBPP school
Preparation for Education Day performance
Preparation for Education Day performance
Quiz at Education Day celebration
Quiz at Education Day celebration
Creating English words through letters competition
Creating English words through letters competition
Mar 11, 2019

EBBB Team designing and building new and exciting Products including a Wheelchair

Wheelchair bamboo
Wheelchair bamboo

Our last bike sold in 2018 was to a UK client, who was so happy with the bamboo City Bike he bought in August 2018 when living temporarily in Bali, that he bought one as a surprise Christmas present for his teenage daughter – who was a super fan of her Dad’s bike – which he hand-carried on his flight to UK at the end of December – with great feedback so far!

The quiet period with very few bamboo bike enquiries or orders so far this year,coinciding with Indonesia’s rainy season from October to April, has provided opportunities for our highly skilledteam of artisans in our bamboo workshop to innovative, first by creating our own exciting bamboo bike wheels spokes prototype, as well as laminated and solid bamboo casings for radios and Bluetooth speakers, bamboo cutlery and much more, shown in the photos.  

However, the most exciting project our team has undertaken and are now well on the way to completing, is a bamboo wheelchair prototype, created for a friend newly arrived in Bali who has an imported and expensive wheelchair to facilitate taking his disabled son to the beach. He came to East Bali Bamboo Bikes last year asking us to develop a completely bamboo framed wheelchair that he could donate to families of disabled children who live in rural villages, such as EBPP home village of Ban and the adjacent 3 Tianyar villages, on the sandy slopes of Mounts Agung and Abang, where all the 30+ families with disabled children live far from good quality roads, meaning most of these children can never really leave their home, except when carried by their devoted parents.

Deni, our bamboo bike designer, developed the initial design for the wheelchair using measurements from the beach wheelchair with our professional computer design volunteer in a series of concept computer designs that were rapidly approved by our client.

This wheelchair will benefit from the flexibility of the bamboo frames, the small, solid and wide tread front wheels and the main wheels using wide rims, with tyres and inner tubes that allow punctures to be easily repaired and new tyres and tubes easy to buy in cycle stores. The other great benefit we offer is providing all of the steel components made-to-measure by our specialist partners in Bandung, West Java, from aircraft grade aluminium,

You can also see from the photos that we’ve created the seat and backrest from laminated bamboo as well as the main wheel spokes and the push rims or hand rims: in fact where bamboo can be used, we use it!!  

This beautiful innovative wheelchair will be completed quite soon and we’ll give further updates in our next report.

Thank you to all our Global Giving donors who’ve supported us so far, but we’ve a long way to go and are in need of funds to enable us to allocate some of our bamboo artisans to train more local youth and young men & women with the skills to enable them to consider becoming entrepreneurs in their communities to speed up their economic development.

wheelchair bamboo
wheelchair bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Back side of bamboo radio box
Back side of bamboo radio box
Wheelchair bamboo
Wheelchair bamboo
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
 
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