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Feb 13, 2018

One year in - what have Bottle for Botol been up to on Nusa Lembongan?

Environmental educator Herni Frilia at SDN 1
Environmental educator Herni Frilia at SDN 1

Time flies when you're having fun! It’s been one year since our first project report, so we thought we’d give you a little summary of our work to date.

  • We planned to work with 240 students at two schools. The schools were a little smaller than we anticipated so we’ve expanded to three schools. 
  • All three schools participated in our Design Competition.
  • We’ve donated 19 bottles to teachers and school staff and over 100 booklets to students.
  • Two workshops have been held with school staff and two one-on-one mentoring sessions with teachers.
  • Two schools have returned their booklets to us and these have been marked by our Environmental Educator.
  • Along with the Coral Triangle Center, Marine Megafauna Foundation and Bali Hai, we held a fantastic event for girls across the island for Earth Day. It happened to coincide with Hari Kartini, a national day to celebrate women and girls education, which is why only girls were invited.
  • Our team has visited the schools three times – in April, June and September. We’re now planning our trip to Lembongan to hold a ceremony for each school and to donate bottles to the 122 students who have completed the lessons.

This project is the first time we've worked with schools outside of Bali and Australia, and we've learned some key lessons:

  • Technology was an unexpected but important part of working with schools that are on a different island. Providing additional support to teachers is crucial, for example, explaining how to reduce file sizes to for email attachments when sending lesson reports.
  • Travel plays a big role in our ability to support the schools the way we would like to. Partnerships with organisations and businesses on the island help us to stay connected to Lembongan, and to the schools, even when we can’t physically be there.

In December, our friends at the Marine Megafauna Foundation (who are based in Lembongan) popped over to SDN 3 Lembongan and gave a fun presentation to the Grade Five students. The MMF team spoke to the class about how lucky they are to live in a place with some of the best parts of the ocean anywhere in the world. They talked about some of the different marine animals found around Lembongan, and played games to identify their favourite animals. The most popular were turtles, dolphins, manta rays and octopuses.

Next time you hear from us, we will have held a celebration at the schools and donated bottles to the fantastic students in our program - all made possible because of you!

Workshop participants and their bottles
Workshop participants and their bottles
Traditional plastic-free food packaging
Traditional plastic-free food packaging
Students making Symbols of Friendship
Students making Symbols of Friendship
MMF presenting at SDN 3 Lembongan
MMF presenting at SDN 3 Lembongan
SDN 3 Lembongan students
SDN 3 Lembongan students
Dec 1, 2017

Towards a plastic-free Lembongan - an update!

Saras giving a presentation on Bottle for Botol
Saras giving a presentation on Bottle for Botol

Thank you so much for your support for our plastic reduction project in Nusa Lembongan!

As you may or may not have heard, Mt Agung has been threatening to erupt since September, so we've been a little behind in getting this report out to you. 

Indonesia runs on "Jam karet' (rubber time) and things have moved a little more slowly that anticipated in the last three months. We've had the volcano to contend with, school holidays, and each primary school has been undergoing an accreditation process with the Indonesian government.

One of the big issues that organisations face in Indonesia, is communication and technological difficulties, and we are no different. Even though Dode Gargitha, School Communications Officer, contacts the teachers on a weekly basis, because our team is based in Bali (a boat ride away from Lembongan) we've had a little trouble in getting information from schools as often as we'd like.

But we do our best!

In September our Research Officer, Rai Ayu Saraswati (Saras), travelled to Lembongan to undertake marine research with Marine Megafauna Foundation. While there, she gave a presentation to divers, researchers and tourists on our work, and the issues facing marine life in Lembongan and Indonesia. Saras visited each school, checked in with the teachers, and collected fifty-five student booklets from two schools who had completed their lessons. Unfortunately she fell ill with food poisoning and had to return home early so wasn't able to revisit the schools while on the island. 

The good news is that all three of our primary school groups have now completed their eight lesson environmental education program! 

Herni Frilia, our Environmental Education Coordinator, has marked the booklets from the two schools. She gave each booklet a grade out of A, B, C and D. SDN 1 Lembongan did very well and averaged a B mark, we have a little more work to do with SDN 3 Lembongan who received an average of a C mark. We are still working on collecting booklets from SDN 2 Lembongan.

We're waiting for reports from each school about how the program went, what worked well and what didn't and then our team will pop over for a visit. Hopefully the next time you hear from us we've donated our reusable, stainless-steel, BPA-free bottles to the amazing students in Lembongan!

Teachers at SDN 2 Lembongan with their bottles
Teachers at SDN 2 Lembongan with their bottles
Completed student booklets from two schools
Completed student booklets from two schools
Aug 14, 2017

Making Lembongan plastic free - an update!

SDN 1 Lembongan students during a BFB lesson
SDN 1 Lembongan students during a BFB lesson

Despite the school holidays here in Indonesia, we’ve been busy checking in with our three schools in Nusa Lembongan, and building on our commitment to help make the island plastic free.

 

We’re a small team based in Bali, so to ensure we have an ongoing presence in Lembongan we work with other organisations and businesses based on the island to continually raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on marine life. Our good friends at Marine Megafauna Foundation held an Aquatic Extravaganza fundraiser, and we contributed bottles as raffle prizes. We’ve also developed a partnership with Bali Hai to raise funds by selling our bottles at their resort and shops in Bali and Lembongan.

 

Our fabulous School Communications Officer, Dode Gargitha, headed over to Lembongan in June to meet with the schools. One of the key parts of our education program is supporting teachers and students by checking in with them to see how the program is tracking, what feedback they have on the lessons and if there is anything we can do to help or improve. Dode visits a lesson at each school to get a hands-on sense of how it’s all going.

 

As you might remember from our last update, schools have the autonomy to decide what the best way is for them to deliver our curriculum to students. Usually, one teacher delivers the lessons to students as part of their own class. Two schools on Lembongan have organised to share the workload between three teachers, so far this is working well as it means teachers are able to participate in the program, learn about plastic, pollution and their impacts on the environment, in a way that respects the many other commitments they have as superstar teachers.

 

SDN 1 and SDN 3 are almost at the end of our eight lesson program, once they provide reports to us on each lesson, we will be heading over to donate bottles to these amazing students. Keep your eyes peeled for our next update!

 

Your ongoing support means we can expand our presence in Lembongan, and make more visits to the schools. A recurring donation is a great way to help us do this, or why not donate a bottle to a student by buying one of ours?

SDN 1 Lembongan students and their workbooks
SDN 1 Lembongan students and their workbooks
Our bottles at SDN 2 Lembongan
Our bottles at SDN 2 Lembongan
SDN 2 Lembongan students during a lesson
SDN 2 Lembongan students during a lesson
SDN 3 Lembongan students during a lesson
SDN 3 Lembongan students during a lesson

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