Our Indonesian colleagues have been hard at work this summer. We are in the process of implementing a canal cleanup and artwork project. This artistic display will feature wall paintings and solar-powered LED lighting to create a visually spectacular setup that will draw attention to signage that will lead passers-by to interactive educational resources we are developing on waste management, climate change, and marine resource management. We plan on linking many Greenworks programs into this central hub over the upcoming months.
Speaking of new Greenworks projects, we are in the process of finishing a trial run of a new "mission/project design" curriculum in Brazil. We'll be revamping it slightly based on success in Brazil and then deploy it with Indonesian (and Ukrainian) students in the upcoming weeks. This will help our new batch of students to better structure their projects for maximum impact. The two groups excited to begin work soon will be working on coral transplantation to shore up unhealthy reefs and understanding how traditional knowledge interfaces with managing marine resources (and working to improve it).
Our successes in Indonesia are helping expand this project to Ukraine and Brazil, with support coming from US students. We'll be working over the next year to establish a Greenworks exchange network that will allow students in all four countries to exchange strategies, ideas, and technologies to tackle some of the most difficult environmental challenges their communities face. Thanks for your support over the years and we're looking forward to scaling up this project very soon!
The Greenworks program is continuing to grow. We are currenlty working on revamping the curriculum to better serve a multi-lingual audience with multiple technical capabilities. We aim to have this work complete by later this year so that we can link our Indonesian students and teachers with similar classrooms in Brazil, Ukraine, and Scotland for the diplomacy games. To do so, we've been working with two enthusiastic students in California who are helping design the digital infrastructure to help us better offer the curriculum and environmental diplomacy game.
In other news, we've won a small grant from the US Department of State and Global Ties US to further develop the Greenworks program in the direction of the arts as a medium for environmental education. We'll be funding student groups to clean up and beautify the local drainage canals to help control the outflow of plastic pollution and organic garbage into the ocean. This endeavor continues to build on the successful Greenworks student projects, incorporating the garbage can project and composting business into a broader endeavor on Ternate to change behaviors and attitudes about garbage and its management. More updates in a few months!
I hope the new year is treating you well. Our new student cohort has been busy in Ternate with their composting project over the past few months. In addition to learning about the science of composting via our partners at Khairun University, they have also received training in start-up business managing to help give their composting endeavors long-term sustainability. Over the past few months, they have worked with local businesses to collect organic waste from farms, artisans, and street vendors, and process it into compost that they have been marketing at the local Ternate and Khairun University expos. They are currently working to teach their skills to local woman and young entrepreneurs to help tackle the waste problem in Ternate one community at a time.
We are very proud of what this cohort has accomplished and look forward to what our next batch of students will innovate!
Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.
Give the gift of stability in a time of instability. Set up an automatic, monthly gift now and get matched at 100%—because the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt us all, and it will take all of us to overcome it. Terms and conditions apply.
Monthly giving is as easy, safe, and as inexpensive as a Netflix subscription. Start a monthly donation to Science Voices today and get matched at 100%. Terms and conditions apply.