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Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children

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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Every year from September to November is great for our students but this year has been exceptional, as we report below.


Student Council (OSIS) establishment, 21st September

A new initiative of EBPP students who, through their EMpower program, decided to seek solutions to many problems, especially school dropout and child marriage, that still happen in their schools, and were inspired by the Regional Children Forum of Karangasem, FAD (Forum Anak Daerah), to form a student council after the FAD presentation last April about children’s rights convention and children’s organizations, including OSIS. In order to make a memorable election, the EMpower Team initiated a camping weekend, located at Candi Gora Temple, Tianyar Timur on Saturday 21st September, when all EBPP high school students gathered for their first camping activities, starting with cleaning the area, praying and then, erecting their tents. As this was their first time camping, they really struggled – but had great fun - building the tents. The weather was much hotter than their mountain village, BUT the sun’s sting couldn’t lower their spirits!


Mount Barker Community School (MBCC) Annual Visit, 24th September

This year we took their 9 students and 3 teachers to EBPP Pengalusan School. They divided the activities into four groups, rotating every 30 minutes. Group one: Guessing games using play dough, guessing who am I? and other fun games played with artificial hands (tiny hands), challenging them to play ball and tie shoelaces with these artificial hands!! Group 2 was twister games and board games, dealing with numbers. In Group 3 was playing the flute and fun Uno. Finally, group 4 was a sports activity. The most fantastic activity though was creating EBPP students’ individual profiles! EBPP students then taught bamboo weaving, music and Balinese traditional dance to show and share their talents with MBCC students, especially in bamboo basket weaving skills.

Ari Rudenko’ Prehistoric Body Theater, 14th – 15th October

Ari Rudenko, artistic director and founder of Prehistoric Body Theatre introduced the dinosaur dance to our students. He and his amazing Indonesian dance team through gave a 2 day workshop illustrating and teaching EBPP students prehistoric dances created by Ari to accompany his Ghosts of Hell Creak historic documentary – a dance about a prehistoric animal (acheroraptor).


ISKL (International School Kuala Lumpur) 22nd - 23rd October

Tuesday 22nd October, the first of a 2 day sharing visit by 16 tenth grade students and 3 teachers from ISKL, led by Jeffrey Samson who’d visited earlier this year. We took them to Pengalusan School where ISKL students divided into three groups: one learnt music with EBPP’s Volcano Band, another practicing traditional Balinese dance, and the 3rd were taught fine bamboo basket weaving by our girls and the coarser weave by our boys. They rotated every 30 minutes so all got involved. On 23rd October, ISKL students piled into the back of EBPP’s 4WD pickups for the 25 minute trip to Jatituhu school - located on Mount Abang slopes - and directly got to work with EBPP students repairing steep steps from the road to the school, repairing the school ceiling, painting all classrooms and the library, all materials costs sponsored by ISKL! Language was a challenge due to EBPP students’ limited English - but they managed to communicate for cooperation. Teamwork with the groups and students on different activities ended with a job super well done!!


10 Bali Hindu Temples “Tirta Yatra” 2-days Tour

On October 25-26, 2019, a total of 210 students, tutors and EBPP staff took a road trip in 6 buses around Bali island to hold joint prayers at 10 main Hindu temples: Silayukti, Goa Lawah, Sakenan, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Rambut Siwi, Jaya Prana, Pulaki, Melanting, and Ponjok Batu Temples. The field trip was amazing and tiring at the same time, we’re still happy and enjoyed every moment at each temple. At 3.15pm on 26th October, we arrived at EBPP Ban Office and went to our respective home happily. This spiritual field trip gave us a very special and unforgettable experience and we’re looking forward for the next one.

We could not have achieved the above without your amazing support, Global Giving crowdfunding donors. Please continue your support and help us to keep teaching, empowering and motivating our Jatituhu and Pengalusan students. Donate on #Giving Tuesday, 3rd December and get donations MATCHED by GlobalGiving!

Visit from Mount Barker school
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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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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!

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GlobalGiving project report: Due 24 February 2019

Exams, new school uniforms, backpacks, music performances and gender training

November and December 2018 were the busiest months for our Jatituhu and Pengalusan students as they had to work hard for their first semester test before the holiday. After taking their test from November 21st to 25th 2018, the students received their school report books on December 18th and we proudly announce that all students passed their exams and could continue to the next semester. On December 10th the students also received their new uniforms - and they were very excited because they hadn’t had any new uniforms since 2016! And finally, better late than never, we were able to present graduation certificates to our students who graduated National exams in June 2018 – and are now in grade one senior high school – after finally receiving them from the government education department.

In their extra curricula EMpower classes the students learnt how to develop a small Business plan as well as financial literacy classes, with a key focus on how to manage money for their life needs. For their EMpower nutrition module, they also learnt how to cook healthy food during a full day cooking class, using local and nutritious ingredients, taught by a local female chef.

To welcome Christmas, December 16th was also a memorable day for our students when they were invited by The Shanti Foundation (a Bali-based NGO) to L-Hotel Seminyak to celebrate their “Loving, Giving and Sharing” event. Some students from Pengalusan and Jatituhu participate in this event, with The Volcano music group from Pengalusan School performing songs “Stop Harassment” and “Thank You”, both written and composed by EBPP staff and students.

In order to improve their local culture, the students also keep practicing Balinese traditional dances. They have dance classes once a week outside their academic lessons schedule, from a professional dance teacher from the adjacent village of Tianyar. At the moment, they are learning about and practicing: “Gopala” (fishing dance), “Wirayuda” (war dance), “Pendet” (a welcome dance), “Belibis” (swan dance), “Cendrawasih” (Bird of Paradise dance), and “Jangger” (happiness dance).

In January 2019, EBPP distributed new school bags (backpacks) to all students. This is the first time many of them have ever had school bags and our teachers really noticed higher motivation and diligence among all students – and broader smiles as they arrive at school.

This month, February, a group of our Pengalusan senior high school students are doing extra activities on Saturday mornings: they’re presenting, to students of Jatituhu and our other 4 schools, lessons, they studied and practiced for 6 months in their EMpower (youth empowerment) classes in 2018 – that were delivered by our specially trained instructors - in gender equality, patriarchy and sexual harassment,.

Thanks to continuous support from our donors, especially through our Global Giving campaigns, the students are able to have better opportunities in life, due to learning both academic and extra curricula subjects.

Many thanks to Global Giving and all of you who have supported us for the continuation and sustainability of our programs, so that these students in Jatituhu and Pengalusan can continue learning until they can reach their dreams.

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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