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Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children

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!

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.

EBPP students won Literacy Day competition
EBPP students won Literacy Day competition

EBPP Students Win Awards in “Celebrating Literacy Day” Competitions

On 30th October, 8 of our studentscompeted against 128 other students from Karangasem Regency schools inIndonesia’s Literacy Day 2018 competitions,held by the EducationDepartment ofKarangasem Regency in Amlapura, the capital city.

We are very proud that our students won in 4 categories: 2nd place in Reading Competition;3rd place in Story Telling Competition for both male and female categories; and third place in Summarizing Text Competition.

The students were so excited to participate in this competitions and the most important thing is this event can help them to broaden their knowledge and experience and motivate them to always put their best effort in every occasion, and they can have fun – and next time come FIRST!

Preparation for first semester exams

We are almost at the end of the first school semester (December) where our students will have a chance to challenge themselves in the First Semester exam, doing the best to prove that they have studied hard and learnt well for the past six months.

Our teachers are now preparing the exams. The resultswill help the teachersto evaluate the students’ performances & achievements and give extra tuition where needed.

One of our teachers said, “We always give our best effort to encourage students and to optimize their potentials; the exams help us a lot to monitor and evaluate our work, since we value process, we believe in the students’ hard work and we always appreciate whatever the results are. Our students always have high motivation, that is what we really want to support”

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EBPP children study hard for the exams
EBPP children study hard for the exams
EBPP children prepare for semester exams
EBPP children prepare for semester exams
One of our EBPP children in front of class
One of our EBPP children in front of class
Students presentation about school drop out
Students presentation about school drop out

In the last few months, all EBPP students have been busy with their school activities, and we are proud that all students who took the national examinations passed with good marks, giving all other students enthusiasm to continue their studies at a higher level.

In addition to academic subjects, they also have many extra-curricular classes, their favourite being EMpower Spark & Ignite lessons when all junior and senior high school students learn and discuss about traditional gender norms, gender equality, patriarchy, sexual harassment, school dropouts, early marriage and its effects. After six months of study, discussion, brainstorming and interviews with their community members, they held a campaign by organizing a presentation attended by the local community and some local government representatives from various offices. In the presentation, students presented the results of their campaigns to tackle the existing problems young people face, such as sexual harassment, dropping out of school due to marriage and gender equality. In addition, they also formulated school regulations on sexual harassment which are expected to reduce or even eliminate sexual harassment that occurs in schools. In this campaign, students used several media such as PowerPoint presentations, posters, videos and songs to deliver their messages to the public. All media campaigns came from themselves with a little help from the teachers. This media was also quite successful in conveying the messages; especially their own-written song entitled "Stop Harassment", which many people and children imitated after the presentation ended.

In addition to Spark & Ignite lessons, the junior and senior high school students also had their EMpower course, where the key topics for the last 4 months focused on Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet, Career Orientation and Reproductive Health. The topic that most interested the students is the Career Orientation Program by making a field visit to a cashew factory (East Bali Cashew) and a Resort (East Bali Immersion) located at the northern side of their village. They were very enthusiastic about participating in all these activities, evidenced by 100% attendance and their many questions and discussions in the lessons after their visits.

In addition to their academic and EMpower classes, they were also preoccupied with the preparation for EBPP annual celebration of Indonesia's Independence Day which is celebrated on 17th August every year. This year’s celebrations were very lively, with 22 Pengalusan students performing the traditional Balinese dance: "Jangger collaboration" and 6 others presented traditional dance "Gopala". After that, they sang songs entitled: “The Pain of Evacuating our Homes (related to the 5 months of evacuation during Mount Agung eruptions)”, “Our Home” and “Thank You”, a special song written and composed by EBPP students and teacher collaboration to thank our wonderful donors, without whom they would not even be getting an education. Meanwhile, four Jatituhu students performed a traditional Balinese dance called “Puspanjali” and twelve students presented a song called “Indonesiaku (My Indonesia)”. In addition to the creativity arts activities, there are many physical competitions where several students from all 6 EBPP schools compete, such as tug-o-war, completing maps, coin hunt, etc. All these activities were very entertaining to the community, the students and the local audience of about 200-300 people.

On August 5th and 9th, another catastrophe struck. Earthquakes with RS magnitude 7.0 and 5.9 respectively, centred on the sea of Lombok! These had devastating impacts on the village of Ban. More than 350 houses and temples were damaged of which 133 houses were totally destroyed, 20 of which were in Jatituhu and 4 in Pengalusan. This incident saddened all of the Pengalusan and Jatituhu students whose houses were destroyed by the earthquake. To help the community, EBPP, once again conducted fundraising, to build temporary housing so that the community have a little comfortable place to stay until they get government assistance to build new homes. GlobalGiving kindly donated $5,000.

Although many natural disasters have occurred, the Pengalusan and Jatituhu students’ spirit of learning never faded; in fact they and their communities showed great resilience. They are very grateful to get help from all the donors, as learning and continuing school is a must for them. Thank you to all the Global Giving donors for helping us. Without your help these motivated children cannot continue their studies at school like now.

Students preparing sexual harassment poster
Students preparing sexual harassment poster
Showing what they think about sexual harassment
Showing what they think about sexual harassment
Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
EBPP teacher "guide" the student at computer class
EBPP teacher "guide" the student at computer class
Fun games at Independence Day celebration
Fun games at Independence Day celebration
Dance performance for Independence Day celebration
Dance performance for Independence Day celebration
Song recording to deliver the messages to public
Song recording to deliver the messages to public
Lombok Earthquake affected East Bali village
Lombok Earthquake affected East Bali village
Temporary homes for earthquake victims
Temporary homes for earthquake victims
 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
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