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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
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
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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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Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp
Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp

As we started the new 2018-2019 academic year on 2nd July, I wanted to (a) sincerely thank all of our donors whose support has enabled us to continue educating our motivated Pengalusan and Jatituhu children and (b) update you with their recent achievements/successes and the challenges we face in the months and year ahead– especially as we ran the programs from January 2018 without sufficient funding,but we still continued,as our commitment to give them an integrated and relevant education.

 National Exam Success

Although they had limited time to prepare (only returned to school in mid-February after  Mt Agung eruption evacuations), we are delighted to report that allstudents who took the National Exams in April & May GRADUATED from their respective levels:  5 from elementary, 4 junior high and 5 from senior high school (3 Pengalusan boys& 2 Jatituhu girls). The elementary and junior high school graduates continued to the next level at our school, whilst 3senior high school graduates planned to continue to tertiary education and the other 2 have jobs lined up.Read Pengalusan Graduates success stories, below. From illiteracy to graduation!

 

Challenges

1) Funds urgently needed for Jatituhu and PengalusanChildren's Education!

Our mission since EBPP started in 1998 is to eliminate illiteracy in impoverished communities.In addition to the children presently in school, 8 Jatituhu children are eager to enrol to our Elementary School – inspired by our new graduates - but we are unable to accept them yet due to shortage of funds. Our school is the only real choice for them as the nearest government school is average of 2+ hours walk from their remote hillside homes. Please support us to continue educating the present Jatituhu and Pengalusan children and give the opportunity of the 8 children in waiting to enrol for the 2018-2019 academic year – and enable these students to continue their education, graduate, and lead their communities to prosperity.

Please donate to our GlobalGiving campaign. On GGRewards Bonus Day, 18th July: 9am - 11.59pm EDT (Bali time: 9pm on 18th July - 11.59am on 19th July),GlobalGiving matches all donations up to $500by 50%!

2)  Uncertainty of Mount Agung Volcano Eruptions

Mount Agungstarted erupting again on 27th June, with multiple eruptions and earthquakes to date, the biggest eruption being on 2nd July forcingPengalusan and other communities living nearest the crater to evacuate to a safer locationat Ban village office, 12km away. Fortunately our Jatituhu School is not yet affected as Jatituhu is 8km from the crater and outside the danger zone.

Pengalusan School activities have been affected again by this current situation - but EBPP has given utmost support, and from 9th July, all Pengalusan students- together with our nearby Cegi School, also suspended due to eruptions - are studying in EBPP temporary camp in Tianyar village, 20 km from the crater. Every day EBPP picks up the students from the evacuation camp and drives them to Tianyar.We hope and pray that Mount Agung’s activity will soon cease so that these students can return to study in their own school.

These children need your help. Please continue supporting them in this new academic year.

Thank you so much for your donations that enable these children continue their education.

 

Success Story of our Senior High School Students Graduates

1)    I Want to be Indonesia’s Forestry Minister

My name is Nengah L. I took the national exam in April and May. The tests were difficult, but I studied really hard and I’ve finally got the news that I passed the exam!

I still can’t believe that I could graduate from high school. For 12 years, I was very happy to attend EBPP School and I enjoyed learning with my friends. My favourite lesson was EMpower because it taught me so many practical skills and knowledge, such as computer operation and gender. I am especially impressed with EMpower Spark & Ignite classes as I could learn about relationship between genders, something that is not openly talked about in our community. In the future, I hope men and women will get the same experience and opportunity in the community.

Now that I have graduated, I want to aim high. My father, mother, and brother only work as farmers, but I want to continue studying in college – something that no one in the family had done. After that, I hope to find a good job in Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry and maybe achieving my lifelong dream to be the Forestry Minister of Indonesia!

2)      Working to Help My Family after Graduation

My name is Nyoman O. My Mum and Dad only work as farmers, while they have four children to take care of, including me. Sometimes I will also help them taking care of our cows, or weaving bamboo baskets to be sold at the market. I am very grateful because EBPP has provided me with free education for 12 years. I have learned how to read, write, and count, as well as many other life skills.

Now that I have graduated from high school, I want to find work outside the village, preferably in the hospitality industry. This way, I can help my family to get a better life!

3) My Time in EBPP School

My name is Nengah M from Pengalusan. I am 19 years old. My hobby is playing volley ball with my friends. I have a dream to work in a hospitality industry.

I have learned so many things during my time studying in EBPP School. I made a lot of friends, and I enjoy learning with them. One of the most important things I learn in school was about gender equality and the importance of respecting everyone, regardless of their gender.

After this, I want to work in a hotel or other hospitality industry outside the village. I want to be a successful man that can benefit my family and my community.

 

Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Motivated Jatituhu students
Motivated Jatituhu students
Class study
Class study
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Regular meeting with the parents
Regular meeting with the parents
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Students and teachers during the opening ceremony
Students and teachers during the opening ceremony

The 2nd of May, 2018 was a special day for all of our teachers and students as we celebrated the National Education Day. The children and the teachers were very excited to welcome this once-in-a-year event!

The celebration began at 9 AM with an opening ceremony. Speeches were given by EBPP Founder and CEO - David J. Booth, EBPP Team Leader - Komang Kurniawan, and the Head of Education Team - I Made Suarjana. They encouraged our students to study hard and graduate high school to pursue a better life in the future.

The event continued with a play entitled "Rumahku Tempat Merajut Mimpi” (My Home, A Place Where I Live My Dream). The play narrated the actual Mount Agung volcano crisis in September 2017. It vividly described the challenges faced by the villagers while living in the evacuation camp and how those problems were overcome. It was an exciting play which combined the story with traditional and modern dance, music, poetry reading and singing. More than 20 talented representatives from six EBPP schools were selected to perform.

The event carried on with exciting general knowledge quizzes, puzzles and chess contests. There were also painting demonstration and displays. Prior to the distribution of awards, the students cheerfully presented music performances to close the event. We challenged our students to develop their creativity and self-confidence. These are necessary skills to acquire as we want our students to be accomplished, not only in academic subjects but also talented, creative and confident in other aspects of life!

YOU CAN SUPPORT US IN PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN EAST BALI:

 In the spirit of celebrating National Education Day, we'd like to remind you to support our GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Campaign which will last until May 13th, to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu. You can visit our campaign page at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-our-education-today-for-a-brighter-future/

In this Mother’s Day campaign you can help us to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu by donating to our campaign in honour of special mothers in your life. You can also give them a special gift card acknowledging that you helped to fulfil the dream of other mothers in the impoverished communities of East Bali!

Together We Create Education for All!

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Support our Mother's Day campaign
Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
EBPP Students Cendrawasih'Bird of Paradise'Dance
EBPP Students Cendrawasih'Bird of Paradise'Dance
Students' drama about Mount Agung eruption crisis
Students' drama about Mount Agung eruption crisis
Closing dance of the students' drama, led by Peny
Closing dance of the students' drama, led by Peny
Proud local mothers watching students' performance
Proud local mothers watching students' performance
General knowledge quizzes
General knowledge quizzes
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
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David motivates the students after back to school
David motivates the students after back to school

As we mentioned on our November 2017 report that Jatituhu school was suspended from 22nd September due to the potential of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupting and were allowed to resume again on 13th November after volcano activities reduced. Ultimately, Mount Agung DID  erupt on 21st November,  followed by more eruptions in the next few days, when the government ordered the community to be evacuated again to a safer location more than 12km radius from Mount Agung crater.

However, our teachers continued to give classes to the students in various evacuation camps although it was not maximal. We also gave the students their first semester exams at the camps in mid December 2017.

On 4th January, after the eruptions stopped and volcanic activitydecreased the government finally  reduced the hazard zone to 6km from the crater that allowed the Jatituhu community to returned home and we resumed full Jatituhu school programs on 8 January 2018. 

Now that ourJatituhu School has resumed normal activities, both EBPP staff and students have to work harder to catch up with the curriculum not yet covered due to their evacuation. In addition to academic lessons, they have also resumed extra curricula EMpower classes, present topics being about "Preventing Pregnancy or Abstaining". We hope that the knowledge and empowerment given in these lessons will discourage students from getting married at an early age.

For the next EMpower classes, we’ve partnered with STMIK STIKOM Indonesia, a computer& IT university based in Denpasar. Their lecturers will start on 27th February 2018 teaching our high school students professional computer skills of Word, Excel, Graphic Design and internet skills to enable them to be competitive in the jobs market and help lift their village from poverty to sustainable social and economic development. Our Grade 6 (5 students), 9 (3) & 12 (3) students however, need more intensive classes because in April & May 2018 they will sit the Government National Exams to graduate elementary, junior and senior high school respectively.

Their education in Jatituhu school is made possible through your kind donations to our crowdfunding campaigns, launched in November 2015, when you helped us raise $13,776 and achieve our target to sponsor 12 of our primary school students for 2 years, from January 2016 until December 2017. Presently in total we have 28 students at Jatituhu school. From January 2018, we are again facing difficulties as the present donors of our 16 others students are also unable to continue financial support. With your help, we can continue providing comprehensive education for all our 28 Jatituhu students.

The average cost/year for one student in 2018 is US$584. To provide education for 28 students and sustain the operating costs of our education team, transport and school facilities for all students in Jatituhu School for 2018, we need to raise US$16,352.

We, the students and the Jatituhu community would be very grateful if you candonate again to make their dream become reality.

Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
Happy students back to normal school
Happy students back to normal school
STIKI's lecturers introduction
STIKI's lecturers introduction
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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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