Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali
Support Teachers in Remote Village of East Bali

Thanks so much for your continued support for our teachers in East Bali during 2022.

This week, the students complete their first semester and on 9 January 2023 will start the second semester.

After 3 challenging years, we’re all looking forward to 2023 with new spirit and new hope, especially our children who, despite the difficulties, are more eager than ever to learn – AND graduate school.

So much so that they asked us to help them make an end of year gratitude and appeal video from one of our school: please click the link below

Many thanks again and we hope that you are able to continue your support during 2023.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year 2023

Warmest regards,

David and the EBPP Team

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Indonesia's 77th Independence Day Event
Indonesia's 77th Independence Day Event

In mid-August, all EBPP teachers were proud of the successfully designed and choreographed Indonesian Independence Dayevent for all EBPP students. The event was enlivened by various entertainment activities for cultural arts performances, songs, dramas, and also various sports competitions.

Sharing Techniques and Resources with other Schools

In improving the quality of education, we arranged comparative study visits for key students from all EBPP schools to the following 2 schools:

a)      SMA 2 Negri Amlapura: discussions and cooperation with teachers who are experienced in the field of conceptualizing, especially in the field of education programs

b)      Sanggar Anak Alam Foundation (SALAM) in Yogyakarta, Java Island, where we shared with SALAM facilitators other the opportunities and challenges faced in the field. By looking at our conditions, EBPP has “asset-based thinking” as a foundation for creating curriculum, parents and community involvement instead of focusing on problems as one of the options. Therefore, EBPP teachers began to discuss designing a curriculum that could be implemented by EBPP according to students and the community needs using resources in the surroundings for involving parents and community in students’ education. EBPP teachers are currently developinganew curriculum based on the freedom-of-learning curriculum issued by the Indonesian Government.

c)      North Bali Reef Conservation Project (Yayasan Yowana Bakti Segara), to open the minds and insights of students in the field of environmental improvement, especially in caring for coral reefs and other marine life.

Exams and Evaluation

After completing the first semester 2022-2023 academic year, it was time for evaluation in November! This year is especially important to look in detail atourstudents’progress due to the new curriculum. . Each teacher marked the students’ test and recorded their marks and attendance on the e-report application on spreadsheets, based on students’ levels. It took longer with this new process until the book reportswere printed out and ready to hand out to all students. In December we will invite all parentswhen we distribute students’ book reportsso our teacherscan explain and discuss in more detail about their children’s progress.

Thank you for continuing to support our education programs so that all EBPP teacher could give their best service to our students and – we would also like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy new year 2023.

Comparative Study to Sen. High School in Amlapura
Comparative Study to Sen. High School in Amlapura
Comparative Study to SALAM school in Yogyakarta
Comparative Study to SALAM school in Yogyakarta
Visited the North Bali Reef Conservation Project
Visited the North Bali Reef Conservation Project
Students receiving Report Book
Students receiving Report Book
Meeting with the parents
Meeting with the parents
The teachers preparing a report
The teachers preparing a report
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The last few months have been exciting! In addition to partnering with two well-established Indonesian NGOs to learn and share innovative approaches in education and parental involvement, we’ve been working on new local-based curricula and mental health training for all our staff, summarised below.

Parental Involvement in Education

In May, several teachers received training in “Parental Involvement in Education”, facilitated by Jakarta-based Red Nose Foundation who shared their experience in appropriate parenting patterns and the benefits of greater parental involvement for children's education, which, they found, reduces student dropout rates.

Our next activity was to invite all students’parents to each EBPP school to discuss the issue of early marriage, its impact and prevention, implementation of school regulations, and increasing communication between parents, students, and teachers to reduce the number of students dropping out of school.

Innovative Approaches to Education

Following our recent partnership with Bali Children Foundation (BCF) their staff came to our Ban Office and shared their innovations to government curricula through illustrated videos and interactive student challenges to help EBPP teachers design a more effective and fun curriculum with 21st century technology and based on local wisdom for all students. This is also fun for our teachers!

Developing Independent Learning Curriculum

We held workshop and started preparing for the government’s new Independent Learning Curriculum, which we will eventually implement in EBPP’s schools. This curriculum is very suitable because in addition to being based on local wisdom, it also adapts to regional conditions and prioritises the needs of students in general.

Following this, at the beginning of August, we held a computer-based National Assessment simulation activity, aimed to check the completeness and ensure the readiness of all teachers in conducting students’ National assessments online.

Teachers Mental Health Training

EBPP Counselling Guidance teachers conducted Focus Group Discussions with all teachers on understanding signs of mental health issues to increase their sensitivity to students' mental conditions, as well as initial actions to take if they find students with possible problems.

Other activities:

Introducing Junior high students to infant nutrition: In early July, our extra-curricular Youth Empowerment Facilitator took the 8th and 9th grade  students to the Posyandu (Monthlymother-infant & community health post) as a follow-up to the "Nutrition" material they had learned to see, understand and support the babies and infants’ nutrition status measuring and recording.

Preparing for 17th August Independence Day event: All EBPP staff, students and their parents are very excited because we can resume our super-fun Independence Day celebrations for the first time since 2019. All teachers are busy - with smiles from ear to ear - arranging a series of events and practices with the students to prepare for their competitions and performances for the big day!

Thank you to all the donors who have helped so far enabling the education programmes to keep running well; hopefully, with your continued support in the future everything will go even better! Thank You

Meeting with the parents
Meeting with the parents
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Teachers’ enthusiasm for the new semester in January 2022 was euphoric since the schools were finally opened. The students and teachers could meet in class again and this also meant a lot of preparations were needed. As for the learning material, the teachers provided all the students with standard base curriculum modules as well as other relevant and trustworthy material from various resources. Besides, to improve the students’ motivation in learning we also established innovative teaching activities, such as problem-based learning, where the teacher identifies a problem during the teaching process and brainstorms with colleagues to improve students’ learning activity.

On February 16th Bali Children Foundation (BCF), an NGO that supports many government schools in North Bali, visited EBPP and held a brief workshop with all teachers to introduce multimedia in teaching such as using videos, pictures, songs, film, etc. to make lessons more varied and easier to be understood. The traditional teaching technique are slightly modified with the development of appropriate technology, making it possible for teachers to give more opportunities for students’ happiness and further enjoyment during the lesson. BCF also proposed helping us to develop curricula based on our needs.

At the beginning of the year, we partnered with Udayana University Psychology professionals to determine the students’ interests and talents by giving all grade 11 and 12 students a psychology test to help them in mapping their talents and interests to make future plans after graduating from high school. For example, if they hope to continue their studies, they can choose the right major and if they plan to seek jobs, it helps them choose the type of work they want. Overall, it also helps teachers to adapt lessons to match students’ needs.

This April, EBPP teachers established teacher-parent committees by holding a meeting with all students’ parents and their respective hamlet leaders. This discussion aims to form school community organizations that have commitment and loyalty and are concerned with improving the quality of schools and education. Besides, parents are extremely important in preventing school dropouts and early child marriages through this school committee. It is hoped that there will be fewer students dropping out of school for any reason.

That's the role of EBPP teachers in educating and helping students in remote areas of East Bali to gain knowledge that is useful for their future. We would like to thank all donors for supporting us to run this education program.

Our teacher goes to the school via the dirt road
Our teacher goes to the school via the dirt road
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Schools are finally opened, after 19 months of  students learning from home due to the mandated COVID-19 school closures on 16th March 2020! On 11thOctober, our government authorised all schools, including EBPP’s, to resume face-to-face learning due to the significant reduction in numbers of Covid-19 cases in Bali, whilst implementing strict health protocols at schools. The time of school learning is very limited, so as teachers we manage all the classes well as in online learning.

Tragically, only 5 days later on 16thOctober,  a 4.8 Richter scale earthquake struck the whole of Ban village in the early morning at 4.20am, destroying or seriously damaging many of our students’ homes and causing significant damage to three EBPP schools.

Many of our students were seriously traumatised by this shocking event, which comes only 3 years after a damaging earthquake in August 2018, which followed the Mount Agung eruption of 2017 when all our students and their families had to evacuate their village for a period of months. Fortunately, we have partnered with a professional team of psychologists who are currently evaluating and counselling our students, who are responding very well – and all are able to focus and continue their studies and other fun activities.

This December, teachers have enjoyed new training and campaign activities. First was our Village Journalism training held by a local journalists’ NGO, Bale Bengong.id Media in Ban village community office for two days, December 8th & 9th 2021. This training aimed to improve the teachers’ ability in writing about important/interesting events taking place in Ban village, accompanied by photography technique and video editing. It is very important to master this skill for raising issues and problems especially in Ban village.

Secondly, EBPP teachers were finally able to provide training for all students in all EBPP schools, based on the training we’d received in June 2021 from the “Mudfish No Plastic” team, about single-use plastic. This campaign aims to give EBPP students self-awareness to participate in reducing the use of single-use plastics in their daily lives. It is hoped that students will be aware of the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastics to protect our earth together.

Our teachers’ final activity to end this first semester was marking students’ semester exams and recording all into the book reports which we’ll distributed to all students in all levels this week.

A huge thanks to you, for your continued support to our GlobalGiving crowdfunding campaign so that our program can run smoothly until the end of this year and into 2022.

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