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

The Covid-19 pandemic is still a very serious problem in Indonesia and so all schools remain closed and students continue learning remotely from home, requiring EBPP teachers to always think creatively and innovatively; whatever problems the students face, they must be able to find the best solution quickly.

In these difficult remote learning situations, after adapting and improving the WhatsApp group learning process for the last 6 months, it is the best solution. In teaching with this system, students can easily ask about subject topics they do not understand, even though some have to walk quite a distance to find internet signal. As EBPP teachers, we must be ready to respond to questions from students, anytime and anywhere. Often our teachers work late into the night in order to provide comprehensive learning materials that are suitable for their students’ home study.

What our Teachers say

Wayan S, an EBPP teacher who and the principal of the Pengalusan School, said, "During this pandemic, as a teacher, I am responsible for motivating all students so that they can join together fighting for their education. Even though I have to go to higher ground or places far from high school students’ homes to meet them for study, I’m also responsible for bringing print outs of lesson material for elementary students studying offline. Three times a week I walk around to the students' houses to monitor their progress and ensure that none of them have problems in learning.I also communicate with their parents, so they understand how important it is for their children to learn every day, especially during this pandemic. Many parents don’t want their children to leave the house to study, but after I explained that they left the house because they had to look for internet signals to study, their parents finally understood.”

"As Coordinator of the EBPP Education Program, I feel very proud of all my teaching friends who go every day to students' houses to teach, they never complain or feel tired, even though they have to travel through steep, dry and rocky roads,” said Made S.

Proud to be keeping students nourished and safe

All EBPP teachers are very pleased and proud when they can provide the monthly supplementary food packages of rice, green beans, cooking oil and dried fish to all students so that none go hungry and can enjoy studying at home, even during the long and hot dry season like now.We really hope that we are able to continue this until the end of this year and that no students feel the need to drop out of school to seek work to supplement their parents’ income! We are also very pleased that all teachers and students received donations of bottles of good hand sanitizer last week, accompanied by educational hygiene posters which we fixed to the school walls.Hopefully, these extra precautionary measures will prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 Virus so that students are always healthy and can still follow learning well.

Thank you to the donors, especially those who helped through the crowd funding of GlobalGiving, so that we can still carry out learning activities well – and keep up the spirit of ourteacher!!

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Our teachers preparing exams materials until night
Our teachers preparing exams materials until night

Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck around the world, most students couldn’t study well because their schools were closed. On 16th March Indonesia’scentral government also announcedtemporary closure of all schools and students must learn from home. For teachers who care about their students, teaching is very difficult in this situation!

To overcome this difficulty, EBPP teachers initiated a distance learning system, dividing their tasks between two groups. The first group is assigned to prepare the respective modules whilethe seconddelivers the subject matter to each student's home. Getting to most students’ homes is quite difficult because they can only be accessed via often steep and winding mountainous footpaths. Even so, the teachers are never discouraged crossing broken roads every day so their students can study at home. They are assisted in distributing materials for elementary schools by our local tutors from each school, who also coordinate with the parents to assist by monitoring their children.

For middle and high school students, EBPP teachers have designed an online learning system through WhatsApp groups, sending all subjects online. The difficulties with this system are: not all students have a smartphone and (b) difficult in all locations to find good signal without going outside. To ensure all had phones and equal opportunities to study, EBPP allocated a GlobalGiving $1,000 “hardshipgrant” to buy 16 cell phones, and loaned them to these students so that they could study effectively from home.

To avoid Covid-19 virustransmission, EBPP’s provided each student with complete hygiene/sanitation kits plus masks and all teachers urged students to always maintain good hygiene and health.

We also knew that during the strict lockdown many may go hungry as their families have no income; to assist them,  EBPP distributed nutritious food packages to all students and their families in May; AND we plan to providefood packagesevery month during the COVID -19 lockdown – if we have available funds.

Boredom: To relieve boredom while stuck at home, our art teacher distributes drawing and painting materials so students can use their free time to paint at home, channelling their creativity to paper and canvas through colour media and pencils.

Semester exams: In mid-May, all studentstook their final semester exams with a difference!As these could not be done by WhatsApp messages, our dedicated teachers prepared photographed AND photocopied every test and distributed to each student's home! In thefollowingdays, all teachers were full on checking/markingall students’tests papers.

Good luck EBPP teachers, stay safe and healthy;hopefully the Covid-19 virus will soon pass and life will return to normal.

We’re grateful to all donors who’ve helped us feed and support our students till now – but your urgent assistance is needed to enable us to provide food packages for June, July and until the COVID-19 lockdown ends.

Although rain, teacher still visiting students
Although rain, teacher still visiting students
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Our teachers preparing exams materials
Our teachers preparing exams materials
Teacher preparing lessons materials from home
Teacher preparing lessons materials from home
Teachers meeting at our office
Teachers meeting at our office
Students taking exam at home supervised by teacher
Students taking exam at home supervised by teacher
Handing over of smartphone for study from home
Handing over of smartphone for study from home
Explaining to student how to use smartphone
Explaining to student how to use smartphone
Art drawing lessons during study from home
Art drawing lessons during study from home
Distributing staple  food for our students
Distributing staple food for our students
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Teaching students in a remote area is a personal satisfaction for the teachers. Different characteristics of students in each EBPP school require our teachers to be more creative and innovative. This month all EBPP teachers are very focused on preparing students who will take the national final exams which will be held in March and April this year by the central government.There are 41 students who will take examinations from 6 EBPP schools at elementary, junior and senior high school level and 17 of them are from Pengalusan and Jatituhu schools.

Pak Made S (EBPP senior teacher) uses a strategy of reading books before learning, to increase interest in reading by getting students to read books about 10 minutes before the main lesson begins. Each student must share about their view after reading the books. With this habit of reading, we’ve seen that students' grammar and vocabulary has improved; and they’ve less difficulty composing good sentences and writing short stories. In short, classes become more active and students are more engaged, especially when writing their daily diaries!

Our Balinese Language and Hinduism teacher, Pak Wayan S, uses a different technique, as Balinese and Hindu Religion subjects are the basic foundation knowledge that students must learn at school so they can apply it appropriately in real life. Thus, he uses a contextual teaching model, designed to make learning more meaningful to students by connecting to real life. Before starting the lesson,he gives them questions to direct them to the main topic, which requires them to use their critical thinking skills.

Most people think it’s easy to speak Balinese language correctly without learning it intensively, since Balinese  is our first language; but Wayan totally disagree because Balinese language has different levels, where the highest is only spoken by people who have a high ‘caste’level in society. In order to build students’ characters, they need to speak Balinese in a proper way, such as knowing how to address those who are older. The language reflects how respectful you are. Therefore, building our students’ characters and confidence is his first priority in teaching Balinese and Hindu Religion. By having a good character and confidence, they will be able to have good behaviour at school, home, and in society.

"I really like the teaching methods used by EBPP teachers, because I can more quickly understand the lessons being delivered," said Rantani, one of our Jatituhu students who will take the national high school exam this year. Thank you, GlobalGiving's donors, for inspiring EBPP teachers to be more creative and innovative 

 

February 2020, By Komang Kurniawan/Team leader of EBPP

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The difficult geographic location of EBPP’s Pengalusan and Jatituhuschools, high up the slope of Mount Agung and Abang respectively, does not dampen the enthusiasm of either students or teachersto get to these schools.The teachers admit that the limited school facilities make them even more determined:faced with many challenges and obstacles, we make use of limited media to develop creative learning methods that can foster students’ ability to think critically, logically and analytically.

 

Some examples of creative media in learning Civics and Economicsare when our teacher first drew his own charts/ shapes according to the learning material. Secondly, he created cards as the game method of connecting cards and matching cards. Thirdly, active problem-based discussion learning groups and presentations using a digital projector to display picture and video, and using the mind-mapping learning method as well as contextual learning and field practice.

 

In maths lessons, our teacher creates crossword puzzles by getting the students to fill in numbers according to the subjects such as the results of multiplication, division and fraction numbers. This game is a very appropriate way to hone students’ thinking skills. Another teacher uses charts in teaching statistic by having the students working in groups and doing some interview in neighbours’ house to find the data needed. After collecting the data, then they developed the charts and gave presentations. In science classes, the students also gavepresentations to their peers to prove that the material they learn is already mastered. In English, the teacher uses many different activities such as reading story books every week andgetting the students to memorize five new words, learning through games such as noughts and crosses game to encourage step by step students’ logical thinking skill. In this game the students have to compete in groups; the winner is the first group to fill three squares in a row, either across, down, or diagonally by creating sentences using the words in the squares. If their sentence is correct they can write either “X”s or “O”s based on their group.

 

Since we usemany different media in learning, the ability to think critically, logically and analyse starts to grow, seen by the students’ ability in asking, answering, commenting, and active communication.To be a successful teacher, we must be able to create interesting learning media that will invite questions and ultimately train students to think critically and analyse problems in all materials presented to them.

Thank you GlobalGiving for supporting our fundraising for education programs, enabling us, the teachers, to develop our students’ skills so they can finish their studies, and hopefully, these skills will to make a real contribution to their life by having the ability to think critically, logically, and to analyse problems. We still need funds urgently to enable us to continue teaching these dedicated students for many years to come.

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EBPP teachers have always committed to giving the best education for students in the most remote area of Eastern Bali where the best quality education is needed as well as to improve their living standard towards a better life. One of the principal goals that many teachers set for themselves is to be the best educator they can beand to ensure students understand not only concepts, but practices as well. One of the ways to attain their goals is to continually strive to develop improved teaching methods by sharing and brainstorming with their peers, to engage, motivate and inspire their students to broaden their knowledge – often by creatinggames and other fun learning activities as icebreakers.

In addition to academic subjects, our teachers also assist students in developing creative activities, such as for Independence Day, assisting them preparing for annual Celebration on August 17th, with a variety of stage performances including music, art, culture, dances, and a drama play.This year, the teachers also collaborated with a professional piano teacher from Jakarta, who introduced piano playing to the students and trained them to perform one of their songs, accompanied with piano, on Independence Day.

Some of our teachers are focussed fully on extra-curricular youth empowerment programmes we started in July 2015, sponsored by a USA-based NGO, EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, where the students are able to have dedicated computer skills training, among other topics, as well as hone their leadership and communication skills. These teachers are not only instructors but also as‘facilitators’ when they encourage the students to upgrade their critical and analytical thinking skills and finding the solution together for any problems they find during their learning process. The facilitators ensure that these character-building activities will help the students to be ready to deal with challenges in their life after graduating.

The EMpower modules are designed and developed to enable our students to have experience, interaction and comparison with other communities outside their surroundings, and recently, our EMpower team arranged for all high school students to join a field trip as part of their development. On June 28th 2019 they arranged a trip to Kopernik Foundation and ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art) Ubud. After the Kopernik team explained what they have done for last mile communities and simple technologies they used to reduce poverty, our students had a chance to present products they’d designed and made of bamboo in order to diminish the used of plastic. In ARMA, the students experienced extraordinary masterpiece of art from famous artists in Bali. What a great experience!

On the second week of August 2019, the EMpower teachers held Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with our students who were equal partners with teachers, experiencing taking part in a real discussion. All teachers and students sat together with commitment of the learning process so they will be able to create more comfortable and fun classes in the future. This activity also gives students confidence to express their feelings and ideas; for teachers, this activity was a reflection to improve our teaching methodology.

Many thanks to all donors through GlobalGiving's creative crowdfunding campaigns, providing funding that enables our teachers to keep doing our important job in educating our students and we try to keep on innovating and updating our teaching methodology to make students more enthusiastic in learning. 

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