Inspiring Alumni - Green Educator Course October 2017
Debbie Indriati, originally from Central Kalimantan, is currently completing an internship at Pelangi School Ubud, Bali. Debbie loves to draw, and is also interested in education and environment after being inspired by her volunteer friend from Ransel Buku, a child-friendly library and learning center in Palangka Raya. She is a graduate of English Education from Palangka Raya University, and previously worked for her municipality office at Lebo Village, which focuses on community empowerment. Through that experience she wanted to propel her village through education. Through the Green Educator Course, Debbie learned about the learning methods that she will implement on Pelangi Education and Environmental Program. She found that the Compass Model and the Permaculture Design Principle are very interesting topics, specifically worm composting. The concept gave Debbie inspiration in planning the educational program at Pelangi School.
Monica Indriani Nurjayanti
Monica Indriani started her journey in education and environment when she decided to join an NGO two years ago as part of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and communication team. Monica joined Ransel Buku with the goal to increase the capacity of children in education at villages by the Rungan river. Through Ransel Buku, Monica finally has the chance to undergo an internship at Pelangi School Ubud for one year. Together with Pelangi School, Monica and her friend initiated a program called PEEP (Pelangi Education & Environmental Program) which is a program to provide children living in Banjar Kumbuh, as well as those who are still of school age, basic English lessons, environmental education, math, art, and other topics. Monica plans to apply the concept of KemBali, one of the social enterprises at Green School that is engaged in waste management by introducing the types of garbage to the children, how to sort the garbage into specific categories, and start to teach about elements of sustainability in the knowledge of waste to students.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was the book that inspired Wiwik and her husband to resign from the company where they worked for 12 years, and chose to realize their ideals in education by building a school based on nature called Sekolah Alam. Wiwik felt that the children around her house lack exposure to educational entertainment because too often the environment is dominated by Dangdut performances (folklore songs and dances). Armed with a collection of personal books, and bookshelves from an egg incubator, Wiwik founded the ALAM RIANG, a library that provided alternative literatures for children. Over time, Wiwik felt that the selection of books were no longer attracting the children. Wiwik then implemented a movement of ‘1 Book 1 Hope‘, where she succeeded at collecting over 300 books of different topics. Wiwik’s library also gain support from Green Book, an organisation that focuses on eco-literacy. Wiwik introduced the ‘Amal Sampah’ (Trash Charity) program, which goal is to change the consumptive lifestyle into a more productive one by teaching children to make cookies, managing trash, gardening, and inviting children to take care of the environment.
Munasyarotul Fadlilati comes from East Java, and was the one to establish Taman Baca Masyarakat Bintang Brilliant. A small library for school children that live around her house. Some activities of Taman Baca Bintang Briliant include learning together in peer groups, drawing and coloring competitions, poetry reading contests, speeches, book review, study tours to historic sites, and outdoor learning. Munasya is also a blogger (munasya.com) and one of the Green Guru (teacher) coached by Green-Books to promote and introduce environment-based education through literature. In her blog, Munasyah discussed the issue of waste management by building and managing Trash Bank in communities. With the knowledge she gained during the Green Educator Course, she hopes more people are inspired and become aware of environmental and sustainable education.
Nurul Qisthi is an English teacher at a private school, SMP Islam Manbaul Ulum, Gresik. It was not until three years ago, within her 12 years as an educator, she began to love and learn about environmental practice education. In addition to teaching, she began to cultivate a self-taught hydroponic way and invited her students to run the hydroponic garden together. Qisthi also incorporated environmental issues as a thematic in her English classes at school. Qisthi is a Green Guru ( an Eco Literation coordinator) under the guidance of Green Books and she is responsible for teaching and implementing eco-activity, so the students develop environmental awareness and love for the wildlife.
Leni started to volunteer when she was studying in the USA for one year. Rooting from her times as a volunteer, during her one year study in the United States, Leni returned to Indonesia with a mission to give back to her community. A few months after arriving in Indonesia, Leni moved to Bali to work part time and volunteered for several NGOs. In early 2014, Leni started to volunteer at Green-Books, who engage students in Eco-Literacy by providing nature-themed and environmental books for those who propose Eco-Library programs for their location. The program aims to raise children's awareness of nature and environment, so that they can love and protect nature. Leni was so inspired by the goal of the Eco-Library program, that in 2015 she decided to work as the Eco Library Project Coordinator.
Disrekia comes from Tembak Village, West Kalimantan, and has completed her English education in Yogyakarta. Disrekia wanted to help her community on being able to communicate with everyone about deforestation issues, and endangered wildlife due to environmental damages. After graduating from college, she returned home to teach in her village and joined several organizations such as Gunung Saran, Temawang Sanung, Caritas, and other small cooperatives, to facilitate and educate the community on eco-tourism programs, develop handicrafts for families as additional income, teach traditional dances to children, and conduct tree planting programs. She wants to continue to apply the concept of Green School and culture preservation in the school and the community later on, so that the tropical forests of Borneo and its cultural value will be well preserved.
Widia Lestari is part of the research team from the University of Melbourne for a renewable energy project. The project joins researchers from Monash University, Bandung Institute of Technology, and Paramadina University. The project that she is working on aims to build coalitions with renewable energy initiators in Indonesia, including the government, private parties, activists, and local communities. This collaboration is built as an effort to understand the future renewable energy systems and processes, that will become a reference for renewable energy implementation in Indonesia, especially in remote areas.
Putu Ayu Swarni (Arni)
Arni graduated in Chemistry and wrote about Green Chemistry as her final assignment. Green Chemistry can be applied to chemical equilibrium experiments for senior high school students, by using environmentally friendly materials such as tea, vinegar, betadine and detergent to replace the use of compounds, cyanides, HCL and NaOH. This research led to the desire to begin education for sustainability in national schools. Arni realizes that education for sustainability has not been accommodated in the national curriculum yet. The solution that comes to mind is to adapt the education for sustainability that Green School has started. Arni was inspired to come to Green School in the Green Educator Course program after seeing the Bye-Bye Plastic Bag activities on Instagram. Arni is originally from Karangasem, a district with the lowest income in Bali Province. She dreams to invite youth, especially high school students to learn more closely with nature through projects that can foster an environmental, social, and economic sustainability, as implemented at the Green School.
Petricia Andini Hutasoit
Petricia works at the Borneo Nature Foundation, located in Central Kalimantan, as an education staff. Pursuing her interests in the environment and education, she became a volunteer at a non-profit organization engaged in the environment and then did an internship at Pelangi School in Ubud, Bali. After completing her internship, she returned to Central Kalimantan packed with knowledge that she further used to develop her local education program. Together with her colleagues, they run the education program Anak Sabangau. She teaches children near Sabangau National Park about environmental education, healthy living, and cultural preservation by learning Dayak tribes dance. This activity is being delivered 3 days a week after school along the edge of Sabangau river harbour.She wants to incorporate the KemBali project by creating a waste management program where waste is divided into 6 categories, collaborating with local trash scavengers. She also wants to invite her students to create a permaculture garden and start the zero waste management.
Dr Dra Retno Kawuri, M.Phil, works in the Department of Biology at Udayana University, Bali, and currently serves as Head Laboratorian of Microbiology. Retno teaches Biology and Pharmacy for graduate and undergraduate students . One of her focus is soil microbiology and waste management. One of Retno's research focuses on Streptomyces, a bacteria that creates an antibiotic, which is used as biocontrol of pathogen in plants, shrimp and mosquito larvae of dengue fever. Furthermore, antibiotics that have been isolated are also being used to kill bacterial pathogen that cause lung and pneumonia.
Bayu Suci Kurnia
Bayu is a student in Communication Studies at UIN Suska Riau. Together with other fellow peers, she joined an education initiative, specifically in the rural areas of Riau, called UIN Suska Mengajar (UIN Suska Teaching). The journey provided a valuable learning experience for her. She realized that nature conservation is one of the important rules in the life of the Talang Mamak Tribe Community. By learning and living with the local community, she understood that she must be a part of environmental conservation. The Green Educator Course (GEC) is a path that leads to a greater vision, which is to engage in environmental sustainability, especially through education. Bayu is aware that environmental sustainability must start from the smallest things, from oneself, and from the closest people.
Ni Luh Arpiwi
Luh Arpiwi is a lecturer in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Udayana University. Arpiwi's scope of teaching focuses on the physiology of plants and other related botanical sciences. Her research is focusing on bioenergy, particularly biodiesel from non-food plant oil, jelantah (used cooking oil), and bioetanol from fruit waste, which is one of renewable energy, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable.
Modesta Wisa, originally from Saringkuyang, Landak, West Kalimantan, graduated from Environmental Health majors and returned to her village in 2012. In 2014, Modesta joined the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nasional (Alliance of Indigenous People ) and met many who felt that their villages were changing, including her own. At her village, Modesta is actively involved in the art club that she has attended since her childhood. There was concern regarding the majority of young people who do not use the traditional languages, parents who are not teaching their children their local languages, vanishing traditional games and rituals. Which is why in 2016, Modesta and four of her friends set up Sekolah Adat (Indigineous School) to preserve their culture.
Fitri, originally from Simelue, Aceh, has a strong motivation to bring change in the village where she lives. Fitri feels that the younger generation in her village will play an important role in bringing about better environmental change. Fitri's experience as a Qu’ran teacher, has led her to teach the younger generation about environmental issues and how they can contribute to solve environmental problems in their village.
I Putu Joni Wira Sugiartha
Putu Joni quit his job in tourism and was trying to find new opportunities in his life. His love for environment began when he picked up his friends’ kids who go to Green School. He then enrolled himself to the Green School internship program for six months and became the assistant physical education facilitator. The opportunity to participate in the Green Educator Course gave him inspiration and knowledge, and he plans to bring change to the communities in which he lives.
I Made Yudiana