Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

Eco-mapping Showcased at Teachers Symposium

Jakarta, 24 November 2015 – A new generation of school students is being empowered to become environmental stewards. That was the message from PAKLIM WA3 at a national education symposium attended by President Joko Widodo, Education and Culture Minister Anies Baswedan, academics and education professionals.   The Teachers Symposium, hosted by the Ministry of Education and Culture, was held at Jakarta’s Senayan Stadium over 23-24 November to celebrate National Teachers Day, which falls on 25 November.   The symposium shared ideas and innovations in teaching techniques and delivery. GIZ PAKLIM WA3 operated a popular booth at the event to explain how its eco-mapping program raises the environmental awareness of students, teachers and the general public.   Teachers and school leaders learned that eco-mapping is a student-centered approach, where students can play an important role in preserving the environment around their schools. By focusing on ideas, innovations and action, students can become future leaders with high environmental and climate change awareness.   During the symposium, teachers were encouraged to present reports on learning innovations, which can then be circulated within schools and among teacher support groups. Teachers who write these beneficial articles can obtain extra credit points toward improving their career paths. All invited non-government organizations and aid agencies were welcome to showcase their activities to explain how their programs are impacting education in Indonesia.   GIZ PAKLIM WA3 invited two national senior high schools (SMAN) and representatives from the Malang Environment Agency (BLH) and the Environmental Studies Tourism Park (TWSL) in Probolinggo, East Java, to showcase the best practices of eco-mapping pilot projects.   One of the schools, SMAN 7 Malang City of East Java, proudly presented a video made by students, highlighting the results of its eco-mapping process, which had involved the entire school community. It showed that the journey to becoming a holistic green school is accomplished by not only focusing on “greening the school” but also on “greening the curricula”. SMAN 7 Malang provided details of its student-led awareness campaign and distributed a brochure outlining all of the school’s activities and achievements, including being named champion of the Green School Festival for two consecutive periods by the Malang Education Office and Radar Malang newspaper.   The other school, SMAN 6 Bekasi of West Java, shared its experiences in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through waste management, energy conservation, and routine emissions inventories conducted by students and teachers. Student explained how their environment group initiated a 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) competition for Bekasi’s junior high schools, with the winner to be involved in green school environment initiatives.   Geronimo, a student of SMAN 6 Bekasi, said the integration of environmental issues into the curriculum is changing the way students think about the environment. “It’s not only integrated into science classes but also into several other subjects, which gives us an understanding of how these issues can affect us as youths. We have also made a short video to help our juniors to understand the issues,” he told visitors to the booth of GIZ PAKLIM WA3.   Representative from BLH Malang and TWSL Probolinggo shared their experiences in helping schools to develop ideas, innovation and knowledge in practicing eco-mapping.   PAKLIM WA3 hopes that by highlighting the active roles of students, teachers and related counterparts, the public will see that a collaborative approach can encourage people to work together with a sense of urgency and responsibility to solve environmental problems, especially climate change.