Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00
Green School Festival Winner Promotes Eco-mapping
After winning the 2015 Indonesian Green School Festival, a vocational high school in Malang, East Java, has been advising other schools on how they too can join the Adiwiyata green school program and use eco-mapping to overcome environmental problems. Vocational High School (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/SMK) 6 of Malang is a successful pilot school for eco-mapping introduced by GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education. Staff and students from the school have been in high demand in recent months to share their knowledge and skills in environmental management, as well as best practices in implementing eco-mapping. In December 2015, SMK 6 Malang visited State Junior High School (Sekolah Menengah Pertama/SMPN) 23 Malang and State Elementary School (Sekolah Dasar Negeri/SDN) Tanjungrejo 2 Malang to promote Adiwiyata and eco-mapping. The visits included a seminar and workshop at each school, involving representatives from Adiwiyata, GIZ PAKLIM, Malang Environmental Agency and several other local schools. The objective of the visit to SDN Tanjungrejo 2 Malang was to enable the school community to initiate a green school movement by following the steps to become an Adiwiyata Independent School. At SMPN 23 Malang, the purpose was to improve teachers and students’ understanding of environmental issues and how to find solutions. The Adiwiyata seminar at SDN Tanjungrejo 2 Malang enabled participants to determine goals in environmental sustainability and develop an action plan to achieve them based on eco-mapping and the school’s condition. Participants learned that the green school movement is not merely the implementation of audits and action plans, but also an integration of environmental issues into the regular school curriculum. The next session covered environmental issues, such as greenhouse gases and global warming, explained by a GIZ PAKLIM representative. An extracurricular group from SMKN 6 Malang called Eco-Smart helped the teachers and students of SDN Tanjungrejo 2 to set up 20 biopori composting holes. At SMPN 23 Malang, a session on environmental issues was presented by a GIZ PAKLIM representative, giving participants a clear picture of global warming, climate change and the impact of human-influenced emissions of greenhouse gases. The eco-mapping process was also introduced, outlining the importance of teachers in extending environmental awareness among the entire school community. A teacher from SMKN 6 Malang and an Eco-Smart member shared their experiences in implementing eco-mapping. They also explained various emissions reduction actions already implemented, and highlighted the student-centered learning approach as a starting point to develop the green movement at schools by encouraging everyone in the school community to take action.