Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

National Poster Competition Supports Green School Program

The posters served as environmental campaign created by Indonesian junior and senior high school for national poster competition. The posters served as environmental campaign created by Indonesian junior and senior high school for national poster competition.
Students from across Indonesia have exercised their creativity by participating in a competition to design posters showing solutions to environmental problems at their schools and local areas.   Organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the National Development Planning Agency, in cooperation with GIZ – PAKLIM WA3, the competition was part of a campaign to educate students about environmental issues and climate change.   The competition supported the Adiwiyata Green School program, as art is one of the most effective means of visual communication to influence the public and trigger change in human behavior.   There were categories for junior high school/Islamic junior high school (SMP/MTs) students and senior high school/vocational high school/Islamic senior school (SMA/SMK/MA) students.   Submissions illustrated the following themes: waste, water, energy, environmental management, renewable energy, biodiversity and sustainable consumption.   Each participating school first mapped out environmental issues in their local area, then generated solutions and set up an action plan. Next, they summarized the entire process artistically for communication to the public, as a means to support the green movement in schools.   By October 2015, at least 242 schools from 30 provinces had submitted the best posters made by their students. A total of 781 posters were received and went through a judging process, resulting in 12 winners.   There were two winners for the entries that received the most votes on social media, while there were five winners from the SMP/MTs category and five from the SMA/SMK/MA category. Winners received facilities to help their schools conduct environmental preservation activities.   Most entrants were from Java, followed by Sumatra, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua. The most popular issues chosen by participants were waste (33%), water (25%) and environmental management (21%). The other themes – biodiversity, renewable energy and sustainable consumption – each attracted fewer than 10% of entries.   The judging panel comprised the GIZ Country Director, representatives of the organizing ministries, environmentalists and artists.   The winners were announced on 14 December 2015 at the annual Adiwiyata (Green School) Awards. The five winning schools in the SMP/MT category were: SMPN 15, MTs Negeri 2 Kediri, SMPN 3 Denpasar, SMPN 1 Padang and MTs Pembangunan UIN Tangerang Selatan. In the SMA/SMK/MA category, the winners were SMAN 2 Kisaran, SMAN 8 Pekanbaru, SMAN 1 Bali, SMA Labschool East Jakarta and SMA Labschool UNTAD Palu. The two popular favorite winners were from SMAN 2 Kisaran and SMAN 4 Jayapura.