Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Training of Trainers on Eco-mapping in Probolinggo

GIZ PAKLIM WA3 has conducted eco-mapping at five schools in the East Java city of Probolinggo in association with the local Environmental Agency (Badan Lingkungan Hidup, BLH) and the Environmental Studies Tourism Park (Taman Wisata and Studi Lingkungan, TWSL).   The activity commenced on September 15th to 17th 2015 with awareness-raising, followed by environmental audits of the schools, which comprised two national senior high schools (Sekolah Menengah Atas Negeri, SMAN) and three national junior high schools (Sekolah Menengah Pertama Negeri, SMPN). The five schools are SMAN 2, SMAN 4, SMPN 4, SMPN 7 and SMPN 10.  Teachers were familiarized with the entire eco-mapping process and identified environmental issues based on thematic areas such as water, waste/litter and energy. The training was led by two experienced facilitators from earlier GIZ PAKLIM WA3 pilot schools, Mrs Dwi Iriani of SMAN 7 Malang and Mrs Luci Christiyanti of SMAN 6 Bekasi.    During three days of training, the participants learned to share best practices for using leadership and school culture to shift the paradigm of environment and climate change education. The participants and facilitators also made school action plans, based on each school’s environmental audit conducted prior to the training.    The training is not the end of the eco-mapping process. Instead, it is just the beginning, as teachers from various subject backgrounds are now speaking the same ‘language’ on the environment and climate change. It is expected that materials from this training will be incorporated into the education system; not only in the curriculum but also in school plans.    The action plans developed by the schools generally involved:   a)      1. Reducing resource consumption through the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle; and through waste management (galonisasi); b)     2.  Improving energy management, for example, through energy saving measures and maintenance of cables; c)     3. Making an inventory of emissions; d)     4. Awareness-raising campaigns, such as greening school grounds through tree-planting, developing vegetable gardens and anti-litter campaigns. 5. For most of the schools, the greening of their grounds was the entry point for environmental action and learning, as well as curriculum links to integrate the issues.  GIZ PAKLIM WA3 and TWSL Kota Probolinggo will continue to support the five selected schools by providing technical expertise on eco-mapping. This support is expected to help the schools in updating and improving their teaching of environment and climate issues. Teachers were enthused by the training. Mr Budi, a teacher at SMAN 2 Probolinggo, said teachers learned that they and their students can be agents of change. “I came to realize that to start a movement is not merely the task of the school principal, but it also lies with me, as a teacher, and even with the students,” he said.