Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:00

Senior Students Lead the Way in Green Campaign

Bekasi, November 2015 – In a clear sign that today’s students are tomorrow’s environmental leaders, pupils from a senior high school in Bekasi, West Java, have initiated an environmental awareness campaign and competition for junior high schools. State Senior High School (Sekolah Menengah Atas Negeri, SMAN) 6 Bekasi, one of the eco-mapping pilot project schools selected by GIZ PAKLIM WA3, held a seminar for more than 400 junior high school students and organized a competition based on the 3R’s: reduce, re-use and recycle. The idea came solely from the students of SMAN 6 Bekasi to show the other schools and the public the importance of creative student-led activities on environmental issues. The seminar covered waste and other environmental issues, while the 3R’s competition involved students creating environmental campaign displays from used materials.  During the seminar, a team from GIZ PAKLIM WA3 raised the issues of common perspective and a new paradigm toward waste by promoting the concept of ‘The Happiest Place’. A red line drew out of the obvious answer: the happiest place is a place without waste. The event involved several fun activities, which provided an engaging learning environment for the junior high school students. Activities included a peer-to-peer discussion, the screening of an animated film on the impact of over-consumption on nature, and a fun quiz. The film prompted students to reflect on their resource consumption habits and to understand how to reduce unnecessary consumption. “We can bring our own lunchbox so we will not waste food packaging at the cafeteria,” commented one student. The students learned that they can take simple actions that will make a huge difference to overcoming environmental problems.