Begawan Foundation Eco-Warriors
In addition to the school short course we introduced the Bali Starling Ambassadors Fun Club in 2016 – an after-school programme on a Friday for the students that we met in schools in Sibang on a formal basis. This informal gathering grew in such numbers that we set up a similar programme on a Saturday afternoon. Students, with parental consent, attend after school on one of these two days, to participate in game based activities to learn more about birds and conservation, and to practice their English skills.
The new Learning Centre in Melinggih Kelod village which runs a variety of after-school programs from Monday to Friday, opened in July 2017 in a small building we called Klub Lingkungan (Community Club), next to our office. Our Bali Starling Eco-Warriors programme continued to grow as we welcomed more new ambassadors. We are incorporating more basic science knowledge into our programme as we have discovered it is lacking in their current school curriculum. Our ambassadors have enjoyed performing experiments with different liquids to learn more about density and buoyancy. One aspect we wish to expand with ambassadors, is to build their confidence during science experiments. We have found many do not wish to make predictions, for fear of their answer being wrong. We actively encourage students to be proud of their predictions, and then we test them out! That is the fun part! Science is all about theories and predictions and even great scientists’ discoveries were made by “Learning by Doing” just like our eco-warriors.
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our education team has run the ‘Eco Warriors at Home’ program. Students are provided with lessons and activities that they can do at home, including science experiments, growing crops in their own gardens, working with the members of their family compound, maths, English and reflection activities. Where possible students participate in an online program – but this is one area where rural students are lacking in both the access and the materials needed for this to be a success. The staff also keep in touch through a Whatsapp group - not only with students, but also with parents to make it easier to share information and updates.
This has been a time, however, when the education team themselves can look at the programs and update the curriculum, thus we are working together with an international educational company that focuses on the enhancement and creation of meaningful curriculum. Zaprendo, based in New Zealand and UK, incorporates intellectual, emotional, physical and intrapersonal skills into its educational offerings, to create well rounded educational experiences.
Our education team will take this opportunity to evaluate its own goals, to build on the way in which we focus on the students who attend our Begawan Foundation Learning Centre in the afternoons.
The contribution of parents to our home activities during these difficult months has been very welcome, and is essential if the family is to assist in the development of their children’s educational attainment and future employment.
Indonesia ranks 67 out of 82 on the Global Social Mobility Report Index 2020, with upward social mobility being the ability for people to see their circumstances becoming better than those of their parents within their own lifetimes.
To this end, we have rewritten our objectives, not only for the students and their parents, but for our own team, who will ensure that what we espouse is what we practice. Accountability is not only for students!
A curriculum of thematic lessons, which look at introspective, active, emotive and cognitive activities is being developed alongside Zaprendo.
With this curriculum in place, Begawan Foundation Learning Centre will:
At all times, we will ensure also that the following values are adhered to:
As we progress through 2020, and students are able to return to the Learning Centre, we will record how they and their parents react and participate in our new curriculum.