126 / Sukolilo Timur, Bangkalan, East Java
Indonesian language teacher and librarian of SMP 2 Labang (public middle school), Mohammad Kurdi, is very passionate to improve the literate interest rate of the children in Sukolilo Timur Viilage, Labang District, Bangkalan Regency, East Java Province.
Located in a very rural area, the middle school is not popular amongst the villagers. There are only about 60-70 new students per year, make it total about 300 students registered currently. However Kurdi would like to make those children future good leaders.
The village is surrounded by forest, but the area is relatively dry because the ground composition is dominated by clay and limestone. People make money by creating bricks out of the clay, but in the other hand they suffer from the dry condition. People tried to drill some wells to find fresh water resource, but no result. The circumstance forces them to buy fresh water daily from a nearest town’s water company. It also creates the discomfortness in the learning process. Most of the time the students and teachers have to go back to their house in the middle of the working hours because the school’s toilet doesn’t have water.
The soil in the school’s area doesn’t really support vegetations to grow. Vegetation with small roots could grow easily, but the ones with big and deep roots could only grow without producing fruit. However Kurdi keeps on encouraging the student to plant and to make the school area greener.
He puts a big hope in eco-education program. He is sure that Eco-Education Center will facilitate the children to access information about nature and environment, and in the end they will be inspired to to take care of the environment.