143 / Mekar Jaya, Muaro Jambi Regency, Jambi (Batch 1)
Ms. Desmi Yurita and Ms. Nurhasanah are teachers in class IV A and IV B respectively, at the elementary school SDN 121/IX located in the village of Mekar Jaya, on the outskirts of the city of Jambi. The population in Mekar Jaya is dense, with many households of middle to lower economic status. The school has 13 classrooms that are shared among 18 study groups, resulting in a shortage of some classrooms. Therefore, some classes learn together in one classroom. The school also features a small yard for ceremonies and sports activities.
Ms. Desmi Yurita and Ms. Nurhasanah applied for the Zero Waste School Program (Sekolah Nol Sampah) because they felt the need to introduce a proper waste management program due to the excessive amount of waste in the school environment. Many students bring snacks and food that are packaged in single-use plastic, resulting in overflowing trash bins after break time. They wanted to educate students on how to reduce waste.
After completing all stages of the Zero Waste School Program, Ms. Desmi Yurita stated that her students have a better understanding of the importance of protecting the environment and reducing waste. Apparently, they have also inspired other students in the school. Ms. Nurhasanah added, “The most significant benefit is the reduced volume of waste in our school because children, especially in our class, bring their own lunch boxes and refillable water bottles.”
This project has been possible thanks to the kind support of Love Bali Tees within the Green Community Partnership.