031 / Kawisanyar Kebomas, Gresik, East Java
This Junior High School was built in a swampy area where people used to dispose their rubbish.
The current principal, Mr. Mudairin, came up with the idea of converting that rubbish dump space into a garden of fruit trees. In his community he has also introduced composting, rubbish collection and women empowerment programs.
The school tries to implement environmental education across all subjects and introduced a program called Environment and Entrepreneurship. This green spirit in the otherwise industrialized Gresik area is worthy of support.
The Eco-Education Center coordinator Mrs. Nurul Qisthi is an English teacher at the local Junior High School, Islam Manbaul Ulum Gresik. When she first started teaching, she did not have any interests in the environment or nature–until the school got elected to participate in Adiwiyata Program (the national environmental education program). Due to this program, she learned more about environment and became especially interested in organic gardening and hydroponics. She established a hydroponics system in the school and invited students to join. Now she has a passion for environmental science and tries to intercorporate it into as much as possible–even into her English classes.
This Eco-Education Center’s funding is made possible by Zelena pro Indonesii (Green for Indonesia) crowdfunding campaign at Hithit.com.
Thanks to implementing Eco-Activities regularly and showing her engagement in the Green Guru on-line group, Mrs.Nurul Qisthi was chosen to join the Green Educators Course in Bali, October 2017.