Promoting Adiwiyata-Green Schools and Empowering Low Income Communities for the Sustainable Future of Indonesia

Project Duration and Locations

The duration of the Project is from : 13 January 2014 – 31 December 2016
with the Project Locations as follows :

Project Description

This project funded by the Indonesian government through Indonesia Funds-In- Trust (IFIT), entitled “Promoting Adiwiyata- Green Schools and Empowering Low Income Communities for the Sustainable Future of Indonesia” has developed potential partnership for ESD and community development in Indonesia. The project aimed to leverage the resources and expertise of teacher and community education to build the capacity of teacher and community education institutions from Indonesia to deliver ESD and entrepreneurship to meet goals to work cooperatively to mitigate and adapt to climate change and achieve sustainable development within local context. The main outputs of the project include baseline survey to identify needs, training materials on ESD, capacity building and pilot project.

This project has contributed towards 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, fully dedicating to particular SDG 4 “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all”, SDG 11”sustainable cities and communities” and SDG 13 ”climate action”. The project has also contributed towards UNESCO 37/C5 Major Programme 1-Education with Main Line of Action (MLA) 2, which is, “empowering learners to be creative and responsible global citizens” and emphasizing on Expected Results (ER) No. 9, which is to contribute towards increasing capacities of Indonesia education stakeholders to integrate ESD into education and learning within local and community context and strengthening ESD in the international policy agenda.

Project Objectives

The fundamental objectives of the project are to support schools to integrate ESD into education and learning that lead to the attitude changes and actions, whilst mainstreaming ESD concepts and implementations to the urban communities (in Bahasa Indonesia known as kampung). In this regard, the project has two components implemented in parallel which both support the overall theme of promoting sustainable behaviors. The first component is targeting formal education through primary schools, and will aim to develop and pilot a whole-school approach to environmental/sustainable education (‘Adiwiyata-Green Schools Indonesia’, or ‘AGSI’) at five elementary schools in Mataram City, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province.
Adiwiyata Green School Indonesia (AGSI) is developed from the Adiwiyata Schools Project and Green Schools Action Project which integrate the Indonesian national curriculum. AGSI is established based on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Indonesian Government and UNESCO Office Jakarta in August 2014. The second component is targeting non-formal education via urban communities (kampung), and will aim to develop and pilot a programme to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of residents in two kampungs in Mataram City, Nusa Tenggara Barat Province (NTB). Each of these components share a ‘holistic’ approach to capacity building to achieve their end goals, e.g. the AGSI component will designing and deliver training to school administrators, principals and teachers, and the kampung capacity building programme will be divided and tailored to target local government, community leaders and the residents of the kampung themselves.

Project Timelines

The programme implementation was technically designed in four stages and under the broader ESD, entrepreneurship and community sustainable development, illustrated in the following

Project Results

Sustainability of the project will be through the individual and institutional capacity developed by the project. An AGSI and Sustainable Kampungs at national scale workshops has been carried out. Nomination of schools and community from all over Indonesia to be involved to attend project activities was through nominations by the NatCom, MoEC and education authority. These nominations have identified the individuals in their district who will be central in promoting and mainstreaming ESD in their schools and kampungs.
Henceforth these proposed sustainable strategies are brought forward for accelerating the project implementations in the futures:

  • Expand the use of AGSI/Sustainable Kampungs Guidelines and Training Materials for local schools, governments, and communities in remote areas. This is expected can create multiplier effects in as much these stakeholders have ownerships and equal responsibility to respond and provide interventions for their communities.
  • The next step would be the continuation and expansion of the training materials along with the Training Session. UNESCO Office Jakarta under collaboration with the NatCom, MoEC, and education authority insures sustainability by means working closely with the principals, teachers, and community members themselves. The materials and training are designed to be conducted with considerations of the current conditions of schools and community in Indonesia.
  • The project trained 100 key stakeholders from five elementary schools and 2 kampungs responsible for mainstreaming AGSI/ Sustainable Kampungs in their respective schools and kampungs by using the Training materials on ESD. This training provided participants with comprehensive and wide spectrum of knowledge on ESD and the pedagogical skills needed by teachers for teaching and learning of ESD in schools and also entrepreneurship skills required by community members for meanstreaming and practicing principles of sustainable community in kampungs. These participants have committed and motivation to integrate, mainstream, and practice principles of AGSI/Sustainable Kampungs on their daily life.
  • The government officials and authority also committed towards improving and supporting existing or creating new ESD initiatives in their areas. This indeed will contribute towards integrating ESD into education and learning and strengthening ESD from schools to community level. The students and community members who will benefit from this learning will grow into creative and global citizens, thus creating a virtuous cycle of quality education and sustainable development in Indonesia.
  • According to the project impact analysis, it is identified that recently there are initiatives to continue and expand the AGSI to other schools. In Banjarmasin, there are plans to use the AGSI concept and best practices form current 20 GSAP schools to develop 20 more AGSI schools. The education authority of Banjarmasin plans to initiate 10 school for 2016 and another 10 schools for 2017. Likewise, in Surabaya there are also a plan to develop 10 more AGSI schools and expand the project to other city, which is to Mojokerto.