By: I Komang Kurniawan, Chairman & EBPP Team Leader
“Let’s implement our compulsory education. The young generation are the hope of our Nation”. These are some of the lyrics from the National song, “Compulsory Education”, which was sung beautifully by all children from EBPP’s 6 schools to signify that the celebration of Indonesian National Education Day had begun.
May 2nd was chosen as Indonesia’s National Education Day in commemoration of the birthday of Ki Hajar Dewantoro, a visionary figure who was both an educator and a fervent patriot fighting for independence. He was the founder in 1922 of the “Taman Siswa”, Indonesia’s first national educational institute. It was an education structure that would liberate the country from the discriminatory Dutch school system and give students the freedom and opportunities to realise, explore and develop their own abilities, talents and ambitions.
Celebrations of Indonesian National Educational Day this year seemed more special than last year due to the motivational speech from EBPP Founder, David J Booth, who stressed the importance of each child being motivated and closed by saying, “Through education, our young generation can get out of poverty and have a better future.”
Thunderous cheers were given by the children and spectators when the master of ceremony announced the Puspanjali dance as the opening of the 2016 celebrations. The next activity – and always the most lively – was the General knowledge quiz between EBPP Schools. Each participant demonstrated the ability in answering every question thrown by the jury.
Before the stage show began, there was painting competition by elementary, junior and senior high school children, mentored by I Wayan Lias, the former EBPP Cegi School pupil who graduated in 2011. After completing a 4 year Fine Arts degree at Ganesha University in Singaraja, returned to join EBPP team as our creative arts teacher.. The event became livelier when the students performed their passionate songs. The audience was more crowded until they unknowingly drifted into their very own music festival which was very rarely seen by them. The songs performed were Bunda (Mother) by EBPP Bunga school children, Hitam Putih (Black White) by EBPP Pengalusan school children, Take Me To Your Heart by EBPP Cegi school children, Nuansa Pagi (Morning Nuance) by EBPP Manikaji school children, Tanam Saja (Just Plant It) by EBPP Jatituhu school children, Thank You by Sudini from EBPP Pengalusan school and Bajang Cabe-cabean (single teenagers) by EBPP Darmaji school children.
Until the end of the show, the time was 13:00, they realized when the MC announced that the show had finished and closed with a dance performance by EBPP Bunga School children; then proceeding with the awarding of the trophies to the winners of the schools general knowledge quizzes. In this competition, first prize for Elementary school level was Pengalusan school, followed by Cegi and Bunga in second and third places. Darmaji school got first prize for Junior High school level, followed by Bunga and Manikaji in second and third place.
Pengalusan school got first prize for Senior High school level, followed by Darmaji and Cegi in second and third placed. After a few songs, the celebration was closed by singing the other important National song, The Guru Hymn (song of Praise for teachers) by all participants of the ceremony who stood in the quite simple but open place, Pengalusan hamlet bale banjar (community meeting hall) in East Bali. We hope that through these celebrations, we can grow a cultured generation with Pancasila (the five national principles defined by Indonesia’s founding fathers in 1945) character as the national principle.