EBPP Schools Celebrate Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day: Highlights

By Tri Budiyono, David Booth, and Andrea Telfer

Yesterday, on August 17th 2016 Ban Village and East Bali Poverty Project celebrated the 71st Indonesian Independence Day.

The day began with a flag ceremony at 8.00am. Peristiwa itu terjadi tidak dalam bidang persegi yang khas di mana mereka umumnya diadakan di seluruh Indonesia, melainkan di tempat tidur sungai kering karena kurangnya fasilitas di desa terpencil. Para peserta termasuk mahasiswa dari semua 6 EBPP schools, anggota dewan EBPP, staf EBPP, Ban kepala desa dan perwakilan dari departemen pendidikan Karangasem, local police and army representatives. Upacara bendera berlangsung dengan khidmat, bendera berjalan lancar, namun, upacara menjadi sangat animasi ketika menyanyikan lagu Nasional Indonesia.

We also had two special guests joining us: Volunteer photographer and videographer from Canada-based Photographers Without Borders were in action bright and early up until the closing ceremony at 3.30pm. During the next 2 weeks they will be documenting all of EBPP’s work to produce a series of stunning and distinctive images.

The morning was exciting and packed with action. Kids from elementary and junior school were in competition doing potato sack races, chess competitions, and 100m races. Jeritan tawa dan wajah dengan berseri-seri tersenyum memadati sungai kering. Itu adalah awal yang sempurna untuk hari bahwa setiap orang berharap untuk setiap tahun.

Pertunjukan berlangsung berikutnya yang termasuk pertunjukan musik, tarian Bali, dan memberdayakan sandiwara drama. siswa SMA kami unggul dalam pertunjukan drama mereka tahun ini dengan sketsa mereka dikembangkan dari modul utama memberdayakan Program kurikulum ekstra mereka dari Juli 2015 Juni 2016. Dimulai dengan drama pendek tapi sangat pintar berdasarkan modul keaksaraan komputer mereka, our Manikaji students in 7 minutes proudly ‘gave a class’ to 5 ‘neighbours’ who wanted to learn all computers and covered their 12 3-4 hours classes brilliantly. The message they were sending to the audience was that by EBPP teachers empowering them, they have a duty to share their new knowledge with other less fortunate people and become the “agents of change” they committed to be at the start of their EMpower programme.

Akhirnya, and with uncontrollable excitement, everyone rushed over to watch “Pangat Pinang”, acara Hari Kemerdekaan klasik Indonesia. Dua kutub didirikan di lapangan, satu untuk siswa dan satu lagi untuk seluruh masyarakat. Kelompok laki-laki berdiri di bawah tiang dan mencoba yang terbaik untuk mendaki mereka menggunakan satu sama lain sebagai loncatan bangku tapi meluncur ke bawah setiap kali sejak kutub yang lathered dalam mentega. Itu menghibur untuk semua orang, peserta dan penonton, dengan sorak-sorai dan tawa dan teriakan yang datang dari segala arah.

Indonesian Independence Day is special for every Indonesian but, for those in Desa Ban, this event represents something even more than their country’s independence. It gives them a chance to come together as a community and enjoy the time they have, and to evaluate how far they have come over the years.

“There was something different in my heart, my heart felt shaky and proud to see all this, to see a society who lives in a remote area and far from development, but they remain proud to sing Indonesia Raya (Great Indonesia) Lagu, with all their limitations. Setelah 71 years of independence, they are not yet completely free, they are not free from poverty, they are not free from their lack of education and health facilities. But they are on the right path to achieve that.” – Tri

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