door Ni Wayan Suratniati, EBPP Teacher 11th April 2014Mijn naam is Ni Wayan Suratniati en ik ben geboren in Ban Village op 30 oktober 1984. Ik woonde in een arm gezin als mijn ouders zijn seizoensgebonden boeren, which earns less income. De winst alleen gevoed ons en gaf ons elementaire elke dag behoeften. Ik ben de eerste kind in mijn familie, en ik heb twee zussen. Mijn ouders konden ondersteunen alleen de drie van ons tot de lagere school. Nadat ik afgestudeerd aan de klas 3 in Basisschool, Ik wilde niet doorgaan met mijn opleiding, omdat mijn ouders het geld niet over. Mijn ambities om leraar te worden gegaan.
In 1999, Dit alles veranderde toen ik had het geluk om een beurs te ontvangen van David J Booth MBE, Oprichter van Yayasan Ekoturin (de Oost-Bali Poverty Project) die mij geholpen om mijn studie voort te zetten. Dit liet me om naar de middelbare school voor 3 jaar. In 2002 ik ben geslaagd, and following this I went to SMK (specialist senior high school) PGRI 1 in Singaraja, to learn specialist skills in economic management. I was really keen to learn about management, and this once again inspired me to become a teacher.
When I graduated in 2005, David asked if I would come back to the village to teach children in the education programmes for EBPP. Of course I agreed. I was looking forward to applying what I had learned in management, to the school classroom.
After two years of working as a teacher in the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP), in 2007 David found a sponsor for me which allowed me to go to UNDIKSA (Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha) specialist school in Singaraja to learn more about how to be a Primary school teacher. I studied at the University for two and a half years and there I learned many skills and strategies for primary school teaching.
In 2009 I graduated from University and I returned to EBPP as a teacher, and continue to be a teacher even today. In the mornings I teach the children in KPB (junior high school), and in the afternoon I teach the children in KPA (primary school), both schools established by the EBPP.
I teach Economics and PPKN (Foundations of Indonesian Philosophy and Civic Education) lessons in junior high school and Economics and Sociology for KPC (senior high school) students in all education programmes across all EBPP schools.
In addition to teaching the children in the classroom, I also monitor the children in KPA, KPB and KPC for the EBPP’s school cleaning and environmental program.
I am so thankful to all the people who have come into my life to help me achieve my goal of becoming a teacher. Dankjewel, David. You have done so much to help me throughout my life and to you I am so grateful. I am so happy to be able to share my knowledge with the children in Ban to help us all have a bright and sustainable future.
I wish EBPP continued success in delivering programmes to help the communities in need, in Ban Village.