By Merdekawati, EBPP English Teacher
On Thursday, June 8th, 2017 we welcomed the annual visit from Dyatmika School (from Sanur) to Pengalusan, EBPP school. There were twenty one students of primary level and four teachers. At 10.00 a.m., they arrived at Daya Bamboo Centre where Komang Kurniawan, EBPP team leader, gave a brief history about Ban Village and all EBPP programs since 1998.
After that, the Dyatmika crew headed to EBPP Pengalusan School on EBPP’s 4WD vehicle. Arriving from Cegi School, the Dyatmika group walked the 500 metres to Pengalusan. On the way, they enjoyed the view and fresh air which is different from the polluted city air where they live.
In Pengalusan, Ms. Wulan their teacher, divided Dyatmika students into nine groups and prepared the games and equipment they have brought. Then, students from Pengalusan joined with the groups and enjoyed different type of games related with counting. The students who won the game were given a praise from Dyatmika students. After thirty minutes, the game was over and continued with bamboo weaving.
This time, EBPP students showed their talents in weaving bamboo into products such as baskets and steamers. Even though they are very young, they are very talented in weaving. The students from Dyatmika enjoyed learning how to weaving although they found it difficult but they kept trying After they finished with weaving, they took the bamboo product home as the appreciation and thanks from EBPP Pengalusan students. At 1.00 p.m. back to Daya bamboo centre, enjoyed some lunch together and returned to Denpasar.
In this visit, as in previous annual visits since 2005, both of EBPP students and Dyatmika have learned something as they never have at school. At the end of the session, Dyatmika students given some donations to Komang Kurniawan to support EBPP students education programs. Again we would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the experience and donation given to us. We will never forget you and hopefully we will meet again next year.