ACG School Jakarta’s student ecowarriors are working hard to improve the environment of the school – and beyond.
Eleven students, one from each class, lead the initiative, which began in 2017 to raise awareness among students of the importance of protecting the environment. They are coordinated in the Primary by Homeroom teacher Miriam Foster and in the Secondary by Biology teacher Qasam Wahid.
Last year, students participated in a number of eco-friendly activities. They gave up a Saturday morning to contribute to Clean Up Jakarta Day 2017; they built and maintained a school garden and implemented a timetable to water plants and monitor growth; and worked with school management to implement small changes in the canteen and washrooms.
“The initiative to reduce the amount of plastic wrapping used in the canteen was successful and led to less waste plastic being collected,” Mr Wahid said. “Students also discussed changing the supplier of the paper towels in the washrooms, which gave them an insight to the economic challenges of implementing eco-friendly changes.”
The programme has educational as well as environmental benefits. Mr Wahid used leaves and flowers from the student garden for scientific experiments in class, for example, from simple flower dissections to chromatography experiments with IB Diploma Programme students.
Right now, the ecowarriors’ focus is on Clean up Jakarta Day, an event devoted to cleaning up some of the 7,000 tonnes of rubbish produced each day in Jakarta. ACG School Jakarta is a platinum sponsor of the event.
Primary ecowarriors are endeavouring to ensure there is a large turnout of parents and students to the event on 15 September. Students held an assembly explaining the day’s significance, have put posters in every classroom, and collected pledges from students and teachers to turn up on the day.
Further projects include saving power around the school by raising awareness of the importance of switching off appliances; and working with Armadakemasan recycling company in Jakarta to reduce the school’s plastic and paper waste.
ACG School Jakarta Principal Shawn Hutchinson said protecting the environment was important to the school because it aligns with one of its core values – respect.
“We want our students to think about the world and work to take care of their community and environment. By developing children who care about the environment, we are helping the future of the planet for us all.”
Check out two of our ecowarriors showing us how to wash hands without wasting water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txn-Nw-h_94