School at Asmat Teaches Students Care for the Environment


His name is YPPK Primary School Salib Suci. It is located on Jl. RA. Kartini, Asmat District, Papua. Elementary school under the Yayasan Pendidikan Catholic is
has a pretty wide schoolyard made of iron wooden boards with wooden wooden pillars as well. Plang name YPPK Elementary School of the Salib Suci, standing crowing on mud land. Around it grows pit and milk trees.
Interestingly, all classes have flower pots with red taro plants. Various ornamental plants also surround this school. This elementary school is one of the model of environment-based schools in Asmat.
Every Friday, students and teachers have an agenda to clean up the entire classroom and school environment. Some collect bottles, or collect plastic. Trash is collected and then burned. They keep the piles of garbage burned.
There is also a rule prohibiting students littering. When violated, they get sanction picked up garbage. Students are also required to plant pit or mangrove trees around the school.
"We all have to plant and care for plants, for example, orchids and other plants," said Mario Muyak, a Class VI student.
Fransik Fatubun, Principal of YPPK Salib Suci School of Agus diocese, hopes this school will be a model of environmental education from the past until now.
For him, the awake environment is the determining factor for health, spiritual and physical all, both students and teachers and even parents.
This school was established since 1957, and has spawned many graduates. In fact, some teachers are alumni.
Fatubun said, students are taught to love the environment in school. He said, building awareness of students love the environment early on is important.


Embedded environmental sensitivity values ​​have long been strengthened by the selection of this elementary school into one of the environmental school models. This program was initiated by WWF Indonesia Asmat Office in cooperation with the Office of Education, Youth and Sports Asmat.
In the school curriculum this environmental model, there is a matter of sustainable development with teaching materials in class III and IV in all elementary and junior high school.
Jacson Umbora, WWF Indonesia Asmat Office said there were 12 pilot schools in Asmat. He said, this program module has been implemented by the Asmat Education Office.
WWF is eyeing this activity, he said, because Asmat is famous for having the largest mangrove forest in Papua. Asmat residents live on the edge of the river with the dominant livelihood of catching fish.
That way, he said, the impact of development must be great on mangroves. Understanding the environment at any age is important.
Yuli Razid, Head of Environment Agency of Asmat invites all Asmat people not to litter. Schools, he said, could be a place where basic education is environmentally conscious.
WWF and Environment Agency also always socialize the importance of planting forest either in Kindergarten up to SMA.
"In fact, all the offices and offices must have awareness to throw garbage and plant trees in the yard. There is no funds from the local government but there should be special attention, "said Razid.
Linus Dumatubun, SKP Director of the Diocese of Agats is concerned about the environmental conditions in Asmat District, from many to the cutting forest. He welcomed, elementary school already learning environment. The Education Office, he said, should have a green school design.
Donatus Tamot, Head of Education and Sport Office Asmat said the establishment of environment-based schools is necessary. In the future, he said, from kindergarten through high school will start implementing environmental school system.


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