According to the World Bank, as much as 2,01 Billion tons of waste product has been accumulated worldwide as of 2016. In Indonesia alone, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has estimated that Indonesia’s national production of waste products has reached 67,8 Million tons. With that being said, the community and each individual play a big role in ensuring waste management. Nevertheless, littering and incorrect waste management is still prevalent in Indonesia. From a ground survey conducted in the Cikini Ampiun community, the knowledge scores of respondents showed that 7/19 had a score of 0/6 and only 2 respondents had the highest score of 4/6. This year we held a community development CLEAN (Cikini Leans to Nature) on the topic of environmental sustainability and disaster management with a focus area of climate change and waste management.
The objectives of this activity are to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of 20 children between the ages of 6-12 from the Cikini Ampiun community on the topic of climate change and waste management through several activities such as education, focus group discussions, and challenges. Furthermore, CLEAN also aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of members of SCORP CIMSA UI on climate change and waste management through the execution of this activity.
The 1st intervention of CLEAN focuses on the topic of flood prevention through waste management which is done through conducting education for the children of the Cikini Ampiun Community. Before starting the main event, a pre-activity was conducted by a member of Green Welfare Indonesia. Then the main activity started with a pre-test to gauge the prior knowledge of the children and then they were taught about waste management through an interactive presentation.
Throughout the session the children were very attentive and interactive with many raising their hands to ask and answer questions. By the end of the day, the participants have gained new knowledge and awareness on the importance of waste management and proper disposal to discourage littering from an early age.
The 2nd intervention of CLEAN focuses on the topic of climate change and waste management through education and games with the children. The intervention started with an education about climate change and waste management presented by a representative from Green Welfare Indonesia. Between each education session, we also conducted some games to help keep the attention and excitement of the participants. We then ended the intervention with a post-test and a documentation session. In this intervention, the children continue to learn about the environment, specifically climate change and waste management. By the end of the day, the participants have gained new knowledge and awareness of climate change and how to properly manage waste.
As the event comes to a close, we finished the 2nd intervention by documenting the moment together. We hope that the education and knowledge shared today can make real impacts on the children participating and their wider community as they tackle waste in their local area.
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