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Fellowship helps young Indonesians make sustainable development innovations

Tri Indah Oktavianti

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, April 17, 2021  /  06:40 pm
Fellowship helps young Indonesians make sustainable development innovations

Illustration of sustainable development. (Shutterstock/PopTika)

Jakarta performing arts community Empu Sendok Arts Station (ESAS) is helping young Indonesians make innovations for sustainable development throughout the country.

Through a program called the Transformational Leadership Learning Lab, the community is seeking to address socioeconomic issues in the archipelago. The program was developed in collaboration with the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation.

The fellows came from a variety of regions, including East Nusa Tenggara and Central Sulawesi.

“We selected a group of young and vibrant changemakers from different disciplines,” ESAS cofounder and program facilitator Felia Salim said during the program’s virtual graduation ceremony last week.

The fellows worked on two prototype projects, namely the Kampung Papring Adventure Journal in East Java and the Waste Collection Point in Aceh.

UID Foundation senior learning facilitator Ben Chan said the fellows would showcase the two prototype projects before they were replicated in various regions of the country.

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The fellow in charge of the Kampung Papring Adventure Journal, Tita Djumaryo, said her project was intended to optimize culture-based sustainable development in rural communities across the country. She began working on the prototype with six other fellows in August 2019.

She noted that most kampungs in Indonesia did not have a proper integrated framework to ensure sustainable development in the community. She and her team were trying to optimize the cultural potential of those small villages.

“The journal will be a platform that provides guidance for [kampung residents] to explore ideas and exchange knowledge with outsiders coming to their locales. We aim for both parties to explore and learn more about each other, which will empower local residents,” Tita told The Jakarta Post.

Kampung Papring in Banyuwangi, East Java, was picked because of its proximity to a cultural center, Kampung Batara cultural school, which was founded by another ESAS fellow, Widie Nurmahmudy.

The Waste Collection Point project in Aceh was adapted from a waste management program in Japan that emphasized affordable waste management.

The program seeks to improve residents’ waste management without having to wait for local administration programs because the Waste Collection Point system is cheap and easy to replicate.