Since 2006 the Indonesian Ministries of Environment and Education are working jointly to promote environmental education, within the framework of a program for Education for Sustainable Development. The Adiwiyata School Program aims to encourage schools to adopt behaviors that are respectful towards the environment.
The member schools of the program, which are selected by the Ministry of Environment, receive financial support from local actors such as local authorities, NGOs and other organizations working in the field of education. The school community takes part in the creation of the program from start to finish, from its development through to its application and onto its evaluation.
This program aims to create a caring school environment. As such, it supports the development of policies in the field of learning, capacity building, environmental protection, creation of a healthy and clean school environment and the use of funds for activities related to solving environmental problems.
The government has recently reaffirmed their commitment towards environmental education. This commitment is the legitimate basis of the program. Currently the program awarded 463 schools with the National Adiwiyata Certificate.
Main educational actions:
- Development of a participatory policy for the integration of Education for Sustainable Development into school curriculum
- Creation of a cross-subject learning model based on the environment, which raises awareness amongst students about environmental challenges and enables them to identify these challenges
- Development of environmental and extracurricular activities that promote commitment towards environmental protection
- Monitoring of external events affecting the environment
- Development of renewable energy at school
- Development of a waste management system
- Use of good quality, healthy food