by Tintin Kartini, Jayagiri Center (Indonesia), winner of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development 2015
"Among the effects of winning the UNESCO-Japan Prize is recognition of Jayagiri’s works by colleagues both at the national and international level. Moreover, some of them are interested in looking more closely at what we are doing at the community level in practising ESD. For example, the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) visited us on 27 March 2017.
NFUAJ is a non-government organization founded in 1948 in order to promote UNESCO activities in Japan and until now it has more than 250 associations as members. Since, 2011, the NFUAJ has been organizing the “ESD International Exchange Program” for Japanese ASPnet Senior High School Students. In 2017 the NFUAJ organized an essay contest themed “ESD” and selected 12 of 101 applicants as the winners. NFUAJ then sent the winners on a study tour to Indonesia, including to Jayagiri Center.
The visit to Jayagiri Center aimed to develop mutual undestanding among Japanese high school students and our learners and to deepen understanding of ESD practices. Beside the 12 winners of the essay contest, the delegation consisted of NFUAJ staff, a teacher and staff of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. The delegation visted our office and also one of the laboratorium sites, Geger Sunten Comunity Learning Center (CLC). In the office, they were welcomed by our director and some staff members. Jayagiri’s director, Mr Muhammad Hasbi, informed about the framework of Jayagiri Center’s work as a center for development programs of nonformal and informal education (NFIE), one of which is the NFIE-ESD integrated program. Afterwards, we gave them an office tour including visiting our Parenting Class.
After visiting the office, the delegation went to visit Geger Sunten CLC. As the aim is to develop mutual understanding among the students, representatives from both side informed the audiences about their own school activities related to ESD. Besides, the Japanese students also explained their experience in participating in the essay contest as well as what had they written in the essays. The session then was continued with dialogue among students regarding with the daily activities, their schools and their hopes for the future.
At the end of the visit, both sides gave cultural performances. Students from Japan gave a performance of Karate, traditional Japanese Dance, Origami, and other traditional games. Our students showed Jaipongan and Rampak Kendang - both are Sundanese traditional performances. When Jaipongan and Rampak Kendang were performed, some Japanese students joined the dance. In this session, it seemed that both sides enjoyed the moment and communicated in a friendly athmospher. We hope that this kind of events continue in the future!"