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By Endah Fidiyawati

That afternoon was not so hot. Accompanied by the graceful dance of frangipani flowers, I stepped into Begawan Foundation Learning Centre, in Melinggih Kelod Village, Payangan.

My eyes were mesmerised by the behavior of the students. No sound or screams. Before entering the class, they undertook walking meditation and then they entered the class calmly.

Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful way to change the world.

This is also what is on the minds of Bradley Gardner and Debbie Gardner. Their efforts help provide a learning experience, develop students’ life skills, environmental responsiveness, entrepreneurial mindset, and love of learning. It all can be beneficial for the students’ lives, their families, and their environment in the future.

With the motto Learning by Doing, Begawan Foundation Learning Centre teaches 4 important pillars to children, namely Introspective, Active, Emotive, and Cognitive.

Introspective means self-awareness, self-reflection. Active means actively moving and learning, while Emotive is related to emotion. Cognitive is the process of thinking, including the acquisition, retention, retrieval, and use of knowledge. The aim is to encourage students to express their own ideas and opinions and to take an active role in dealing with local environmental issues.

On June 5, Eco Warriors – the name of Begawan Foundation Learning Centre students – attended an interior design workshop with Melati Danes Interior at Amandari Hotel & Resort.

They toured the library and exhibition hall while getting an explanation about interior design on how to combine culture such as Balinese cloth for a room. Then they were invited to design with the equipment that has been provided.

And as a result, the students enthusiastically followed. “I have an idea how to make a design!” shouted one of the children with a big smile.

Let’s help them achieve their dreams!

Menggapai Bintang di Langit – Anak-anak Begawan

Oleh Endah Fidiyawati

Siang yang tak begitu terik, diiringi oleh gemulai tarian bunga kamboja. Saya melangkahkan kaki mengunjungi Pusat Belajar Yayasan Begawan, di Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan.

Mata saya terpesona dengan sikap santun anak-anak. Tidak ada suara gaduh dan teriakan. Sebelum memasuki kelas mereka mengikuti meditasi berjalan dan masuk kelas dengan tenang dan teratur.

Nelson Mandela pernah mengatakan bahwa pendidikan adalah cara paling ampuh untuk mengubah dunia.

Hal ini juga yang ada di benak Bapak Bradley T. Gardner dan Ibu Debby Gardner. Bagaimana upaya mereka membantu memberikan pengalaman belajar, mengembangkan keterampilan hidup siswa, daya tanggap lingkungan, pola pikir kewirausahaan, dan kecintaan belajar supaya bisa bermanfaat bagi kehidupan mereka, keluarga mereka serta lingkungan mereka kelak.

Dengan motto ‘Leaning by Doing’, Pusat Belajar Yayasan Begawan mengajarkan empat pilar penting pada anak -anak yaitu: Instropektif, Kognitif, Emotif dan Aktif.

Instropektif berarti wawas diri, refleksi kedalam diri sendiri. Kognitif adalah proses berpikir, meliputi perolehan, penyimpanan, pengambilan dan penggunaan pengetahuan. Emotif yang berhubungan dengan emosi, serta aktif yang berarti giat bergerak atau bekerja. Tujuannya mendorong siswa untuk mengekspresikan ide dan pendapat mereka sendiri serta berperan aktif dalam menangani isu-isu lingkungan lokal.

Seperti 5 Juni kemarin, Pejuang Lingkungan – sebutan pejuang lingkungan untuk anak – anak. Mereka menghadiri workshop desain interior dari Melati Danes Interior di Hotel Amandari.

Mereka berkeliling perpustakaan dan ruang pameran sambil mendapatkan penjelasan tentang desain interior dan bagaimana memadukan budaya seperti kain bali untuk sebuah ruangan. Kemudian mereka diajak mendesign dengan peralatan yang telah disediakan.

Dan hasilnya anak – anak antusias mengikuti.“ Aku ada ide bagaimana membuat desain” teriak salah satu anak dengan senyum merekah.

Yuk turut bantu mereka meraih mimpi!

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