Status: Ongoing, since 2016
Many children living in North Sulawesi coastal areas do not receive sufficient education about the value of coastal marine ecosystem although their day-to-day activities are directly linked to the environment. One of the reasons is that most teachers do not have the knowledge and skills required to discuss coastal marine resources such as mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass with their students.
Manengkel Solidaritas as local NGO designed environmental education to answer these challenges, new concepts and development paradigms of community empowerment emphasis on "Bottom-up Planning" is essential. Coastal education namely “Skolah Sei Pante” designed at the end could increase the effectiveness and efficiency of protecting marine coastal resources. “Skolah Sei Pante” (or SSP) is the local term for teaching on the beach. Learning in the "Skolah Sei Pante" is divided into three levels: Messenger, Transformer, and Agent of change. Each level is a learning package that is equipped with modules that can guide students to shape an attitude offering them layered knowledge.
The activity concept of Skolah Sei Pante is focused on teaching; educating students by cultivating a sense of ownership, responsibility, self-knowledge, and understanding. Students will be awarded a symbol of rank at each level of learning. Students will also be rewarded with a badge when able to complete exercises. Messenger stage students will interact in the field with pre-prepared materials; games/competitions, movies, Icebreakers, success stories, activities, and rewards (signing services). Transformer stage students do more fieldwork and open-air learning with prepared learning methods such as Outdoor, Field Practice, and other games. As an Agent of Change, students will work independently, doing environmental activities with Outdoor Methods, Field Practice, and fulfilling environmental missions. Teachers provided to the students are volunteers like lecturers, students and participants of NGOs. The remaining teachers will be locals from school or the workshop. Monitoring the development of their children's learning, parents will be involved in their supervision. Parents will be able to monitor the involvement of the children; their development and supervision during the learning process.
Both monthly and bi-annually, an evaluation and success measurement will be made as an indicator of effectiveness. Every month, students will measure the rate of their material absorption. The 6-month evaluation will be done using a written form. The results of the evaluation will not be used as an appraisal of the student ratings but as an evaluation of the effectiveness of materials used.
The first level – The Messenger – introduces children to the coastal and marine ecosystems such as mangrove, corals and seagrass. This is the very basic level therefore teaching and learning activity are mostly in class or 60% indoor and 40% of the time outdoor. After finishing the first module children are able to become the messenger for coastal and environmental issues in their community.
The second level - The Transformer – is an intermediate level of the teaching, focused on extending knowledge of the coastal environment and waste management and provides children with a better understanding of climate change. After the second level is complete, children can take on the role of The Transformer and begin to lead others in the need to change coastal practices for sustainability.