21.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Sandwatch stakeholder workshop: Lessons-learned from Sandwatch project implementation in Aceh

©UNESCO/Devi SukmawatiA group of students presenting the results of the beach monitoring activities

Following the Sandwatch training held in Aceh on 8-9 March 2013, a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from other schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs, was held in Lhoknga, Aceh on 15 May 2013. The objective of this workshop, co-organized by KuALa and UNESCO Jakarta, was to present Sandwatch project implementation for the past five months in Aceh. Group presentations and discussions by the students were the two main activities during the workshop.

The one-day workshop on Sandwatch project implementation, which took place in SMAN 1 Lhoknga Aceh, was attended by around 80 participants. During the workshop, the students and KuALA members presented the results of Sandwatch project implementation for the past five months in Lhoknga coastal environment.

Coastal cleanup, marine ecosystem conservation and climate change were the topics presented by five groups of students of SMAN 1 and MTsN Lhoknga followed by active discussion sessions. Several samples of craft products made of recycle materials were also presented by the students during the workshop as follow-up activity on coastal cleanup around the beach. The coastal conservation program in Lhoknga, lessons-learned on Sandwatch activities, and project workplans were highlighted in the presentation delivered by KuALA. The workshop also benefited from the participation by a traditional fishermen leader (Panglima Laôt) who gave a presentation on local wisdom and the role of Panglima Laôt in managing marine conservation and fishery affair in coastal area in Aceh.

Positive feedback Sandwatch project was presented and discussed by stressing lessons-learned during the project implementation. It has been identified that the various activities conducted during the project have brought positive impacts to students and teachers from both schools.

By participating in Sandwatch project, the students acquired more knowledge on coastal ecosystem conservation, and at the same time they improved their communication skills particularly in public speaking during the workshop presentation. Sandwatch project also provides teachers with more teaching resources and class activities which can be implemented in multidisciplinary areas during teaching and learning process.  

Four major activities, such as tree re-plantation around coastal environment in Lhoknga, beach cleanup, turtle monitoring and craft making from recycled materials will be highlighted by KuALA as their next agenda in following up their workplan in Sandwatch implementation in Aceh.

If your school is interested to join Sandwatch or you need further information on Sandwatch pilot project in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, please contact Lisa Hiwasaki (l.hiwasaki@unesco.org).

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