04.04.2015 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Omani delegation visit Indonesia to learn from Green School and Biodiversity Initiative


A delegation of nine officials from the Ministry of Education of the Sultanate of Oman conducted a five-day study visit to Indonesia to learn about the implementation of the Green School and Biodiversity Initiative in the country, from 23-27 March 2015. The mission was organized by UNESCO Doha Office, UNESCO HQ, UNESCO Jakarta Office as well as the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO.

The main purpose of the study visit was to provide the officials from the Ministry of Education of Oman with first-hand opportunity to witness and observe the well-established Green Schools model in Indonesia and share experiences with relevant counterparts to envision modalities and strategies to launch a pilot Green School and Biodiversity Initiative in Oman.  

The Delegation consisted of science teachers from three schools in Oman which were selected to pilot the Initiative in addition to a representative from Oman National Commission to UNESCO and a representative from Sultan Qaboos University.

During their visit, delegation members were able to visit several schools across the country involved in the Green School and Biodiversity Initiative including SDN Benhil 12, SDN Sungai Bambu, SMP Lab school Rawamangun, SMK Wikrama in Bogor and SMPN 7, SMPN 33 in Bandung. 

Presentations on school activities and success story on recycling (organic and inorganic), entrepreneurship, biodiversity, school garden, school nursery, water filtration,   eco-friendly school, school farm, education for Sustainable Development and self-environment empowerment approach and biodiversity practices were shared and followed by rich discussions.

The delegation also met with government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Indonesia National Commission to UNESCO, the Ministry of Environment.  

At the Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta, the delegation was welcomed by the Secretary General of Indonesia National Commission to UNESCO who provided an overview of the education system in Indonesia and the uniqueness of it cultural mosaic followed by a presentation by the National Coordinator for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), who provided an overview of the Indonesian model of Green School (Adwiyata) and a presentation on Enviroment Education by the Ministry of Environment. 

Dr. Mee Yong Choi, Head of Educational Unit at UNESCO Office Jakarta shared successful stories of Banjarmasin Green School Asia Model highlighting UNESCO's expertise in sustainability. 

On the last day of the visit, the ambassador of Oman His Excellency Mr. Nazar Al-Said received the delegation at the Embassy of Oman. His Excellency was very pleased to see that Oman would benefit from the Adwiyata/Green School model in Indonesia and expressed interested in the adoption of the green school model in Oman. 


Photos of the study visit can be seen by clicking on this link

For further information, please contact Dr. Anwar Alsaid at UNESCO Doha Office a.alsaid(at)unesco.org

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