Environmental education in Borneo

For the long term protection of the tropical rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra, and a safe future for the orangutans, education of the local population on environmental issues is a vital requirement.

Since 2008 we have been supporting the Indonesian organization Yayorin, in Pangkalan Bun (Central Kalimantan Province, Borneo). Yayorin is managing a ‘Kampung Konservasi’ (Conservation Village), providing environmental education for kindergarden and school children as well as for farmers and people with smaller gardens. A library bus reaches over thirty schools and provides education to over 1,000 pupils per year.

A garden for environmental education in Indonesia.
A group of young Indonesian children sitting on a wooden floor and listen intently to their environmental teacher.
Young Indonesian children enjoying their visit to the Environmental Education Center in Pangkalan Bun/Indonesia

In addition, smaller learning centers in different villages are being established. In 2010 our organisation adopted the Sungai Terantang Learning Center which has been very successful in educating the village’s inhabitants, especially its children.

In 2016, the center was handed over to the village of Sungai Terantang for independent continuation.

Village center for environmental education.
Children sitting on the floor learning.
Children sitting on the floor in a learning center. They look into the camera.
Two Indonesian children holding education materials look into the camera.

In 2012 our organisation adopted a second learning center. Situated in the village of Nanga Matu in the Belantikan region of North Central Kalimantan, it is surrounded by primary rainforest hosting one of the world’s largest wild orangutan populations. But the palm oil plantations are getting closer …

For more information on Yayorin’s activities you can watch this video (YouTube).

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