International Program on Science Education held a Commuity Service at Karyamukti Village (Cililin, Kab. Bandung Barat)

Bandung, 5th September 2017 – IPSE Lecturers and Student Association held a project named Pengabdian pada Masyarakat (P2M) with the theme “Bersinergi Mewujudkan Desa Cinta Lingkungan dan Peduli Pendidikan” which focused on Environment. This year, the program was held in a small region in West Java called Cililin. P2M is an annual event held by the IPSE in order to apply the Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, those are education, research, and community service such as P2M.

According to the condition that we have observed, most of the local people in Cililin needed more awareness related to their environment. The environment should be green and clean since the population is actually not as dense as in the city. But in fact, the environment is not as what it should be. Because of that, we held P2M that focusing on the environment in order to realize the awareness in Karyamukti Village. Specifically, we also conducted the environmental awareness program in SMPN 3 Cililin.

P2M 2017 was held for four days beginning on Saturday, August 19th, 2017, until Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. In the first day, we held a ceremonial event such as opening ceremony to inaugurate the event by the Chief of the Event, Chief of Executive Board, as well as the officials. After that each members was grouped according to their home stay, they visited their homes to do “Ramah Tamah” with the family.

In the next day, we conducted a Handcrafting event located in the hall of Balai Desa Karyamukti. The purpose of Handcrafting activity is to reduce bottle plastic waste and teach kids to be able to recycle the existing waste around them. The participants came from various kids around the area. The kids here were separated through several groups with a mentor in each group. They made a piggy bank from used bottles and redecorate them with colorful papers and patterns. From this event, we chose three winners and gave them interesting gifts.

In lunch time, we provided them with Western food as a new experience for them. The Western food served was Spagethi Bolognise. Most of the kids were liking the foods since it was kind of new for them, and some of them are not really liking the food since the taste is a bit different from their regular food.

After eating together, the committees were conducting coaching for the teaching program on the third day. Coaching session was led by the Event Division. The program then followed by teaching students reading Qur’an in the mosque. The students here were varied in age and ability in reading Qur’an. Most of them have already able to read Iqro and Qur’an.

In the third day, the program was more focusing on School at SMPN 3 Cililin. The committees attended a weekly ceremony and followed by teaching in each class that has been organized. The materials given were English and Science. In Science, there were several experiments related to the materials given.

For the first grader, there was held an experiment in making ice cream. For the second grader, there was an experiment about sound by creating a telephone. For the third grader, there was static electricity experiment by using a balloon.
After that,  the first and the second grader joined an environment project while the third grader attended a motivation seminar by IPSE lecturers. The ernvironment project included decorating trash bins, vertical garden, doing a plantations, and cleaning the school toilet. From the environment project, the comittees chose the candidate of the winners that would be announced in the next day.

The main goals of decorating trash bins is being able to be creative and proud of their own masterpiece as well as building a good habit to throw the waste in a proper place. Besides that, the main purpose of holding a vertical garden and doing a plantations activities is making the environment around the school look more fresh and green. Addition, the plants were from IPSE lecturers that can also be a mean of studying and adding more botanical knowledge for both of the students and also the teachers.

In the fourth day, the committees held many competitions in school such as Ranking 1 and Relay Games. This event held in order to bond students’ togetherness and teamwork. After all the activities done, the committees announced all the winners of the competitions held.

Then the committee head to each home stay to give parcels and do a farewell with the family. Before coming back to UPI, we had a closing ceremony as well as inaugurating the ending of P2M 2017.

“With this event and all of the activities that have been done, we hope that local people and students from Karyamukti village and SMPN 3 (Cililin, Kab. Bandung Barat) increase their awareness and encourage each other to be more concern and safekeeping the environment around them because if they dont, who will?”, said Iga, the Chief of P2M.

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