Global Issues Network (GIN) Kalimantan
16 – 18 September 2016
Taking Global Education to the Heart of the Matter
Last year, Borneo Nature Foundation and Bina Cita Utama (BCU) School hosted the first ever Global Issues Network (GIN) youth conference in Kalimantan. This international conference welcomed 115 students from Central Kalimantan with 100 young people from Jakarta, Bali, Korea, Singapore and Australia. More than 300 people came together at the BCU School in Palangka Raya for the three-day conference.
The GIN Kalimantan 2016 conference introduced children, aged from 12 to 17 years old, to exciting and inspiring young presenters from Kalimantan and other regions of Indonesia. It is the intention of this conference that in spreading knowledge and sharing experiences, it inspires the students to move towards practical solutions for issues that they care about. Topics discussed included recycling, human rights, sustainable development, marine protection, wildlife conservation and food security.
The conference consisted of a mixture of workshops, field trips, Dayak cultural experiences and evening celebrations. We were honoured to have the conference officially opened by the Mayor of Palangka Raya, H.M. Riban Satia. Special guests were the lead singer of Indonesian music band Navicula, Robi Supriyanto who was recently voted ‘Asia 2016 Youth Leader’ by Asia 21 and TV chef, Rahung Nasution. Many Palangka Raya based organisations shared their knowledge and expertise in the interactive workshops, including Borneo Nature Foundation, Borneo Productions International, Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan, Ranu Welum, EarthHour Palangka Raya and Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The conference also welcomed NGOs from outside the city, with Mongabay Indonesia, Indonesia Nature Film Society, Bye Bye Plastic Bags and Wildlife Asia who joined conference activities.
GIN Kalimantan also provided a stage to launch an exciting new nature photo exhibition I am the Forest, which exhibits the beautiful, unique flora and fauna of Kalimantan. The works of internationally recognised professional photographers from Indonesia and abroad, as well as photographs taken by talented local photographers from Palangka Raya and other parts of Kalimantan are showcased. The photo exhibition is a reminder that we can all have a personal connection with the forest.
Our hope is that students will return to their schools with a commitment to take action, and use the knowledge and skills they gained during the conference. At the very least to #StartWithOneThing.
For full information about GIN Kalimantan 2016, please visit the conference website here
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