Pilot project “a forgotten island, West Papua”

More than 2 months ago, the students from the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Arnhem (Netherlands, Europe) started the project “a forgotten island, West Papua”.

The project consists of a series of lessons that increases knowledge about West Papua and Papua by means of information and interactive teaching material. The lessons were conducted during the geography lessons. In principle, multiple courses can participate such as economics, history, social studies and biology.

The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge about West Papua and Papua of the students.

For example, they are also confronted with the influence of consumer behavior on developing countries in general, and in particular on West Papua and Papua. This island is still relatively unknown among young people, they are the people who are responsible in the future for the preservation of culture, the environment and heritage in the world. By raising awareness through information and interactive educational material, pupils may be able to form their own image. The assignment for the students was:

In a group assignment, work out the following … if you were allowed to organize Papua and West Papua from a ministry, how would you do that? For example re-establish the island of West Papua and Papua from a ministry (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education and Culture, etc.)

Through the application of project-based work, different skills are practiced, such as: developing own initiatives, creative work, communication skills, technical skills, computer skills, learning on a project basis, collaborative learning and coherent learning based on adaptive learning. Teachers can use the teaching material as basic knowledge or as a springboard to other themes for the subjects of history, biology, philosophy of life, social studies, economics and geography. Current socially relevant topics can be fitted in, such as: dealing with sustainable energy, environmentally conscious living, plastic soup in our oceans, how do we deal with cultural preservation and heritage of other cultures, development cooperation, how do we deal with prejudice and stereotyping. But also: climate change and the consequences, loss of biodiversity, pollution or overconsumption.

The pupils of the Stedelijk Gymnasium have presented their papers in a powerpoint presentation with oral explanation per group.