MFin Student Calls for Green School Curriculum at Elementary Level

March 15, 2024

Contributor: Rashid Shabir Abbasi | Editor: Supriyono

UIII, DEPOK - Ayurisya Dominata, our Master's student in Sustainable Finance Program, presented her paper at the "International Interdisciplinary Conference on Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Developments Education and Green Economy (IICESSD-EGE)." Her paper, titled "Building a Green School Curriculum from Elementary in Indonesia as an Effort to Maintain Environmental Sustainability," addresses the crucial issue of environmental awareness and education in the country.

The conference, known for attracting leading experts and scholars in the field of environmental sciences and sustainable development, provided a platform for researchers to present their research findings and contribute to the ongoing discourse on environmental sustainability.

Ayurisya’s paper—which was further published at the conference proceeding—focuses on the increasing challenges in protecting the earth from environmental damage due to population growth, industrial technology advances, and minimal environmental awareness. The central theme revolves around "Green Schools and the Environment," emphasizing the need for a comprehensive green school curriculum starting from elementary education in Indonesia.

Highlighting Indonesia's rich biodiversity and potential for renewable energy, the paper laments the limited implementation of green school curricula across the nation. The research adopts a qualitative descriptive method, employing interviews, observations, and literature studies for data collection. The findings underscore the urgency for Indonesia to develop a green school curriculum at the elementary level, incorporating specialized subjects on environmental sustainability.

The research concludes that Indonesia must take immediate steps to introduce a green school curriculum at all levels, particularly at the elementary school level. The introduction of environmental sustainability subjects from an early age is deemed essential for fostering a sense of responsibility and awareness among the younger generation.

The significance of this research lies in its potential to influence educational policies and practices in Indonesia. By advocating for a green school curriculum, Ayurisya aims to address the critical gap in environmental education, providing a foundation for sustainable practices and ecological awareness among the youth.

Moreover, the paper also suggests a roadmap for Indonesia to create and implement a green school curriculum at the elementary level, offering practical insights for policymakers, educators, and stakeholders. Her contribution to the conference marks a step forward in the collective effort towards achieving environmental sustainability and raising awareness at an institutional level.