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Edugathering, Harita Nickel Provides a Fun Learning Experience for Children in Obi

11 June 2023

"Harita Mengajar" program is once again held with the theme "Edugathering: Independence in Learning for Obi Children". By learning directly in nature as an educational medium, it is hoped that children will have a fun learning experience.

A total of 150 students from SDN 217 Halmahera Selatan and MI Al-Habsyi in Kawasi Village participated in the event held in Salam Kawasi, Saturday (10/6/2023).

Salam Kawasi is an integrated agricultural learning center prepared by Harita Nickel for the communities around its operations on Obi Island. From crop cultivation to fisheries and livestock farming, everything is available here.

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All participants are invited to get a closer look at fish farming, livestock rearing, greenhouses, and the composting facility managed by the company.

The children from Kawasi are also taken to witness firsthand the process of planting seeds and the production of compost made from organic waste and animal manure. Through this experiential learning activity, the company aims to create a more enjoyable learning environment for children.

Lusiana La Jame, one of the teachers representing SDN 217 Halmahera Selatan who was present to accompany her students, expressed her appreciation for the company.

"Of course, as teachers, we are greatly assisted by the program organized by Harita. Through this program, students are invited to learn and get acquainted with the environment through outdoor learning methods that are not boring," she said.

According to Lusi, learning activities like this are more effective for children because they are presented in an enjoyable way. Furthermore, she hopes that the company will regularly organize kind of activities like this in the future.

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Meanwhile, Broto Suwarso, Community Development Manager of Harita Nickel, stated that this activity is an implementation of the Community Development and Empowerment (CDE) program in the field of education. Harita Mengajar itself is a routine program held by the Community Development department, involving students from schools located around the mining area of Obi Island.

"The purpose of this activity is to develop educational media that gichildren so that they don't feel confined to learning only in indoor settings, prioritizing experience-based learning," he said.

Furthermore, Broto also explained that in the future, this program will be scheduled for categorical groups. Not only elementary school children, but also other educational levels such as junior high school, high school, and even parents, according to their respective fields, whether it be social, economic, or others.

The Edugathering activity was also attended by the Environment department at Harita Nickel, which enlivened the event with a Harita Talk session discussing plastic waste. This is in line with the vision of World Environment Day, which was celebrated on June 5th with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution."

Participants were invited to learn more about the types of waste. They also gained knowledge about the short-term and long-term impacts of indiscriminate waste disposal. In addition, participants were invited to sing together and participate in a prize quiz related to waste issues.

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