TRIALING 'KIDS FOR WATER' GAMES
Cooperation between Aqua-Danone and MBE
As part of the Kids For Water Game program (Cooperation between Aqua-Danone and MBE) there was a trial of the games kits that had been produced in MBE schools in Magelang and Sukoharjo on 24-25 February 2006.
These kits aim to teach the children and increase their general knowledge about water and increase their awareness of the importance for the future of us all of the wise and efficient use of water.
The games that were being treid out include general knowledge about water, different kinds of water, how water is formed, how the ecosystem is dependent on water and other matters to do with water, people and other living creatures.
The learning kits consist of children's games which are called RAMSAR and which the children and teachers liked very much. This was shown by the speed with which the students understood and played the games. RAMSAR is indeed an excellent teaching aid and an interesting game.
(Ramsar is the name of a town in Iran where an international convention was agreed in 1971. At present over 140 nations belong to the convention which aims to conserve wetlands and to increase their sustainable use. The convention was given the name 'The Ramsar Convention'.)
At first the games were rather difficult to play as there were lots of instructions to follow. But after playing a few times they were easy for the students to understand and most groups of students needed about 30 minutes to finish a game. This is because the children quickly learned and understood the questions and instructions. See the pictures on the right.
These games were very beneficial. The students worked well together, were active, creative, enthusiastic, honest and disciplined and increase their knowledge about water. The MBE consultants monitored and evaluated these trials to see how well things went, to identify problems and to get ideas to improve the games.
These improvements include simplifying the rules, matching the questions to the curriculum and improving the color and contrast.
Above: Ibu Silvana, consultant, is assessing how easy the grades 5 children at SDN Rejo Selatan 2 Magelang find it to play RAMSAR and what difficulties they face.
Below: Bpk Didi Nugrahadi, a Director of Aqua, Bpk Sutadi, a science teacher and Ibu Retno, facilitator watching grade 5 students at SDN Magelang 7 playing RAMSAR.
In Sukuharjo these activities took place at SD Jetis 1 and SD Jetis 3 in Sukoharjo Sub-district and at SDN Ngemplak 1 and MI Muhammadiyah Gonilan in Kartasura Sub-district.
1. Pak Jupri, a Sukoharjo facilitator explaining to the students at SDN Ngemplak 1, Kartasura about the balance of the ecosystem.
2. Ibu Datun Daryanti, a grade 5 teacher at SDN Jetis 1, Sukoharjo supervising the children playing the games.
3. Ibu Durul Munifah Wakamad, the deputy principal of MIM Gonilan, Kartasura giving out hats as a reward to the participants in the games.
4. The students at SDN Jetis 3 pictured together with Pak Andreas, an MBE consultant for Central Java (crouching down on the left), Ibu Tri Asmuni, facili-tator (standing second from left), Ibu Diah Ani, facilitator, Pak Anton Ginting, Marketing Director of PT. Tirta Investama (Aqua) Jakarta, Pak Wagimin, Principal of SD Jetis 3, Pak Jupri, facilitator and Pak Nurdin Suryono, HR Manager at PT. Tirta Investama (Aqua), Yogyakarta branch (standing fifth from the right), together with several teachers from SD Jetis 3, after they had finished the Kids For Water activities.