In early October, BINUS SCHOOL Simprug attend the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Annual Conference 2019 held by the Bappenas. This event was themed “Sustainable Life for Our Ocean” which was opened by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla. BINUS SCHOOL Simprug had the opportunity to become the only one school in Indonesia to attend this conference.

The SDGs, or Sustainable Development Goals, are a set of goals set by the United Nations in 2015 with the intention of being worked towards and ideally achieved by the year 2030. This encompasses a variety of global issues, from hunger and poverty to peace and sustainability. These are very important because the achievement of these goals would solve the myriad of pressing global issues that humanity faces today, improving the livelihoods of people now and preventing future issues from arising in the future.

The first thing as a participation in the SDGs Conference was at the SDGs opening gala, there were as many as 30 students from 6th grade of BINUS SCHOOL Simprug showing musical performances by singing “Love Song to the Earth” and “Meraih Bintang” while they were also playing traditional musical instruments ( angklung, xylophone and bass o’clock) combined with modern musical instruments (keyboards, violin, pianica & drums).

The event continued with the presentation of “Life Below Water” held by two students from 6th grade of BINUS SCHOOL Simprug where the theme is taken from the PYP Exhibition that they did when they were sitting in 5 th grade.

“BINUS School Simprug contributes to this by providing its student with education about these goals while actively pursuing projects and initiatives to work towards the goals”, said Ms.Dominga B.Cortez as a Gr.6 Level Head. Ms. Angie Kilbane as a Service in Action Coordinator and MYP Individuals & Societies Subject Head also participated in SDGs Conference by giving a presentation about SDGs as a part of the curriculum and culture in BINUS SCHOOL Simprug.

“I think that this event can be a good opportunity for BINUS School Simprug students to widen their horizons and find inspiration to make both their school and their nation a better place through addressing the SDGs. Additionally, as many SDG-related initiatives exist throughout the school, this could also offer some students opportunities to find support, inspiration, and advice about strengthening their initiatives. As a result, I think that this event is likely to be beneficial for almost anyone throughout the school that has interest in the SDGs” said Timothy Gunawan, Gr.11 student of BINUS SCHOOL Simprug.

In MYP, our students must align their Service as Action to at least one of the SDGs! Some examples of Service as Action activities and projects and their related SDGs are: We have grade 6 students working on a solar powered bill board (SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy). There is a group of grade 7 students running a Community Cat Care project (SDG 15 Life on Land). We have students from a number of grade levels involved in the following activities: Anak Cerdas Charity (SDG 4 Quality Education), Happy Hearts BINUS (SDG 4 Quality Education), Sondaicus (SDG 15). Currently, our Happy Hearts BINUS is working on charity to provide underprivileged children with a proper education and proper facilities. Meanwhile, Sondaicus is a youth initiated project helping conserve the beloved yet critically endangered Javan Rhinos.

Furthermore, we have our Eco Committee which is focusing on SDG 3 Good Health and Well Being and also SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production school wide through both awareness campaigns and policy change. These are just a few examples of the many things happening at our school! “I believe it is incredibly important for our school to teach our students about the SDGs and also to practice what we preach. If we are teaching the students about the SDGs, why they are important for our shared future, and how we can all take action toward them, then we as a school need to lead by example and work toward the goals through our own policies and practices. I hope that all institutions in BINUS group can also do this”.

(by Ms.Angie Kilbane, Service in Action Coordinator and MYP Individuals & Societies Subject Head in BINUS SCHOOL Simprug)