We have been working with UCLA Hawaiian Archaeology PhD candidate Kalani Heinz, and local village elders - who are intrinsically connected to nature from living in it, with it and by it and have a knowledge that you can't get from university - to develop a specific marine ecology and conservation syllabus for elementary through to senior high school students. When finished next year, we plan to start working with education departments to begin the inclusion of our SENSE syllabus into local schools in remote islands.
CoVid has highlighted the education gap between Indonesia’s urban centres and remote islands. The latter lack technology resources and tech literate teachers and staff. In April, the Minister of Education and Culture asked for support from diverse sectors to address Indonesia’s failing education curriculum.
In a 2019 OECD education report of 79 countries, Indonesia placed amongst the bottom eight countries in maths, science and literacy. With 70% of the population due to be of working age by 2030 in the world's largest archipelago, containing some of the highest priority biodiversity and carbon securing areas for protection on earth, tech skills, conservation education and gender equity are vital. The pandemic has further underlined our need for biodiversity. The greater the biodiversity, the healthier the planet, including humans.