each village in Bali has its own individual character, the schools all share
common problems. Classrooms are uniformly basic, and all too frequently in poor
physical condition. Roofs often leak, and with desks, doors & windows
broken. Teachers struggle under rudimentary conditions with few, if any,
educational materials or teaching aids. Even so, many of these dedicated
individuals long for more training and better teaching tools. The children
respond with heartwarming enthusiasm to the smallest improvements, their minds
full of curiosity and eager to learn.
The BCP support of schools was initially limited to supplying much-needed
teaching materials. Later, through the volunteer program, we were able to
offer classes in English and environmental education.
We have been able to help with urgent maintainance of school buildings, and are
actively seeking organisations willing to adopt a Balinese school. Future
plans include providing more opportunities for teachers to receive further
An exciting BCP development is the creation of a growing number of
kindergartens and pre-schools. Two are operating in rural Tabanan Regency,
and another opened in 2004 in the village of Penestanan outside Ubud.
A further kindergarten opened in the mountain village of Tamblingan, and
another in the mountain village of Wanagiri. The latest are in Tanggup and
Katik Lantang. In several cases the kindergartens we have created
have since been taken over and run by the local government aministration.
hands-on approach encourges children to learn by exploration and self-discovery.
In so doing they acquire important life skills not taught by conventional rote
There is a constant need for teaching aids and educational equipment. The
BCP kindergartens also welcome experienced volunteer teachers and teacher
trainers able to come to Bali for a prolonged stay - ideally six months or more.
Left: two Montessori teachers in Wanagiri.