Kang GURU Magazine - March 2010
Welcome from KGI
Hi KGI-ites all over Indonesia from all of us here at KGI in Bali.
How are you all? Welcome to this March 2010 edition of the KGI magazine.
As always we hope you like what we have for you in this edition.
For us, it is always fun creating the KGI magazines cos we know
how much you like them and how much you learn from them. In this
edition we have included information and news on peace and the environment
as promised BUT we have lots of other news as well for you.
||The Kang Guru Indonesia Staff including KGI Champions all
together in Bali
We tell you how we make radio programs here at KGI and how Sue
and her team created the new SMP and SMA classroom materials. There
is news about the environment and about peace plus a page on formal
and informal English and Bahasa Indonesia. Ogi tells of her visits
to KGI radio stations all over the country and as a special cover,
we have a fantastic map for you of our two countries.
Kang Guru Indonesia has been helping English language learners
in Indonesia for over 20 years, however the current phase
of KGI will finish on June 30th, 2010. But the good news is
that a new phase of Kang Guru Indonesia will begin later in
2010. KGI is currently being re-designed and all of us here
at KGI are excited to see the new KGI for the period 2010
– 2015. Even though the KGI magazine will not be published
in June 2010 please be assured that we WILL keep you fully
informed of the new KGI by email, Facebook and on the KGI
website over the next few months.
The KGI Team in Bali -
A fond farewell and thank you
very important long-time supporters of Kang Guru Indonesia
are leaving Indonesia this year. All of the staff here at
KGI want to say a big, big thank you to them. We will miss
a fond farewell to Mr. Geoffrey Crewes, Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of the IALF in Indonesia. Geoff is returning home to
Australia after 30 years in Indonesia, firstly as an Australian
volunteer, and for the past 20 years as CEO of the IALF. Geoff
has been a keen supporter of KGI since 1989. Without Geoff's
vision and guidance, particularly in the late 1990s, KGI may
have disappeared many years ago. So goodbye to Geoff and all
the best for your new life and career in Melbourne.
Secondly, Mr. Bill Farmer, the Australian Ambassador to
Indonesia since 2006, is also departing Indonesian shores
to return home to Australia. Bill has been a great friend
of KGI and together with his wife, Elaine, has always been
there to promote KGI and to support us in all of our endeavors.
Their efforts and time have always been most appreciated and
we all wish both of them all the best for the future. Simply
Comments from readers about
KGI's The Dec 2009 magazine (unedited versions)
Thanks a lot for the December edition, I’m really
glad of it. I like all about it especially for the back cover,
”batik“ it’s really Indonesia. The content
is so interesting, the quizzes are able to motivate students
to read and study about English. One thing that makes it different
and special for me is about scholarships information it’s
useful for us especially for me because I wanna take S2 but
I don’t have finance ability. Thank you so much and
good luck! Be our friend always...
Mila, Banyuwangi, East Java
Excellent .. I wrote this message right after I opened your
December edition & I like the calendar .. it’s awesome.
You know that I’m an employee in milk & mistakes
in my english coz i’m still learn ...Thank you very
Nadya, Bone Sul-Sel
Thanks KGI for u’re des mag. its so special for me
cz i get story u’r party anniversary 20th n thanks again
for u’re new calendar.
Don’t stop the magazine. I’ve read what Wildan
writes on KGI on December 09 edition. I agree with him. This
magazine is very important to me in developing my skills in
learning English. I can also know about something from Australia
such as culture, education, life style, etc.
I hope you don’t stop to give the KGI magazine for
Lia, Klaten, Central Java
Hi KGI thank u so much for your Dec magazine. It’s
very interesting for me. It gives many information and knowledge
for me! I like your articles in Different Pond, Different
Fish. There is information about Australian culture and customs.
Drink from the tap? Take a bath for not more than 4 minutes?
Keep the bathroom floor dry? Wow,it’s really crazy!
I never do it in my life? I usually take a bath for one hour
and minimum for 15 minutes. In Australia only 4 minutes? It’s
amazing? Wow, Australian peoples is very discipline i think!
N from your information i want to try be a better people than
last year! I want try to change my bad habits! He he. May
God bless u.
Rulli indah Sari, Rogojampi, Banyuwangi, East Java
KGI, my name’s Fera Setyaningsah.I’m from SMA
2 Batang,Central Java. When i read Desember 2009 edition,
i’m very surprised because the back cover is very unik
and used backgound batik. The Quick Fix is very different.
This edition Quick Fix gives some correct to reader’s
email. And I hope you give a new page to “ADVERB”
and “SMALL DICTIONARY”.
Hi, kang guru! Wow it’z so amazing when i receive
ur dec magz. People to people ‘till volunteering rubric
are so inspiring. The story bout aussie alumni and the scholarship
info create a chance for me (and other readerz i think) to
build n reach our dream on studying abroad. Great job for
kgi! Luv u full.
Nurul Ardlian, Malang
||From your magazine December 2009 I do like your article on
volunteering and so surprised that Kevin was a volunteer. I
saw his picture he is soo skinny hehe sorry. There are many
volunteers in Indonesia. It makes me realize and I say my deep
gratitude. Thank you very much for helping Indonesian people,
that is a prove that Oz is a good neighbour makes good friends.
Thank you very much KGI
Do you know that many volunteers from Australia
regularly 'work' in Indonesia? They include Australian Business
Volunteers (ABV), Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Volunteering
for International Development from Australia (VIDA) and Australian
Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD). Check the KGI website
for more news on all of these organizations.
Hi,there. I’m Arif Syarifuddin, an islamic student
(santri) of a pondok pesantren in Indramayu. I’m your
new fan. I’ve received your magazines for two editions
in 2009 and what will I say here is AMAZING! When I first
received it I showed you to my friends. And do you know what
happened? They’re fighting to read you and they ask
me many questions about you. Where have you got this (magazine)
from? How could I get it? Do I have to pay for receiving it
and many others. I tried to answer their questions as far
as I know about you. Thanx KGI, you’re FANTASTIC!
Arif Syarifuddin - +628522112XXXX
Indramayu, West Java
Hello Arif. You're also fantastic by sending your story
to us via SMS. And thanks for sharing the KGI magazine with
your friends. Did you know that some of KGI magazines are
available in pdf format on the KGI
• Where is my LRCS?
I’d like to thank KGI for regularly coming to our
school through in the Kang Guru magazine. I am one of the
lucky English teachers who regularly get Kang Guru's Listening
and Reading Class Set which my students and I find useful
to improve our English skills. Well, thank you so much for
such a great help both through the magazine and Listening
and Reading Class Sets. I have selected activities from various
Listening and Reading Class Sets that I received so far. I
compiled them into two booklets and let my fellow teachers
photocopy. I have also compiled the audio in CDs and many
of my fellow teachers have copied them. I am happy that Kang
Guru continues to be a close friend for many of us. I am longing
to have a December Listening and Reading Class Set which I
haven’t got up to the present. Could you please send
me this set?
Rm. Nani Songkares, Pr
Mataloko, Ngada - Flores, NTT
Dear Nani, we hope that you have received the LRCS by
now. Better late than never, don't you think?
• I love KGI magazine!
I have to say thank you so much for your magazine. There
are many great bits of news and interesting information in
it. And I also join your Facebook and I also find many friends
to learn English with. I can share my problems with them besides
my teachers. Recently I got my TOEIC test result. Before I
know KGI magazine my score was 375 but after I know and use
KGI magazine my TOEIC score is 520.
Thank you for all that you have done (provide a lot of materials,
give grammar information, make funny competitions, etc). I
love the KGI mag. You make me wanna read it repeatedly. Your
content about Idioms English & Quick Fix really helps
improve my English. I like it. Good job too for 2010 calendar
design. I hang it up in my small library.
Banyumas, Central Java
Dear Ayu, we're very happy to know that you got such
a good score for your TOEIC and that our KGI magazines have
helped you with your English. I hope you enjoy this March
2010 edition. Be sure to check Facebook often for more news
• My first magazine!
I got my first KGI magazine when I attended the 56th
TEFLIN Conference in Malang late 2009. The magazine
made me impressed. Many things that I, our fellow teachers
and our students (kindergarten to university) need to
know were in it. The language usage and activities,
education, culture and future career I found them in
Yuyu - +628565981XXXX
Indramayu, West Java
Hi Yuyu, I hope you enjoyed TEFLIN in Malang and
of course meeting Kang Guru. Ogi and Alwi enjoyed their
time in Malang with all the teachers.
• Nothing stopped me!
There is no word or sentence enough to say except thanks
so much to Kang Guru. I thought that the letter I sent was
lost on the way coz there is no reply. But on Jan 8th when
I went home from 'ngarit' (looking for grasses for my goats)
a postman approached me and gave me a wrapped mag.
Kang, I'm so happy coz I get what I want. I still remember
my sacrifice to get your magazine at the first time. I must
ride my bicycle tens of kilometers to take it at Bonanza FM
in Kediri as a gift of BES (Bonanza English Show). Now I can
read your magazine freely and I can lend it to my friends.
I can explain about relationship and partnership between Indonesia
and Australia. And I'd like to say matur nuwun to Kang Guru
for your attention to Cah Ngarit.
Blitar, East Java
What a lovely letter Harun! We are touched by your great
effort to get the KGI magazine. And you share it with others
as well. Sincere thanks from all of us at KGI and all the
very best with your English. It is already very good.
• Australia, my dream country!
I really want to get an overseas scholarship now. One
of my dreams is to study in Australia. Staying in the
kangaroo country is quite exciting because I can find
the friendly friends there. I can enjoy a comfortable
situation in a country that is well known with its Opera
House. And of course with so many knowledge that has
been making a helpful relationship with Indonesia with
the Australia Indonesia Partnership. Wow, what a wonderful
experience that would be!
Lailatun Ni'mah on Facebook
Hello Lailatun, what you have to do now is prepare
yourself and apply for the scholarship. Check out details
on the Australian
Look at this definition of peace: freedom from war and violence,
especially when people live and work together happily without disagreements.
I hope you live peacefully with your neighbours.
Now, what do you think these idioms mean?
They all use the word peace. Can you match them with the
correct meanings in the colored boxes?
|1. to leave someone in peace means ....
|2. ‘let’s have some peace
and quiet around here!’ means ....
|3. to be at peace with the world means ....
|4. a peace offering means ....
If someone says to you, ‘Oh,
leave me in peace’ it usually means to stop
bothering them. You should go away and leave them alone. Have
you ever heard someone say that?
This expression is sometimes used by parents and teachers.
Maybe by you too? Think about a very noisy classroom. The
teacher might say - Come on you guys, quieten down, let’s
have some peace and quiet around here!
To be at peace with the world. She was relaxed and happy because she was satisfied with her
life. Sitting on the terrace, looking out over the ocean,
she felt at peace with the world. She was calm and happy with
A peace offering is
something you give to someone to show that you are sorry and
that you want to be friendly. This may be true especially after
you have argued with them. For example, Siti was always borrowing
things from Dewi. She never gave them back. One day they had
a big argument and stopped speaking to each other. The next
week Siti came to Dewi with a big box of chocolates as a peace
offering. She wanted to be friends with Dewi again.
There are some other collocations* which use the word peace
– such as peace talks/proposals, a peace conference/initiative,
a lasting peace and keep the peace.
* Collocations are the combination of
words formed when two or more words are often used together
in a way that sounds correct.
Do you think some languages would be more difficult than others
to learn? Many people say that languages such as Thai, Chinese and
quite difficult to learn mainly because of the characters. This
seems quite reasonable, doesn't it? All those new written characters
to learn. Many KGI readers tell us that in learning English it is
the English vocabulary that they have a lot of trouble - so many,
many words! When I think about it, Bahasa Indonesia seems to be
much, much simpler than English especially vocabulary.
For example, in Indonesian we say tempat sampah/keranjang
sampah/bak sampah/lubang sampah for a place to put rubbish,
right? BUT in English tempat sampah can be said in so many different
ways. We can say - rubbish bin, garbage bin, dustbin, garbage can,
trash can, waste basket, waste-paper basket, kitchen bin or recycle
The words rubbish, basket and bin are
more common in British-English usage while trash and can are more
common in American-English usage. Aussies generally say rubbish
bin, or just bin, and waste-paper basket.
Okay, hang on just a minute Ayu. Bahasa
Indonesia is also very confusing to us and I think to many
other people learning it. Oh my goodness - the affixes and
Here's an example of our confusion - the word tinggal.
We basically know what that means BUT then we see words such
as meninggal, meninggalkan, tertinggal, ditinggalkan, meninggali, and even ketinggalan.
Okay, they all have different meanings depending on the sentences
they are used in but to a learner they present some degree
of difficulty for sure!
Which one do we use?
And another to learn to use correctly is bangun.
How many variations of this word are there to drive us slightly
crazy? Okay, there's also membangun, membangunkan, terbangun, bangunan, dibangun, pembangunan, berbangun, sebangun and kebangunan.
Our brains are in overdrive Ayu - HELP US PLEASE!
The Symbols of Peace
This most widely known peace symbol (see left) was originally
the anti-nuclear emblem. It was invented on the request of
Lord Bertrand Russel, head of the British ‘Campaign
for Nuclear Disarmament’ (CDN). The symbol is derived
from semaphore signals (just like we learned in scouts Pramuka)
for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D’ standing
for Nuclear Disarmament. The Peace Action Symbol was designed
on February 21, 1958 for use in the first Peace Walk in England.
you familiar with the V for Victory symbol? It is thought to
have begun in Europe during World War II. The V for Victory
painted on walls as a symbol of freedom from occupying forces.
The sign was once again widely used by peace movements in
the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of victory for peace and truth.
The olive wreath originated in Greece and was the highest
award given to a citizen in ancient Greece. The prize was
also given to winners at the ancient Olympic Games as a symbol
of victory. Greeks considered the olive tree as the most valuable
gift, a symbol of peace, sustenance, and life. In the Olympics,
it’s given for the idea of peaceful competition through
The Peace Crane (origami burung)
Asia the white crane is the bird of peace in terms of prosperity
and friendship. The origami crane became popular after the
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1955, when an eleven
year old Japanese girl was diagnosed with leukemia from exposure
to nuclear radiation, she heard that if she folded a thousand
paper cranes (origami), she would be granted a wish. She began
folding one crane after another wishing for a healthy body
within a world of peace. Would like to know how to make a
Search You Tube - How
To Make An Origami Peace Crane
The white dove carrying an olive branch has been the
symbol of peace and hope for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians saw
the dove was as symbol of quiet innocence. The Chinese felt
the dove was a symbol of peace and long life. To early Greeks
and Romans, doves represented love and devotion and care for
a family. In some other religions an olive branch is a sign
for peace and good will.
The Peace Corps
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and U.S. President Barack
Obama announced their intent to re-establish a Peace Corps
program in Indonesia following their November 15th, 2009 bilateral
discussions at the APEC conference in Singapore. The
first group of Peace Corps volunteers is expected to arrive
in Indonesia by mid-2010. They will work as English teachers
in high schools and teacher training institutions.
Indonesia will be the Peace Corps’ 76th host-country.
Peace Corps volunteers serve in the communities where they
live and work in sectors such as education, health, agriculture
and food security, the environment, youth and community development,
information technology and business development. For
more information about the please
visit Peace Corps.
If you look back to the December 2009 edition
of the KGI magazine you will see a report by the KGI Champions and
their recent attendance at a conference on peace
in Bandung - page 17. Now check out how one of those Champions has
gone onto applying ideas he learnt at the conference in his home
area in Madura.
The International Youth Conference was really wonderful for young
people like me to explore our capacity and knowledge on peace building
issues. I learnt many things from the conference and it motivated
me to contribute something on promoting peace to other people. I
deeply thank Kang Guru Indonesia for sponsoring me, Wibowo and Asep
to attend this fabulous event. It broadened the way we all think
and it taught us the significant role of youth in peace building
After the conference I arranged a promo to stimulate the peace message
through life skill activities at 8 LAPIS-Integration targeted schools
in Madura. I discussed the ideas with the school principals and
teachers and they were very kind to assist me implementing my ideas.
I had incredible support from the students too. They wanted to become
partners in creating a respectful, responsible and productive community
of learners. Through the activities we intended to make a positive
difference in student’s motivation to learn and succeed in
a peaceful community. It’s a good start where they learn to
be caring and socially responsible.
I worked with the teachers and principals at the targeted schools
to establish the foundation of peace, to provide information on
how to create a peaceable classroom by involving students in discussions
which help to resolve conflict in their classroom, and try to raise
their awareness of peace. We used games, drama, songs, storytelling
and role plays in the activities. These help to develop their conflict
resolution skills including communication, cooperation, expressing
feelings, managing anger, and appreciating diversity.
In the coming months (and years) we want the students’ parents
to get involved in the activities. We will create games/competitions
related to peace to help children and their parents work together
to solve their problems and help each other to compete with other
groups and to therefore experience success. After that, we will
reflect on all the games with the meaning of peace and discuss how
they can apply peace in their family life. By then, parents and
children will know clearly about the meaning of a peaceful family
and they can apply it effectively in their family, and perhaps they
can share the experiences in their neighbourhood. (KGI Champion
Suryadi - Madura)
Here is Suryadi (at back, far left) with his
friends in Madura
during a recent HIV-AIDS activity organized thru LAPIS-PGMI
that students and teachers should work together to create a
successful and effective classroom. Teachers and students all
have a responsibility to help each other to make their classroom
peaceful, harmonious and productive. It is a cooperative effort.
Students have a role to play here. A happy and fun classroom
is a great place to learn in. What do you think? Do you agree
These are just a few of the 1200 happy students
who met Sue Rodger from KGI at SMP 1 Bojonegoro on Saturday the
13th of February. That's a lot of students, right? Each month the
school's Self Development Program invites a guest speaker to address
the students. On this particular day it was KGI's turn and the language
for the day was English. And to her surprise, Sue was asked many,
many questions - in English. Fantastic!
A School Garden
- now that's a great idea!
At the beginning of 2010 KGI met with Julia Arden, a teacher
from Kerang Technical High school, a school four hours drive
north of Melbourne in Australia. KGI was interested to interview
her because we heard her school had created something unusual.
The teachers and students have built a school garden. This
is not a garden with scented flowers and trees but an edible
garden. All the plants they grow in the garden can be eaten.
Tomatoes, chilies, beans, carrots, lettuce, radish, pumpkin
and peas are grown there by the students and the teachers.
About ten years ago the school used to have a big school farm.
Unfortunately because of the water shortages in this part
of Australia the farm had to finish. Now they have planted
a number of different vegetables in small box containers and
they are enjoying great success.
KGI asked Julia what the benefits of a school garden were.
She said it’s been wonderful because the school community
seems to have pulled together and become much closer because
they have a joint project to work on. Some issues of cooperation
have included -
Whose turn is it to water the garden?
Who will visit at weekends and water the plants?
Who will water the tomatoes over the long six week school
So what do they do with the vegetables they grow? They eat
them of course! But Julia also pointed out that growing the
vegetables in the school shows the children where their food
comes from. She told Kang Guru many students, particularly
in the city areas, don’t know where their food supply
In the future the school hopes to involve more students
in the program. Next year the geography class will combine
with the home economics class which will combine perhaps with
the maths class. It will be a thematic approach so many more
students willl have input into the garden.
Action on the Environment with Papua
Recently at IALF Bali, students from Papua created an exhibition
showing some of the environmental problems in their province.
The exhibition was on display for everyone at IALF Bali to
see and ask questions about - in English of course. Some of
the environmental problems presented by Sepo Nawipa and Fiktor
Wanane (see pic) were a lack of proper town planning, inappropriate
housing projects, waste management and poor drainage. KGI
went along and joined in with the discussions. It was terrific
to hear the students using their improved English language
skills to talk about the important environmental issues in
Papua. The students were sponsored by Dinas Pendidikan, Pemuda
dan Olahraga Provinsi Papua (DPP) to upgrade their English
to a level whereby they could be in a position to apply for
scholarships to study overseas. During 2009, there were 3
phases of training over a 9 month period involving 40 participants.
All participants sat an official IELTS test at the end of
What's New from Tunas Hijau?
What does Tunas Hijau do? KGI has talked about Tunas Hijau
for many years now so you probably already know that they
plant trees, make compost, clean rivers, and also conduct
environmental workshops for school and community groups. Yes,
they do all of these activities throughout the year working
together with schools in Surabaya and surrounding areas. The
many volunteer members of Tunas Hijau are dedicated to looking
after, protecting and improving their environment.
And what’s new from Tunas Hijau? It's TV Tunas
Hijau. It’s a 2 minutes news info segment and you
can see it on FaceBook. How incredible is that?
Check out their fantastic
Mata Air (Festival of Water) is an annual community art and music
event held in Salatiga, Central Java.
The event is organised by Komunitas TUK - Tanam Untuk Kehidupan-
‘Planting for Life’. It's aim is to raise awareness
about the environment and the issue of water. The event is held
in the area nearby the local Senjoyo water springs. The committee
chose this particular spring because the spring is owned by the
local community and is of vital importance to them, industry and
the government. By combining art, culture and environmental awareness
the committee hopes to make people realize how important it is to
keep the water springs and their surrounding areas clean and safe
Each year TUK holds a series of programs and activities for the
public to join in with such as a Rubbish Fashion Parade, theatrical
performances with environmental messages, and a series of workshops
on utilizing rubbish in positive ways. With a wide range of activities
from art exhibitions, to music, to a Regional Forum on Water Conservation,
this years festival was an all encompassing community event with
an important local and global message - Protect Our Environment.
Many thanks to Rudi and Vanessa, Australian Volunteers International
(AVI) participants who invited Kang Guru to visit Salatiga in October
2009 to see the event in action. Vanessa told KGI that the program
is basically about sustainability (keberlanjutan), increasing
awareness (meningkatkan kesadaran) and collective ACTION
Do you think you can make a similar event (combining art,
culture, and environmental awareness) at your school or maybe
in your local community? Get some of your interested friends
together and start by talking about it ! That' a good start!
Guess what is growing on my roof?
Green Roofs, also known as eco-roofs or vegetated roofs
or living roofs is the idea of growing plants and grass on
roofs. That sounds an odd idea, doesn't it? Some countries
in Europe, America and China have implemented green roof activity
by planting trees on top of the apartment buildings and houses
in response to a trend toward environmentally-friendly technology.
What do these roofs do?
A planted rooftop helps to filter air, lessen the burden
on sewers by absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, and
creating a habitat for wildlife. It also helps to lower air
temperatures in the buildings below, and combat the strong
effects of heat and the sun. Modern green roof trends began
in Germany in the 1960s. These days it is estimated that about
10% of all German roofs have been “greened.” Several
European countries including Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands,
Italy, Austria, Hungary, Sweden and the UK are promoting green
Have you seen any green roofs in
Did you know that Australia's Parliament
House in Canberra has a grass topped roof? Well, it HAS!
If you could, what would you like to grow
on the roof of your house?
Australia and Indonesia
have been development partners for many years, with
a strong and active relationship going back to the
1950s. The Australian Government will provide an estimated
A$452.5 million (3.7 trillion Rupiah) in development
assistance to Indonesia in 2009-10. Indonesia is the
largest recipient of Australian development assistance
in 2009-10. But it isn't just the development activities
that makes the Australia Indonesia Partnership strong.
It is also the people to people contacts that develop
as a result of the associated activities, and as Kang
Guru has always said,
"Good Neighbours (do) Make
Photos by Hasrul Ichsan, KFCPMonitoring Hydrology Coordinator
Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership (KFCP)
Under the KFCP, Indonesia and Australia are working together to
support international efforts on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries). The project is
situated in peatlands within the ex-mega rice project in the Mentangai
subdistrict of the Kapuas district in Central Kalimantan. What do
peatlands have to do with global warming or climate change? While
visiting a KGI radio station in Palangkaraya, Ogi from Kang Guru
met Pak Alue Dohong and Pak Eko Pranandhita from KFCP. Here's what
they talked about.
Ogi started by asking what is
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the greenhouse gases
that creates a big problem in the atmosphere especially
contributing to the global climate change. So carbon emission
means to emit, to release greenhouse gases such as CO2 into
the atmosphere. We have to reduce that otherwise our planet
will become warmer and warmer from time to time. That's
How do peatlands contribute to the greenhouse
Peatlands actually contain huge amounts of carbon (organic
matter) within that peat soil itself. If we burn it or if
we drain the water from it that means we allow this carbon
to make contact with the air. That creates a CO2 gases emissions.
That means peatlands will be big source of emission of CO2
into the atmosphere.
Is it easy for a fire to start in peatlands?
It is quite difficult for fire to
burn peatlands because it is naturally a wet environment.
Once the peatlands are opened up and the water starts
to drain away the peatland becomes drier. Remember
there are large amounts of carbon or organic matters
there so if just a small fire begins it can burn for
a long, long time. This includes underground fires
- you can’t see any flames but the smokes comes
out from the peat itself.
How large is the contribution of peatlands
to total carbon emissions?
There is no agreed data but there
is one study tells us that Indonesia is the third
biggest emitter of CO2 in the world if we include
emissions from peatlands. If we take out peatlands
from the data Indonesia is in 25th position. That
shows how big the contribution from peatlands really
Why was this project started?
The Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnerships want to
reduce this kind of emission because the majority of CO2
emissions now actually come from peatlands ecosystem because
of fires, overdrainage and using the peatlands for other
What is this project trying to do with the
That’s why this KFCP is focused on the ex- mega
rice project which cleared a lot of the land. Now we have
to help the land recover to prevent more fires by damming
opened canals and planting trees.
So KFCP has taken real action in reducing
We all need to see peatlands as strategic resources especially
in related with the mitigation and adaptation of climate
change. So if we want help lessen the effects of climate
change we have to stop the degradation of these peatlands.
We need to do something real on the ground like restore
the degraded peatlands, stop the deforestation on the peat
swamps ecosystem, and STOP digging canals on the peatland
swamp ecosystem. That’s real action.
KGI vocabulary help:
peatland = lahan gambut
underground fires = kebakaran didalam tanah
CO2 emitter = penyumbang gas CO2
overdrainage = pengurasan air secara berlebihan
dari ekosistem gambut
damming opened canals = membendung kanal
But what does PGMI stand for?
PGMI is Pendidikan Guru Madrasah Ibtidaiyah. PGMI is an AusAID
supported education program through LAPIS – Learning Assistance
Program for Islamic Schools.
For more information visit
Since June 2007, a group of
dedicated people based at Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN)
Sunan Ampel in Surabaya have been working very hard with university
lecturers, schools and teachers in several provinces of Indonesia.
The LAPIS-PGMI team has been working to build the capacity
of lecturers in the Islamic teacher education system in Indonesia.
These lecturers have been learning how to deliver better training
courses to student teachers through the development of syllabus,
curriculum and teacher competencies for a 25 teacher education
and general subjects including maths, science, social science,
bahasa Indonesia, and citizenship. Their objective has been
to improve the capacity of targeted education faculties to
design and to deliver programs for the development of the
Here are some of the facts and figures that
will amaze you. During the program PGMI has trained 814 teachers,
228 school personnel, 1,150 support agency personnel and 495
community members. That’s a lot of people, right? But
not only that, the average number of training days that each
one of those people attended was 10 – that’s also
a lot of training days.
There are seven universities in the
LAPIS-PGMI Consortium which support the placement of student
teachers and provide contextual settings for both lecturers
and student teachers working with PGMI. These people in training
with PGMI come from 81 partner madrasah in the provinces of
South Sulawesi, Lombok - NTB and East Java.
What about those 2000 new
The latest update on the 2000 AIBEP schools?
- It is expected that all schools will be completed in
the first half of 2010, creating about 330,000 new junior
secondary school places for 13-15 year olds.
- All 2,000 AIBEP schools will be operational for the new
school year 2010.
Isn’t this fantastic news! Australia and Indonesia
Partnership (AIP) through AIBEP are also focusing on education
quality and governance by supporting Indonesia’s implementation
of its national education reform priorities. These include
strategies to improve teacher and curriculum quality, school-based
management and improving the equitable distribution of school
funding. AIP also includes activities to ensure greater equity
for girls and boys in accessing and participating in all aspects
of the education system with a focus on poor, remote areas.
AIBEP Teacher Workshops with
During the period March - April 2010, KGI is presenting specially
designed KGI teacher workshops to English language teachers
from AIBEP schools in Bali, Madura, and Sumba.
These workshops will cater for mainly
young teachers from these brand new schools - schools with
quite young students and schools that are built in new areas.
KGI presented a workshop for AIBEP English language teachers
in Lombok in July 2009 and the first of the 2010 workshops
was held in Bali on March 2nd (see pic above). Twenty keen
teachers attended for a full day of activities with KGI. They
all left the workshop with a free KGI SMP Teacher Package
PLUS a big box of materials for their school's English teachers
to use in their busy classrooms.
KGI's Madura AIBEP workshop was held
on March 11th and Sumba's workshop is planned for April.
Strike a Chord
Fifty students from Madrasah Tsanawiyah
Nurul Huda in Tangerang visited the Strike A Chord Exhibition
at Taman Mini on February 22. Taman Mini staff presented spectacular
science experiments to the students. Kevin from KGI gave them
a special Oz/Indo language quiz about Australia and Indonesia.
The students were so clever. Excellent answers were given
to all questions. Congratulations to all the students.
Madrasah Tsanawiyah Nurul Huda is just one
of 2000 schools being built by the Australia Indonesian Basic
Education Program (AIBEP). KGI worked together with the Cultural
Affairs section at the Australian Embassy and AusAID to present
the activities at Taman Mini.
Strike A Chord - The Science of Music
has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each month since
December 2009 at Indonesia’s National Science and Technology
Centre (PP-IPTEK), Taman Mini. It has been sponsored by the
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in cooperation
with the Australia International Cultural Council.
Australian Embassy Media Release - 20/1/10
Did you know that Australia and Indonesia really love football
and did you also know that there is a lot of cooperation between
the two countries.
The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia,
Mr Bill Farmer, welcomes the recent signing of a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between Football Federation Australia
(FFA) and the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI).The MoU
provides a framework for cooperation between Australia and
Indonesia in areas including coaching education, development
of talented players and women’s football. In the MoU,
Indonesia and Australia agreed to cooperate on their respective
bids to host the Football World Cup. Did
you know that Australia is a candidate to host the World Cup
in either 2018 or 2022, and Indonesia is a candidate to host
President of PSSI, Mr Nurdin Halid, commented, “We enjoy a close relationship with Australia and
we are proud to be involved in this agreement which will bring
us even closer together.”
Do you know about ACICIS program? It is
the consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies
program and is offered to Australian university students to
study at Indonesian partner universities. The students also
complete an internship at selected institutions based on their
study discipline. In February 2010, Ayu from Kang Guru went
to Jakarta to meet with some ACICIS participants at their
work places in Jakarta. Kang Guru met with journalism students
Clare Slattery (RRI Jakarta), Clare Gavin and Taiski (Metro
TV) and Sarah Hunt (Reuters). They all shared some interesting
stories with KGI about their experiences being placed in Jakarta
and about the environment.
Clare Gavin and Taiski working at Metro TV
Here in Indonesia people seem to smoke everywhere. They
smoke at work, they smoke on the bus, on their motorbikes
and so on but you know in Australia you can’t do that.
Smoking is strictly controlled. In Jakarta it’s hot
and very busy but it’s also exciting because there aren’t
so many rules as in Australia, I suppose.
School Community Partnership
SMA Yos Sudarso Sokaraja Banyumas and Aquinas College, Gold
exciting friendship is now in progress
between Aquinas College, Gold Coast, Australia and SMA Yos
Sudarso Sokaraja, Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia. The relationship
is designed to immerse both students and staff in the culture
and life of their partners over the waters. Staff and students
from both schools will exchange places in Terms 2 and 3 in
2010. This authentic immersion experience (pengalaman berbaur)
will strengthen the shared passion for social justice issues
while promoting the idea of community service. The students
from Australia will stay in students’ homes around Banyumas
Regency. During their stay at SMA Yos Sudarso, they will gain
valuable learning experiences at school by joining some classes,
practicing Javanese dancing and visiting traditional food
From Alex Karyadi, English Teacher
at SMA Yos Sudarso.
Notes from KGI: This is an example
that schools in Indonesia are making their own partnerships
with Australian schools. You should try it. It is worth it!
KGI visiting KGI broadcast
The Joeys RRR
BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR RUBBISH - REUSE, REDUCE and RECYCLE!
|Here are some KGI and
Joeys suggestions for classroom or school environmental projects.
They will be fun to do, and educational at the same time, and
will help improve your environment for you and all of your friends.
|Rubbish seems to be everywhere! Look around your community,
your school, your shopping areas, your local river or beach
- can you spot all the rubbish? Bottles and plastic and paper
and all sorts of things! Some places seem to have SO much rubbish.
Do you agree?
Take a look at the JOEYS - Ali, Budi, Samuel, Sinta, Fatimah
and Natalya. They look very busy, don't they? They are inviting
their friends from different schools, and you as well, to come
to their 3Rs Workshop. But what exactly is that?
There are so many things that YOU can do to reduce rubbish.
Why not bring your shopping home from the supermarket in your
own bags and NOT plastic bags.
Burying the bags afterwards does not help. Did you know it takes
over 200 years for plastic bags to decompose (membusuk) in the
ground. Reducing the use of plastic bags means you reduce the
plastic rubbish that is thrown away or buried OR burnt - this
is definitely not a good option.
REUSE (menggunakan kembali)
Instead of just using something once and then throwing it away
or in the rubbish bin, think about using it again. Use your
own re-useable bottle to drink from at school instead of buying
new water bottles everyday and then throwing them away.
You can reuse plastic food containers, plastic bags, cardboard
boxes and bottles. Paper can often be used a second time - check
to see if just one side of the paper has been used.
RECYCLE – (mendaur ulang)
To recycle means processing the rubbish and making it into something more useful. Paper is a good example - waste paper
can be recycled into new paper. Did you know that empty plastic
bottles can be made into bags and purses? Car tyres can be used
to make gardens look good while empty jars can be used to store
The World Cup and Facebook with
KGI often receives questions about formal and informal
English AND sometimes we wonder about formal and informal Bahasa
Indonesia here at KGI. Have you seen, and heard, the Bahasa Gaul
used in the December podcasts on the website? Okay, here is some
more fun in this magazine with formal and informal language. The
topic - the FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa later this
year. Can you spot the formal and the informal?
missing the right to stage the 2006 FIFA World Cup, South Africa
is now on track to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During June
and July, nine stadiums across South Africa will host a series
of exciting matches between the world’s 32 participating
football nations. The first matches are scheduled for June 11th.
An estimated two million tickets have already been sold to fans
ensuring that the World Cup will be one of the major sporting
events of 2010.
kesempatan untuk menyelenggarakan Piala Dunia FIFA 2006, Afrika
Selatan saat ini rendang mempersiapkan diri untuk menjadi tuan
rumah Piala Dunia FIFA 2010. Selama bulan Juni dan Juli, serangkaian
pertandingan menarik antara ke 32 negara peserta akan diadakan
di sembilan stadion yang tersebar di penjuru Afrika Selatan.
Pertandingan-pertandingan pertama dijadwalkan berlangsung pada
tanggal 11 Juni. Diperkirakan sekitar dua juta tiket telah terjual
yang menunjukkan bahwa Piala Dunia ini akan menjadi peristiwa
olahraga terakbar di tahun 2010.
||They didn’t win the rights in 2006
but the 2010 FIFA World Cup is being held in South Africa this
year. During June and July, 32 football nations will play the
game they love in nine football stadiums spread across South
Africa. The first games will be played on June 11th. About two
million tickets have been sold so far and this World Cup will
be one of the greatest sporting events of 2010.
|Biarpun kehilangan kesempatan
nyelenggarakan Piala Dunia FIFA 2006, Afrika Selatan nggak nyerah
gitu aja. Taon ini, mereka bakalan jadi tuan rumah Piala Dunia
FIFA 2010 yang diikutin oleh 32 negara. Mulai June ampe Juli,
pertandingan-pertandingan menarik bakalan diadain di sembilan
stadion di seantero Afrika Selatan. Pertandingan pertama bakalan
diadain tanggal 11 Juni. Sampe saat ini, kira-kira 2 jeti tiket
udah kejual, nunjukkin kalo gelaran Piala Dunia kali ini bakalan
jadi tontonan olah raga paling heboh di taon 2010.
language to learn?
Can you recognize this SMS sentence taken
from the informal Bahasa Indonesia text?
Are you a Facebook Fan?
If you are, the be sure to join Kang Guru Indonesia
on Facebook. Keep in touch with all the latest news
from KGI and the 1,200 members that have already registered
with Ayu here at KGI in Bali. There are students, adults,
Indonesians (of course) and foreigners tooon the site.
There are regular competitions to enter and of course
many photographs posted by the members. Thanks guys.
Kang Guru's Facebook Q 'n A
1. How can I become a friend of Kang Guru on FB?
When you want to join Kang Guru you MUST
add a personal message in English.
2. Can we answer the magazine tasks through FB?
Yes, you can write the task answers on
FB but you must include your address.
3. How often is there a KGI Quiz on FB?
Two to three times a week.
4. What kind of prizes can we get from the FB quizzes?
CDs, prize packs, jas hujan and badges
5. If we win the quiz on FB can we join again?
Yes, after four weeks.
6. Can we use Bahasa Indonesia on the Kang Guru wall?
No, you have to use English.
7. Does KGI always respond to all the messages on FB? Yes
but maybe not immediately.
8. Can we send an article through FB and ask Kang Guru to
Kang Guru can help you with some difficult
vocabulary but we can not help you with the whole translation.
The DPDF stories below tell a few of the
interesting cross-cultural experiences which Ayu, in Australia with
the BRIDGE project, and Dodol in Malang, have encountered recently.
The stories are to do with language, behaviour and lifestyle in
Australia and in Indonesia.
“What a strong nose ……”
In Australia smoking inside a building is prohibited. When
I went to Melbourne last year with the BRIDGE participants
we stayed at a new apartment building in the city. After a
few days, Bonnie, who was in charge of the BRIDGE participants
in Melbourne, came to the apartment. To her surprise when
she walked along the corridor she smelled Indonesian kretek
The next day during tea break Bonnie announced to the participants
that smoking is prohibited in hotels and apartments. If anyone
is caught breaking this law they could be fined AUD$250 -
that's about 2 juta rupiah! All the participants just stayed
silent. Someone said, ”Wow, Mbak Bonnie you have got
a strong nose”. Bonnie said that her husband is Indonesian
and she has lived in Indonesia so she’s familiar with
the smell of kretek cigarettes. After that day there were
no more kretek smells along the corridor anymore.
After passing through immigration in Sydney, all the BRIDGE
participants went to the carousel to collect their luggage.
While they were waiting for the luggage one of the participants
was approached by an airport staff member with a dog. The
dog went straight to Pak Ramli’s carry bag and jumped
on it and put his head into the bag and sniffed, sniffed and
sniffed. Pak Ramli was shocked. The dog could smell a piece
of left-over bread inside Pak Ramli’s bag. The airport
staff then asked Pak Ramli to throw the bread into a bin.
Pak Ramli felt relieved that it was only left-over bread that
the dog found. He thought it was a smart dog. Lucky he didn’t
bring shrimp paste with him. If he had, the dog might have
sniffed, barked and even sneezed a lot!
KGI Note: Dogs are used in both Indonesia
and Australia to search for drugs at airports, and also note
that for entry into Australia, certain foods are not allowed
to be taken in.
Heating or air-con?
It was winter in Melbourne when the 2nd BRIDGE participants went
there in July 2009 to do one week of training at the Asia Education
Foundation in Melbourne. One evening Reny and I were asked to deliver
a message to Ibu Indi and Ibu Enny from Surabaya. When we went into
their room it was freezing and I saw Ms. Indy wearing layers and
layers of clothes. She had also covered herself up in a quilt -
a thick padded blanket. I could only see her eyes! She was shivering
and said, 'My body is freezing, my bones are aching and the room
is too cold'.
When I looked at the heater it wasn’t turned on. So I told
her that she should have turned the heater on. Ibu Indy thought
that it was an air-conditioner and not a heater. Maybe she had never
seen a heater before? The next day she said she had slept really
well after the heater was turned on. The heater in the room actually
has dual functions - as air-con in summer and a heater in winter.
by Ayu at KGI
This story happened few years ago when I was still in Malang.
I had a very experienced friend who had lived abroad for years.
Because of his background, I learnt a lot from him especially
about my English. One day he gave me one English proverb which
means setuju in Bahasa Indonesia. Soon I practised this with
my American friend. One day he invited me for dinner by sms.
I was very happy at the time and replied to his sms by writing
shoots me fine. My American friend understood what I meant
and that I had accepted his invitation but he made a little
joke to me and sent an sms saying 'Do you want me to shoot
you?' I was shocked when reading the sms. He later told me
that the right expression is suits me fine. Oh man ... I was
a bit embarrassed. The dinner was great fun.
dancing lessons in Oz - great!
March, several young dancers from Bali went to Perth to participate
in Perth Travel and Holiday Expo. While there they taught
several Australian students from Tranby College how to dance.
Isn't it terrific to see a blonde Australian girl, Katlin,
performing Balinese dancing? In fact, the Indonesian Consulate
in Perth was so impressed with Katlin that they want her to
perform again soon for them. By the way, Katlin has never
done this type of dancing before her lessons with Putri, Devi
and Dextri. Well Done!
And a special hello to Pak Latif at SMA 5
Sby and Vicki Richardson from Tranby from all of us here at
KGI and to BRIDGE
How does KGI write a radio
The process for making the KGI radio program is a long one.
Did you know that KGI actually makes 6 programs at the same
time. So, how do we make the program? What do you think are
the steps (urutan pekerjaan) that KGI takes? Can
you put these making a radio program steps into their correct
order? If you can then you will know how KGI staff create
the radio programs that you love to listen to.
Kang Guru usually meets with Indonesian students who are
learning English but in January 2010 a group of students from
a French school in Bali visited the KGI office. The Grade
4 students were about to begin work on an MP3 recording project
with their class teacher, Mr Olivier. They visited the KGI
office and studio to get a taste of recording. The 16 students
along with their English teacher, Lisa, had been working hard
on their English before they came to KGI. In the KGI recording
studio each student told a joke in English then two students
interviewed Sue and then Lisa and three students discussed
the environment. Extracts from their environment discussion
can be heard on the KGI radio show. Some of their suggestions
for protecting the environment included riding bicycles more
instead of driving, not wasting water, using solar energy
and recycling. Although most of the students are only 8 or
9 they can already speak two, three or even four languages.
But on that day we all communicated in English – the
true International language!
|Collect background information – interviews, browse
the internet, read input from KGI followers by email,
SMS and Facebook.
|Think of themes for the programs. -
| Organize prizes for any program competitions.
|Decide which of the KGI staff are going to be responsible
for writing the 6 programs.
|Organize people to read the texts to be recorded.
|Write the text to be recorded.
|Choose the music to be included.
|Copy all of the programs onto CD/cassette 165 times.
|Check the first draft of the recordings. Re-record text
|Finalize the tapescripts for printing.
|Record texts in the IALF Bali recording studio.
|Edit and mix the radio programs.
| Package up the CDs and tapescripts to send to radio
Reading Class Set - March '10
Teachers, be sure to order the latest edition
of KGI's L&RCS - march 2010. KGI is producing a bumper
issue - the BEST ever so be sure you get your copy. It will
be the last edition and it will be fantastic. Remember, L&RCS
are free for English language teachers in schools.
Contact Tjok by email asap - firstname.lastname@example.org
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DO NOT need to download them all. Check this out for yourself.