Classroom Support and STEM Education for Gili Air Students

By Lucy Clark Join Me

I'm fundraising to help improve the education of Gili Air children.

The students of Gili Air need our help.


Gili Air is a 5km circumference island off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. For the past decade, Gili Air has been a bustling tourist destination known for casual beach parties, great snorkeling, and a laid-back welcoming atmosphere. COVID-19 reduced tourism drastically, significantly affecting families who relied on tourism to sustain their livelihoods. 


In September of 2021, after nearly 21 months of limited schooling due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Grades 2 and 3 students at the only elementary school, SDN 1, took benchmark tests in Reading, Writing, and Numeracy. On a scale of 1-10, students’ average scores were below 5 - even as low as 3.2 in Grade 3 Reading. 


In addition to their severe learning loss and far below basic scores, Grades 2 and 3 are overcrowded with over 38 and 42 students per class. It’s impossible for one teacher to give these struggling students the targeted instruction they require to fill the gaps and increase their skills. 


To support Grades 2 and 3 students, we need to hire two honor teachers who will team-teach with the lead teachers, reducing the student-to-teacher ratio. Bali Children Foundation will hire these qualified teachers and provide extra training to ensure they understand the children’s learning gaps. Without this additional classroom support, these students may never catch up. 


In addition to supporting Grades 2 and 3 with additional teachers, we would like to give the Grades 4-6 students on Gili Air the opportunity to engage in STEM learning by starting the island’s first STEM Learning Lab! 


STEM education emphasizes technology and integrates subjects with a robust problem-solving emphasis. The BCF STEM curriculum gives students access to computers while they consider environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions to various community challenges like water access and waste management.


These two initiatives have the potential to positively impact the students at SDN 1, reigniting a love of learning and a desire to be at school. 


Each honor teacher’s salary is 10 million Rupiah ($700) per year. Hiring two honor teachers will cost 20 million Rupiah ($1400) per year.  


It will cost roughly 50 million Rupiah to establish a STEM learning space and another 20 million Rupiah per year for a STEM-trained teacher. 


In total, with 90 million Rupiah ($6,300), we can change the course of education for the students of SDN 1. Any money raised beyond that will go to purchase books for the Grade 1 students to engage them in the joy of reading from an early age.


The children of Gili Air deserve this. Thank you for your contribution and support. 

My Updates

Almost halfway!

Wednesday 18th May

I am thrilled to report that after just over a month, we are almost to the halfway mark in our fundraiser! Together, we have raised $2746 by almost 40 donors who have donated everything from $2 to $500. 


The next outreach phase of this fundraiser will be to advertise the opportunity to donate to tourists arriving on Gili Air. What a great way to enhance a vacation by giving a little back to such a magical place. I hope to see a continuous stream of small donations come in over the next month. Your continued support and resharing are also much appreciated!


Where it all began...

Friday 15th Apr

Last year, when I was living abroad in 🇮🇩, I led a project to renovate the elementary school library on the little island of Gili Air. To fundraise for this project, I ran my first marathon (8½ laps) around the island. Check out this short video documenting the process. 


Thank you to my Sponsors

$500

Anonymous

$280

Belinda Pratoni

For Captain Coconuts

$104.40

Tina Detchon

💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

$104.40

Skylar Guzman

$104.40

Vicki Smith

Go Lucy! There’s nothing more important than books!

$100

Anonymous

Keep up the outstanding work, Lucy. Hugs, Raleigh

$104.40

Katie Hanna

Love this project! Keep us updated!

$104.40

Iris Deserio

Glad to help support. Thanks!

$100

Bill Kopco

This is great cause and thanks for bringing it to our attention.

$100

Megan Stimpson

$100

Alejandro Gibes De Gac

This is so cool! Best of luck!

$100

Marco Paz

Amazing initiative, thank you for your work!!

$52.20

Wendy Peter

Thank you Lucy. Love what you are doing!

$52.20

Elena Bassi

$52.20

Amanda Hamilton Roos

Excited to see this project continue!

$52.20

Frances And Chad Ertola

Hi Lucy, So proud of you doing this great work! Chad and I wish you all the best in your worth while endeavor

$52.20

Monica

Go Lucy!

$52.20

Sean Hoppes

$52.20

Selma Valenzuela

Keep up the great work on educating children. I am very proud to hear about your work. Best of luck to you, Lucy! Love, Ms. Selma

$52.20

Keo Chea-young

Such an important project, Lucy. Please keep us all updated!

$52.20

Kathy Witkowicki

Happy to contribute to all the good work you are doing to help the children!

$52.20

Lucy Clark

$50

Winona Wagner

$43.85

Lucy

Only $100 left to reach our first goal of 20 million to hire the teachers!

$36.54

Niloy Gangopadhyay

Thanks for putting this together, Lucy!

$36.54

Anonymous

Such a great mission!

$30

Emily Hedges

Such amazing work!

$31.32

Kris Wiener

$26.10

Carmen Bozina

$26.10

Amy N

$26.10

Terry Giglio Voss

Hi honey Miss you! Looks like you are doing good work!

$26.10

Kelly

$26.10

James Koved

$26.10

Kristen Truchinski

$26.10

Sameer Maasarani

$20

Damian Crosby

$12

Andrew Clark

$11.48

Lucy Clark

$10.44

Anonymous

$5.22

Ni Luh Deni Asih

$2

Anonymous

$2

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