112 / Berarue, Barru, South Sulawesi – Community Eco-Library
Mr. Harfiansa just graduated from high school in Makassar last year. This year, he is taking break and goes back to his father’s village. He has always been quite an achiever at school and always made his parents proud. However his purpose to postpone university studies is simply because he wants to do something for the community.
Berarue is located 2 hours from Makassar in the coastal area. The majority people are working as fishermen and farmers.
He sees how many children in the village start to smoke cigarettes and just hang out without doing much. There is no place or center where the local children can spend their time and do something positive. It made him sad to see this situation in his village. That’s why he established a Taman Baca, a space for reading in one of the mosques at the village.
There is no communal waste management system, so local people throw their garbage on the beach or into the sea, or sometimes just burn it, setting free toxic smoke into the air they breathe. He says “Most people are not well educated and don’t have enough knowledge regarding the environment”.
Together with his friends, Mr. Harfiansa wants to create new programs for the Taman Baca, which will focus on the two main topics: Environment and English classes. At the local schools, there are no courses for learning the English language. Mr. Harfiansa would also like to establish a composting program.
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