Pondok Pesantren Darul Istiqamah

Barabai, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Project Team

Pondok Pesantren Darul Istiqamah Students

Teacher

Nuril Anwar

Overview

What to do about invasive plants clogging local waterways and a popular snack whose cooking method needs rethinking so that it’s good for the environment without sacrificing on taste? These students have ideas, but they would welcome input from their global peers—and teachers too!

pondok pesantren darul istiqamah_invasive species

Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry

Project Team: Akhmad Sayuti; Khairullah AS; Muhammad Abduh; and Muhammad Risan Hidayat

To combat invasive plant species clogging local waterways, students devise a clever idea: turn these hardy plants into durable handicrafts. Can they make it work?

coconut-milk-in-process

Dodol Kandangan: The Environmental-Friendly Way

Project Team: Ahmad Fuad Saidi, Ahmad Tri Anggara Sasmita, Ahmad Norman Rifansyah, and Saifullah

Students decide that a delicious local snack needs a marketing makeover for global appeal, but also a more environment-friendly cooking method that won’t compromise its distinctive flavor.

Comments

  1. elise levine
    September 1, 2016

    What an interesting use for two invasive species! Not only is the removal of these two invasive species environmentally friendly but it also provides the raw materials for useful products that could boost the economy and provide employment for numerous people, particularly craftsman. The plant fungus that grows within the first month of so would be a problem for a local consumer that does not know how to clean the product and for international sales. Once the item is constructed, it would have to be stored during the time when the fungus could develop and then cleaned prior to export. This is a potential prototype for use of invasive plants that plague other regions of the world as well!

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
  2. john neering
    August 23, 2016

    Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
    That is a clever and creative way to reduce the negative impacts of invasive species. Have you thought of harvesting the hyacinth to use as compost for growing organic vegetables?

    Project: Dodol Kandangan: The Environmental-Friendly Way
    Until other forms of energy are utilized it might be worth using the waste from coal production in cooking local foods. I am not sure what type of pollutants these briquettes produce but the students could test for those. If they burn cleanly enough it shouldn’t impact the taste.

    • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
  3. ahmad rizky m umar
    August 10, 2016

    Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
    Great! As a Banjarese, I am very glad to see such this project. This encompasses multiple dimensions, either in education, economic, social and agricultural development, even religious (given your institution as ‘pesantren’). This project has demonstrated that a religious community could bring huge impact for environment, even in only a small scale, and I believe that the world could learn from such this project. I am wondering how your initiative could bring impact to broader society, not only in the sense that it could be “marketed throughout the entire Asia-Pacific”, but also in overcoming the broader environmental problems. How could your product of ‘ilung’ bring benefit to local economy, so that South Kalimantan’s dependence with mining coal industries, or other hazardous industries could be reduced? Moreover, what could you offer, with this initiative, to educate people for being respectful for the environment by using ‘environmentally-friendly’ material? I suggest collaboration with government’s economic agency (if any) could promote your model to enhance local economy and offer some good initiative from religious educational institution to deal with sustainability issues in local context.
    Hope it could be sustained in the future!
    Best,
    Umar

    • Your School Name: University of Sheffield, UK
  4. sean c.
    June 7, 2016

    Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
    I’ve never heard about these plants before but its very interesting to read about. More countries need to look for methods to benefit their societies without harming the environment.

    Project: Dodol Kandangan: The Environmental-Friendly Way
    Dodol Kandangan sounds quite delicious. I wish U could have some myself! Since it is so easy to make it seems very beneficial to the local residents. I like grilling with coal briquettes so I would highly recommend them, even if I don’t fully understand the effects.

    • ethan o.
      June 7, 2016

      Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
      Interesting. More than ever we need to turn negative things into positive

      • risan hidayat
        June 4, 2016

        Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
        Amazing…from useless plant you can make various useful items. I like this.

        • Your School Name: Pondok Pesantren Darul Istiqamah
      • nuril anwar
        June 4, 2016

        Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
        I’m very proud of my students of Pondok Pesantren Modern Darul Istiqamah, Barabai, South Kalimantan. These are the results of your wonderful job and creativity. Keep up the spirit, guys !! We’re thinking global. Thanks a lot for posting our school’s project.
        Regards,
        Darul Istiqamah English Teacher/Project Supervisor

        • Your School Name: Pondok Pesantren Darul Istiqamah
      • kathy n.
        June 3, 2016

        Project: Dodol Kandangan: The Environmental-Friendly Way
        I enjoyed learning about this interesting snack — anything with coconut milk has to be yumm! — and I liked how you introduced yourself at the end. Great presentation!!!

        • sean c.
          June 3, 2016

          Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
          Dodol Kandangan sounds quite delicious. I wish U could have some myself! Since it is so easy to make it seems very beneficial to the local residents. I like grilling with coal briquettes so I would highly recommend them, even if I don’t fully understand the effects.

          • qurrat schmidt
            May 25, 2016

            Project: Ilung and the Emerging Handicraft Industry
            It’s good that they’re using invasive plants to create bags, rugs and etc., which also gets rid of the water channels being clogged. They’re making beautiful items out of waste.

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