On Saturday, 6th of April, 2019 the 2016 students and lectures of Prodi PBI (Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris) visited Perdikan EcoEdupark in Kulon Progo. Owned and founded by Mr. Aluysius Edy Priharsono or usually called as Mr. Edy, Perdikan EcoEdupark is a non-formal educational group which is located in Samigaluh, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta.
Perdikan EcoEdupark has a unique story. Its name has a beautiful and significant meaning. According to Mr. Edy, the meaning of ‘Perdikan’ is freedom which means that the students have the freedom to improve their creativity and knowledge. Moreover, Perdikan EcoEdupark which has established one and a half year ago previously was a rice field, until Mr. Edy got an idea to build a school. He established this school in order to prepare the students to increase their soft-skills which will be needed in the future. The main learning approach of Perdikan EcoEdupark is learning and playing with nature. Therefore, students attending Perdikan EcoEdupark are learning while playing with nature around them.
Beside Mr. Edy, Mr. Henricus Ery Budinurcahyo or usually known as Mr. Ery is also one of the teachers and the co-founder of the school. Mr. Ery said that although the teachers here are still limited in number, it does not stop the schools to let the students learn and improve. In addition, he said that the purpose of this educational group is to widen the natives’ knowledge. Aside from the children there, Perdikan EcoEdupark also educates parents who wait for their children during school hours. Mr. Ery said, “For parents, we mostly teach them about NKRI (Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia), how to cook, and how to prepare tillage”. Furthermore, he added, in Perdikan EcoEdupark, we do not only focus on the learning material, but we also focus on life values such as how to talk with parents or older people, wash their hands before they eat, and daily skills. In the end, according to Mr.Ery, the students here are assessed by their progress of learning and confidence during the learning process. (Ruth Eliana- PBI 2017)