Terre des Hommes at DSJ

DSJ hosted terre des hommes for discussion on plastic pollution strategies

Wednesday, 15.05.19. The spirit of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry seemed to linger in Indopavillon when Mr. van Grinsven, regional coordinator for Southeast Asia, talked to grades 6,10 and 11 about his passion: to improve the lives of children worldwide.

The term “terre des hommes” means “earth of humanity”. And taking care of its children is a major ambition of society. As a student deeply touched by the poor fate of children living in Manilas trash colonies Mr. van Grinsven did not loose his enthusiasm. Terre des hommes was founded in Switzerland in 1960 and since then helped more than 3 Million people in 48 countries in projects on human trafficking, sexual abuse, children labour and human and children’s rights issues. One interesting activity in Indonesia is their work with indigenous people of Sumatra. SOKOLA is an alternative education program designed to suit the needs of such remote communities. The globally networking NGO moreover focusses on cultural and biological diversity and also strives to support marine ecological and environmental education.

Plastic pollution was put even closer to a central issue of terre des hommes consulting and funding activities. There are for example co-operations with companies such as Shell Oil and Starbucks. These companies deliver their plastic or cardboard trash to specific factories who in turn will recycle and upcycle their trash into new useful item such as safety helmets (Shell) and business card holders (Starbucks). A win-win-situation and ecological reminder at once: the trash is recycled, new working places created and useful, high-value products generated that will go back into the sponsor company.

All DSJ students participated in lively discussions and asked about the projects. Grade 6 presented their project work on plastic waste and ideas about a more sustainable and ecological DSJ whereas grades 10 and 11 could pick up inspiration and some new information related to their present projects on plastic use, development and environmental threat.

The invitation was kindly induced by Miss Sin (steering board) and the event set up by Dr. Ahke (DSJ Science Department). We also cordially thank all the supporting teachers who released their students to participate the seminar talk and the ambitious DSJ staff.

We look forward to future joint activities and co-operations!

Author and contact: Dr. Astrid Ahke

Read more about terre des hommes in Southeast Asia on : http://www.tdhgsea.org/