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Mother Jungle

location_on Indonesia

'INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING FOR CONSERVATION’

Mother Jungle brings about an environmental paradigm shift in individuals and the society. We deliver experiential professional development programs for Educators focusing on sustainability, cultural immersion, entrepreneurial skills, and local community impact. Our ultimate goal is to create a network of green leaders who are equipped with the right tools and feel empowered to take action.

HundrED 2023
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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

Web presence

2018

Established

550

Children/users

3

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Teachers
Updated
January 12th, 2023
“It is us, the women, who pass on the knowledge through generations as we are the ones closest to Mother Earth.“

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Our ultimate goal is to empower Indigenous communities in preserving the indigenous knowledge as an effort to raise environmental awareness and encourage participation in cultural and natural conservation. With the incursion of western civilization, the young have come to aspire to the wealth of the western world and all its technology, whilst disregarding their elders' wisdom.

How does your innovation work in practice?

We build capacity for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability training is an essential response strategy to develop skills for green jobs and should be embedded in education systems and training at all levels to promote clean production and consumption. The current pandemic has reshaped how we look at the world and how we engage with it, particularly in regards to our collapsing food systems. All aspects of the society, including schools, need to understand the importance of educating our children on this issue to bring back the knowledge of how to live with and from nature so the future generation can achieve food resilience. We organize ‘Food Forest Design’ courses which is an 18-week course specifically developed to support educators to create an educational program that integrates environmental stewardship through learnings about the local food and forest systems. 

How has it been spreading?

Mother Jungle won the award for Top 50 Companies in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning in 2019. Mother Jungle creates short videos of traditional stories of the Indigenous Mother all around Indonesia about their land and environment. The short documentaries are presented on International Festivals like Balinale International Film FestivaI, International Indigenous Film Festival, Bali Ubud Readers and Writers Festival, International Indigenous Film Festival India. We integrate filmmaking in our courses and utilize the power of filmmaking in order to digitally store and pass along the knowledge to the next generation and public. Collecting the stories is a cultural effort to conservation that shares the mother’s voice to enhance diverse values and understanding.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Provide sufficient resources and training of the trainers focusing on Education for Sustainability to bring back the knowledge of how to live with and from nature to future generations. The aim is to bring renewed attention to the storytelling practices of the Indigenous communities, the relevance of traditional stories in a rapidly changing society, and ongoing developments in culture.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
The 18 week course allows sustainability and respect to be integrated into any curriculum, teaching young minds to understand the importance of nature in their lives, and the videos let anyone learn for themselves.
This innovation has a high impact because it focuses on education for sustainable development and the preservation of indigenous knowledge. The connections are made through story telling; a concept familiar to all regardless of cultural origins.
- Academy member
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