Soybean bank: a form of green school and the integration of contextual learning at SMA Pradita Dirgantara during the pandemic

by Sep 24, 2020

Land for the Soybean Bank
Students carry out research activities on soybean growth.
Students carry out research activities on soybean growth
Soybean growth

SMA PRADITA DIRGANTA (Boyolali) – “If we want children to thrive, we need to give them time to connect with nature and love the earth before we ask them to save it”. (David Sobel)

These beautiful words really represent SMA Pradita Dirgantara, an international school that makes a unique innovation in learning amid the current pandemic situation, namely the soy bank program. This learning media was initiated by Dr. Sutanto, DEA, Quality Assurance Manager for SMA Pradita Dirgantara, and several teachers.

“What do you want in school? When you enter school, what do you want to see, hear, experience, and feel? This question really needs to be inspired by everyone. The soybean bank program is an alternative to train and provide contextual learning experiences to children. An understanding of this basic learning project provides an understanding of the true meaning of life, ”said Sutanto during a press conference in his office.

“Referring to research in Japan that young people today are less and less interested in the world of agriculture. They are more interested in technology. This is also our concern for the generation of the Indonesian nation, which is clear that our nation has extraordinary natural wealth. This is what we must show the world. Soybean bank becomes a meaningful learning program for students so that they can also become food ambassadors, for example, “explained Sutanto.

Soybean banks provide learning experiences to students, namely (1) green schools and (2) integrated contextual learning. This concept was developed by SMA Pradita Dirgantara, even in a pandemic situation.

“First, the green school concept, students learn more from the way they learn than from what they are taught. Second, integrated contextual learning helps students to collect a variety of knowledge comprehensively. This study is also known as an interdisciplinary study that brings together the disciplines of all students to achieve goals by understanding complexity and making meaningful decisions, “said Sutanto.

Denny M. Fajar, S.Pd, M.Sc., a biology teacher and program coordinator, said that the soybean bank program is still running online. Initially, the teacher gave directions about what the students should do, starting from the process of determining seeds, planting, to harvesting. Every week students are required to report data to the coordinating teacher until finally the project socialization process is carried out.

“This teaches students to implement green school in their homes. They learn about agriculture. They will learn to be researchers as well as become farmers. In addition, students learn about integrated contextual learning, for example biology, chemistry, social, culture, and entrepreneurship. This of course also involves parents and that is an important value, ”he said.

SMA Pradita Dirgantara has implemented a green school system and integrated contextual learning since its inception in 2018 and was marked by the planting of trees by the late B.J Habibie.

The integration of contextual learning appears in several subjects. For example, the integration of learning in biology, chemistry, and entrepreneurship. Students can learn about the use of mushrooms (biology), nutritional content / food trials (chemistry), and marketing of soy products. This soybean bank continues until finally the students return to school with soybean seeds which will then be planted at school. In addition, soybeans can also be processed into various food preparations and can be distributed commercially, “said Denny.

This program is considered successful because students can grow soybeans well and get comprehensive learning from these activities.

“The soybean bank trained me to understand the correct way of planting because it was not as easy as imagined. In addition, this program made me more familiar with nature because previously I was more comfortable with technology. So, this is a good program for our future, “said Nimas Putri Larasati, a student at SMA Pradita Dirgantara.

SMA Pradita Dirgantara believes this will help students develop skills in the field of agriculture or agrotechnology so that the Indonesian agricultural sector can compete globally. (Praise Lestari / SMA Pradita Dirgantara)

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