Developing teaching standards for forestry vocational schools
The Center for Forestry Education and Training (CVET) in collaboration with FORCLIME conducted a workshop on Developing Teaching Standards for Forestry Vocational Schools (SMKK) and Discussing the Forestry Questions Catalogue in Bogor on 22 to 24 September 2014. The workshop was attended by 80 participants from the Ministry of Forestry (Agency for Forestry Extension and Development of Human Resources - BP2SDM) as well as teachers from 5 state and 12 private SMKKs.
The workshop aimed to: (a) Develop a catalogue of questions and answers; (b) Identify and formulate implementation standards of vocational forestry schools; and (c) Identify the measures that need to be developed to implement the standardization of vocational forestry school.
A representative of FORCLIME, Dr. Pipin Permadi, stated in his speech that, as the formal forestry vocational education institution in Indonesia, SMKKs have a strategic role in training skilled technical personnel who will later work as the forefront of forestry development in the field. With regard to Forest Management Unit (FMU) development, the Ministry of Forestry plans to establish 600 FMUs in the next 5 years. Therefore, FMUs are going to rely on the skilled forestry human resources educated at SMKKs. Hence, the development of forestry vocational schools needs to be implemented in an integrated, sustainable way and consider both the needs of FMUs and other local stakeholders.
For more information please contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development
Forestry stakeholders learn about renewable energy potentials from biomass
The development of renewable energies is one of priorities of the Indonesian energy policy to reduce consumption of fossil fuels such as crude oil. Among various renewable energy sources, biofuels and biomass have the potential to replace fossil fuels and supplying raw materials for energy conversion. Their resources are scattered all over the country. In Indonesia, biomass-based renewable energies comprise variable-sized wood from forests (i.e. natural forests, plantations and community forests that commonly produce small-diameter logs used as firewood by local people), woody residues from logging and wood industries, oil-palm shell waste from crude palm oil factories, coconut shell wastes from coconut plantations, as well as skimmed coconut oil and straw from rice cultivation.
To support the Government of Indonesia’s policy on renewable energies, and to follow up the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, FORCLIME in collaboration with the Forestry Climate Change Working Group conducted a “Travelling Workshop on Bioenergy Development” from 23-26 September 2014. About 21 participants from the Ministry of Forestry, FORCLIME’s pilot sites in Kalimantan (Bappeda, Dinas Kehutanan and KPH in the three districts Berau, Malinau and Kapuas Hulu), a Forest Management Unit from South East Sulawesi, private sector companies and the FCCWG Secretariat joined the traveling workshop. The excursion brought the participants across Indonesian from Jogjakarta (Nyamplung processing for biofuel) to Bali (bamboo/ waste planned power plant generation), and Madura (wood pellet industry and community coppice system management to supply the wood pellet factory).
The participants got many insights from the site visits, for example on bioenergy-based sustainable forest management systems as a potential income source for local governments and communities. Sharing information among the participants has widened both their knowledge and perceptions on the services and products forests can provide. Best practice examples from the field have proven the feasibility for operationalization in Forest Management Units.
Some participants from the public and private sectors established informal agreements on how to develop a bioenergy-based initiatives for FMU management and development that are operationally feasible.
For more information on the topic and outcomes of the excursion follow the link here.
or contact Dr. Pipin Permadi, Senior Adviser for Forest Policy
Launch of E-Learning Implementation in Pusdiklat
The Centre for Forest Education and Training (Pusdiklat) entered the world of E-Learning with huge enthusiasm and motivation. “Beyond my expectations” Director Dr. Agus Justianto summarised the results of the E-Learning Discovery Workshop, which was organized in cooperation with FORCLIME.
The workshop, held on 23 and 24 September, was supported by Elke Wemhoff from GIZ E-Academy and two more E-Learning consultants. The basis for the workshop was an assessment analysing technical readiness as well as general conditions for the introduction of E-Learning complementing the training offer. Through discussions with the management, trainers and staff of PUSDIKLAT as well as the Regional Training Centres (BDK) and the Forest Vocational High Schools it became obvious that the demand for using E-Learning is huge and that for upcoming trainings a special focus on Human Resource Development for strengthening Forest Management Units would be suitable as a first E-learning project.
“Think big, start small” was the motto for about 50 workshop participants for developing an E-Learning strategy and identifying a pilot training. In unison it was decided that an E-Learning design seems to be the perfect solution to train the future 41,800 new Forest Management Unit staff, one of the key performance indicators of CFET to be achieved within the next five years. The discussion regarding vision and objectives showed that this pilot project should be followed by further E-Learning development activities.
Thus, the workshop objective was also the starting point for building E-Learning competences among the staff. The participants were introduced to different forms of E-Learning delivery, learning management systems and authoring tools to design E-Learning training. Challenges and benefits were analysed as well as the needed processes, workflow and tasks to be able to conduct E-Learning successfully. Furthermore, guests from LAN, the Ministry of Finance (BPKP) and the Provincial Forest Training Centre East Java were present during the workshop and provided their positive experiences with E-Learning as a complementary asset to conventional face-to-face trainings. Participants also realised that E-Learning requires motivation for self-learning, which means trainers also need the capacities to create interactive and interesting E-Learning material, in contrast to ‘conventional’ reading material.
The next step for the implementation of E-Learning in PUSDIKLAT will be a work retreat at the end of October. It will be the start of several activities to train selected trainers and staff of PUSDIKLAT and BDK on how to develop E-Learning materials, compile them to a training course and integrate the courses into a learning management system. These competences will be directly applied to design an E-Learning course for FMU staff – “to make the E-Learning dream become real or, better, digital”.
For further information please contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development
Anne-Cathrin Vonarx, Adviser for Human Capacity Development