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Teachers, students learn about blogging

More than 200 teachers and students from 100 schools across Denpasar have joined the city education agency’s five-day Computer Expo since its start on Monday, learning how to create their own blogs and online journals.

Activists from the Bali Bloggers Community (BBC) taught teachers and students about how to become well-informed and passionate bloggers.

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To blog is to share

[The Jakarta Post] Three years after its birth, the Bali Blogger Community (BBC) has grown into a virtual as well as actual medium through which the island’s bloggers share their life, communicate their passions, and, more importantly, work together to help others in need.

Last Sunday, BBC members organized a charity garage sale at the Puputan Margarana field in Renon. The sale was part of several events held to celebrate BBC’s third anniversary.

One week before the sale, BBC’s 400 members had placed a special black condolence banner on their respective blogs, social networking accounts and websites as a show of solidarity for the people of Merapi, Mentawai and Wasior.

Members donated their personal belongings and second-hand goods to raise money during the sale. They also donated their blood at the sale’s blood donor drive.

Members with a medical background set up a health clinic offering medical checkups in return for cash donations. This service targeted members of the public who usually flock the field on Sunday morning to jog or relax.

“My colleagues and I provided simple medical checkups, like reading people’s blood pressure and heart rate,” IGN Pramesemara said.

Pramesemara is a young physician who blogs regularly on teen health issues.

Rp 3.2 million was raised in the first three hours and many generous people promised to donate significant amounts of money. All revenues from this event will be sent to refugee centers in Merapi, Mentawai and Wasior.

The garage sale was the most recent charity event held by BBC. The organization also regularly provides free-of-charge IT and web training for schoolchildren from low-income families, people with disabilities, village communities and marginalized groups.

“Internet literacy is a critical factor in closing the information gap between the haves and have-nots.

Internet literacy and equal access to information will enable students from low-income families and people with disabilities to seize more opportunities and eventually enrich their life,” Anton Muhajir said.

A freelance journalist and a regular contributor for The Jakarta Post, Muhajir is a press activist who founded the Sloka Institute, which aims to promote citizen journalism and co-founded BBC.

The charity events highlighted that for the members of BBC, blogs and social networks have outgrown their initial role as a vehicle to gain personal recognition, a sort of virtual existence, and have assumed a new role as a tool to share information about a cause, and rally people in support of it.

I Made Andi Arsana’s blog,, is a fine example of this sharing spirit. A lecturer at the prestigious Gadjah Mada University and an expert on geodesy, Arsana use the blog to share his knowledge about topography.

Using the freely-available data from Google Earth and Google Maps, he has helped communities and individuals create a map of their surroundings.

“In Bali, blogs, micro-blogs and social networks have succeed to be an alternative voice of society but have yet to be an alternative power that could sway and shape public opinion,” Anton Muhajir said.

In order to be this alternative power, the bloggers must have an intimate synergy with the mainstream media outlets.

“Unlike in Jakarta, where prominent media figure like Goenawan Mohamad are very active in micro-blogs and mainstream media treat social networks as a reliable source of news, here in Bali such things are a rarity. The mainstream news outlets here still distance themselves from blogs and social networks,” he said.

By educating the public on the potential of blogs and promoting Internet literacy among marginalized society BBC strives to become the future alternative voice and power of the island.

BBC is an open-for-all organization and details of this organization could be read at

— Photos by JP/Anton Muhajir

taken from [The Jakarta Post]

Disabled children cross right into borderless world

Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Badung | Thu, 11/26/2009 1:29 PM | Surfing Bali

Twenty-three-year-old Luh Putu Eka Swandewi was excited as she read a message in her laptop screen. Staring at her laptop screen, she read the message from Yahoo!: “Congratulations, Eka.”

“Hooray.I made it!” she said while raising her hands. Some of her friends in the room gave her applause.

After learning how to use office programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel in the previous training sessions, she was taught about the Internet.

“I want to get connected with broader parts of the world to find more friends,” she said.

Eka and 11 other participants received congratulatory messages from Yahoo! They all successfully created their own email accounts.

Along with other disabled people in the training, Eka listened attentively to Agus Sumberdana, a member of the Bali Blogger Community (BBC), while practicing her newly acquired skills on her laptop.

The participants rejoiced when Agus asked them to type “Google” in the side bar.

In the Google’s search box, they entered the keywords: cara membuat email (how to create an email account).

Five members of BBC assisted the disabled to learn about the Internet, including creating email accounts.

After several trials and errors, each of the participants was asked to write an email message to their friends.

Eka wrote hers in English to her two foreign friends.

“Hi, this is my new email. Today, I learned how to open a new email account to find new friends. I am sending you my email, so we can stay in touch.”

Eka said she was very happy to learn about the Internet as it allowed her to connect with people around the world.

“Now I can surf everywhere since I have learned how to use the Internet.”

Three Bali-based foundations for the disabled: the Christian Foundation for Public Welfare (Yakkum), Senang Hati Foundation and Bunga Bali Foundation, held a half-day Internet training program with presentations from BBC members, who regularly train members of the public on how to use the Internet and related applications.

“We want to prepare them to get a job,” said Dayu Windiyani of the organizing committee from Senang Hati Foundation.

But for Eka, finding a job is not a priority.

The girl who uses wheelchair said the most important thing about her learning how to use the Internet was to improve her IT literacy skills and make up for lost time when she couldn’t use a computer.

As she started to become familiar with the Internet, she stepped into the borderless world.

From the training room at the Social Service Agency in Abiansemal, Badung regency, Eka sent an email to her friend in Italy.

Eka has not only conquered her physical disability, but also broken into the world thanks to the Internet.


Exhibition, gathering marks anti-poverty campaign

A poster exhibition and public event marked the anti-poverty campaign, “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now”, campaign at Denpasar’s Puputan Badung Park on Sunday.

The exhibit featured dozens of works by local artists. The posters were displayed in the field and attracted the attention of the city’s residents, who flocked to the event.

One of the participating artists, Wayan Dania, created posters that attacked prevailing social injustices in the environment, health care and the economy.

One of his works read “We need no heroes, we only need someone to plant trees”, with a gripping visual of the island’s disappearing forests due to rampant illegal logging and unchecked man-made development.

His other works highlighted children’s rights for better education and nutrition.

“Sometimes we forget how vastly liberating the sky is because we keep being told to bow and look down,” Dania said.

Next to the poster exhibit, activists from the Bali Bloggers Community (BBC) offered a free-of-charge crash course on basic computer and Internet knowledge. One of the curious visitors was middle-aged man I Ketut Tarta.

Three months ago, Tarta was forced to take an early retirement package after working for 15 straight years for the island’s oldest and biggest chain of supermarkets. Now, he is unemployed.

“I haven’t succeeded in getting a new job. Now, I want to setup a new business providing a marketing and distribution channel for bee farmers in my village, and I need the Internet to promote my business,” he said.

The activists taught Tarta how to set up his email account and introduced him to the marketing potentials of blogging.

The BBC has actively worked to increase the Internet literacy of the island’s residents, particularly those from low-income families. In the past, the BBC had conducted educational campaigns targeting street children.

On adjacent tables, which lined the pedestrian area in front of the Bali Museum, activists from other NGOs offered their services ranging from educational sessions about reproductive health to free medical checkups for senior citizens.

Organized by Alase, an alliance of the island’s NGOs and civil society institutions, the campaign was aimed at strengthening public initiatives to encourage the government to fulfill its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The event attracted more than 500 activists and concerned individuals, who gathered to remind both the local public and government of the importance of MDGs.