Congratulations to our graduated students at the Umah Lumba Education Center, in West Bali, Indonesia!
This past year, 29 students learning in small groups fulfilled three months of English courses. Each class was named in honor of Dewa, Johnny and Rambo, three dolphins confiscated from the Melka Hotel where they suffered in the name of human “entertainment”. One class was also held for adults, where 18 students studied English every Sunday. Each of the students received a certificate for English Level One, and, due to their enthusiasm about the free school classes, are planning on continuing their studies!
In December 2021 we held a theatrical show for the village leaders and other stakeholders and supporters of the Umah Lumba Education Center. The children loved to participate in the show and they received much appreciation. In addition, traditional dancing classes taught by Dolphin Project team member Wahyu also received special appreciation from the head of the Pejarakan village, in Bali. We hope to extend these classes in future.
At present, we have 77 students registered for classes in 2022. Educational opportunities will be expanded to include conservation-based classes and animal protection modules, including field studies such as bird watching. The area in which the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center is located is incredibly beautiful, with many native bird species present. Goals include educating children about the natural world surrounding them, and the need to protect and preserve these natural spaces and species.
The Umah Lumba Education Center is a free school — simple, but very effective in its fun and engaging methods of teaching. The children have much fun learning, while gaining an appreciation for their natural world.