SMPT Mandiri Al Fajri

Life skill for a better life: eco-friendly enterprise

School Enterprise Challenge: phase I

on August 29, 2011

First step to our Business

New school year of SMP Terbuka Mandiri Al Fajri is started. End of long holiday season took us into busy days. New students and new schools years brought a new hope for the school.

In the line with new student admission activity we introduced a big project to follow. It’s the biggest activity as were going internationally through School Enterprise Challenge. Here are our report of the first step to our business

What we do …

It took our school some times to decide on what our business to be submitted. There were some suggestion came up ranging from food-based business; farming-based business to eco-friendly-based business.

Having a long but fruitful discussion and debate we finally agreed to run business driven from our school’s vision and mission-a modern waste and environment-based school. Thus, we will run life skill for a better life: an eco-friendly plastics waste-based entrepreneurship as stated in Business and financial plan. We will recycle plastics waste into more useful stuff: bag, rain coat, pencil case, and others.

The project leader explaining the Business Concept
Why we do it …

There were some crucial reasons why we decided the kind of business. Those reasons we identified were:

1. Plastics waste are problem

The use of plastics tends to rise day by day. Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics  recorded during the period of January to August 2010 Indonesian import of plastics was $3,1 billion. It was more than 100% higher than the previous year.

In the line with the increment of plastics use thus plastics has caused problem both to people and the environment. Plastics waste are easily be found at office, schools, home, land fill, river or beach.

Plastics waste pollute river nearby

2.   Resources available

The sustainability of the business is supported by resources available. Among them is that our school has been running sewing program for the past two years. In addition to this there this program is supported by Indonesian Minister of Education.

Students practicing sewing

Students practicing sewing

3. Prospectus business

Based on market feasibility study conducted, in the local area there has been no similar business. Thus, such business is very appropriate. In addition to this, its basics materials are easy to get so it does not require a relatively high operating cost.

4. Financial support available

Realizing the feasibility of our business depend on financial availability, we had fun raising activity. We made business proposal submitted to Minister of Education and followed by a-4 day workshop (July 15-18, 2011) discussing on the possibility. It was concluded that the Minister of Education will support our program.

Fundraising activity hosted by Minister of Education

How we do it …

Forming Team member

The success of our business, we believe depends on school stakeholders’ involvement. That’s is why we involve them from the very beginning to the end of the business.  To reach this goal every student  and teacher are provided with waste plastics collection form, on which they write amount of plastics they collect. The overall activities is managed by business team under supervision of Project Leader. The business team is consist of Field Coordinator with sub-team of Processing and Marketing; Students and Teacher Coordinator with sub-team of Students and Teachers.

Students are fully engaged with the business

Some of the Business Team Members

The process

There are two phases of producing our product and each phase consists of some activities. Those phases are:

1. Phase I

In the phase I student, teachers and other school stakeholders collect plastics waste from home, school, river, landfill and other places Plastic Colllected. The next activities we carry out is washing and drying those plastics.

Students are washing collected plastics waste

2. Phase II.

In the phase II of the business there will be some activity including screen printing training, making the product, and marketing the product. The first activity has begun  in August, followed by making and marketing the product in the following months.

Those activities will be in two phases as shown in Business Phases and carried out fully by BusinessTeam.

In the following months students will learn how to design images, screening print, design stuffs and market them. This will be another exciting activity. So, stay tuned!

Regards

M Sharbinie

Project Leader

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2 responses to “School Enterprise Challenge: phase I

  1. The next activity will be screening print. In this activity student will learn how to design image put into bag.

  2. This is so mesimirising …………………….. wish you all the best

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