On May 22 a television broadcast production team from Voice of America – Indonesian Service visited Poolesville High School. Maria Iman Santoso, the TV team leader, described the network as a CNN-type television production. Indonesian interviewer Yurgen Alifia told the Monocle the story from PHS would be on a program called “Dunia Kita” or “Our World,” which covers stories of all aspects of life in Indonesian, often comparing life there with other parts of the world. Education is just one of many topics. The episode in Poolesville was their 674th show.
The network’s three-hour visit included filming and interviewing students and administrators to determine why PHS is ranked so high academically in America and to make comparisons with education in Indonesia with the goal of giving their fellow countryman ideas for improving Indonesian high schools.
One of the students interviewed for the TV show was Sindhu Chidambarams who visited Indonesia last year as part of Legacy International’s Indonesia-US Leadership Program, a ten-year-old program that has engaged high school students in a practical, hands-on experience in environmental action and leadership development. The process is a two-way exchange that addresses local and regional environmental issues in the U.S. and Indonesia. Through this program, Legacy encourages youth leaders to be a force for community improvement. Sindhu spent three weeks in Indonesia intermingling and exchanging ideas and life experiences with contemporaries in Indonesia.
The interviewer was most interested in gaining Sindhu’s perspective and knowledge about her experience in the Global Ecology Studies Program (GESP) at PHS and, in particular, why she chose to enter the program and what she liked best about it.
She answered that when she learned about the GESP, she thought it would be a wonderful way to learn, to explore nature and the world. “My favorite part of the program is going on field studies to compare what we learn in class by comparing them to lessons we learn in real life. For example, when we study history, we get to go to Gettysburg to learn about the Civil War, or when we study government we get to go to Capitol Hill where we met senators. Another example is [when] we were learning about ecological diversity, we went to wetlands to do our own studies.”
Mr. Alifia promised to notify the Monocle and the school when the program would be available for viewing.