MITRA has three main thematic pillars: the program-based pillars described here include both short term actions and long-term impacts.
- MITRA English (Languages)
- Short term – each community forms its own English Language Club, involving conversation, debate, Model United Nations (MUN), TOEFL/IELTS training and other learning activities. These will form stronger debate, negotiation and MUN societies which will allow Eastern Indonesians to participate in more international conferences and competitions.
- Long term – to build strong English capabilities in Eastern Indonesia to open many new doors of opportunity while also promoting the importance of local languages. To facilitate a formal course with certification. To have MUN societies which are capable of organizing conferences and accessing international conferences.
- MITRA International (Opportunities)
- Short term – to form teams to support or make international offices within each community or institution’s campus. These teams will make university blogs and websites, organize international seminars, education and culture exhibitions, join ‘Couchsurfing’, share information about opportunities and facilitate other forms of international cooperation.
- Long term – to form an international network through facilitating Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), youth exchange programs, participation in international conferences and other international equity opportunities. To create a directory of information, opportunities and mentors willing to support younger generations. To build community-based agents of change in Eastern Indonesia who are both willing and able to shape the region’s future and contribute to global governance discourse.
- MITRA HIJAU (Green Movement and Community Service)
- Short term – to facilitate various green community-based programs in response to local demand/need.
- In the past these programs have included strategic reforestation, natural disaster risk mitigation:
For example – The ‘Green Schools Movement’ – facilitating tree planting in schools through student facilitators building partnerships between local government (Forestry and Education Departments) and local NGOs and Foundations for tree planting programs in schools and other areas identified as priority.
- These programs should encourage participation from MITRA members particularly for monitoring and evaluation (M&E). This has been a key gap in the past for environmental protection and conservation programs.
- Long term – raising awareness through teaching Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) materials in schools and communities. MITRA HIJAU ESD materials include games and Forests, Oceans and Mangrove Posters.
- Long term – bridging the gap between universities and local communities as well as between government and civil society through the shared goals of maintaining our natural environment and biodiversity.
- Forming environmental programs through the MITRA LSM programs.
Find more information about MITRA
More information about the MITRA Association you can visit our website at https://assosiasimitra.wordpress.com/
Most relevant to environmental movements would be the MITRA HIJAU website https://mitrahijau.org
You can also visit Equal Student Exchange (ESE) http://equalstudentexchange.blogspot.com/ which shares information about overseas study and scholarship opportunities for developing countries.