On 20 – 27 October, APCEIU implemented the 19th EIU Photo Class in Bali, Indonesia in collaboration with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO and the Bali Provincial Education, Youth, and Sport Office. This year, APCEIU invited 8 Korean students, 20 Indonesian students, and 3 professional photographers to participate in the programme’s first overseas implementation of the programme since 2019.
The students learned about photography and engaged in cultural exchanges with each other and the local community under the theme, “Island of the Gods: the Inception of Nature”. Students received instruction from professional photographers in order to learn how to use the light around them to express their perspectives on their subjects. Students integrated EIU/GCED frameworks into their experiences by participating in an EIU/GCED workshop.
As part of the programme, students captured on their cameras cultural rituals such as Saraswati, celebrating the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom, at local secondary school SMA N 8, and Banyu Pinaruh at Sanur Beach. They also visited the Ubud Palace, Batuan Temple, Klungkung Regency, Taman Ujung, Tenganan Pegringsingan, and Alas Harum Coffee Plantation as part of their photography trips.
The photos captured during the programme were then displayed at Superlative Gallery in Kuta, Bali in a digital exhibition. Ms Itje Chodidjah (Executive Chairperson, Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO), Mr Kim Jong-Hun (Head, Office of Planning and Administration, APCEIU), and Mr Gusti Ngurah Kama Wijaya (Coordinator for the 19th EIU Photo Class, Bali Provincial Education, Youth and Sport Office), delivered opening remarks in the Opening Ceremony of the exhibition. In their speeches, they emphasized the importance of cultural exchanges and education through initiatives such as the 19th EIU Photo Class in fostering global citizenship.
Since it was launched in 2006, the EIU Photo Class Programme has offered opportunities for students from around the world to learn EIU and GCED through photography. Photos from previous programmes can be found in the EIU Photo Class archive.