Upskill Post Graduate Excursion
Empowering Kedisan, Gianyar: Local Wisdom Tourism and Digital Village Development.
Udayana’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences hold an International Community Service in Kedisan, Tabanan, Bali entitled, Community Empowerment Through Development, Tourism Villages based on Local Wisdom and Digital Villages, and we were honored to be participating in the event. The excursion aimed at observing, understanding and participating at local initiatives through guidance of academicians, leveraging local wisdom, and integrating digital channels for sustainable development.
On the 4th of November 2023, a diverse group gathered for this community service initiated by Udayana’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the picturesque village, nestled in the heart of Tabanan, welcomed the visitors with open arms. The community leaders of Kedisan Village, the Perbekel, Dewa Gede Raka, and Bendesa, I Gusti Ngurah Widyantara, were present to grace the occasion.
The day commenced with an exploration of potential tourist attractions within the village, guided by the local community. We are taken to the breathtaking landscapes, including a waterfall, serene rice fields, and a hidden temple dedicated to purification. As the group traversed the village, community members passionately shared their vision for improvement and sustainable development.
Returning from the trek, we were gathered in the village’s Banjar (neighborhood) for a forum group discussion. Prof Komang Dharmawan and Ibu Eswaryanti from Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Udayana University led the discussion, inviting postgraduate students to share their perspectives through questionnaires and feedback.
Two key themes highlighted during the discussion:
Tourism Village Promotion Strategies Using Digital Channels: The participants brainstormed innovative ways to leverage digital platforms for promoting Kedisan Village as a unique tourist destination.
Importance of Collaboration Between Stakeholders: The second session focused on the significance of collaboration among various stakeholders in the development of Kedisan Tourism Village. Insights were shared on how to strengthen partnerships for sustainable growth.
Our students passionately provided feedback and ideas to enhance ecotourism sustainability. A consensus emerged around the need for educated tour guides to inform visitors about local waste management practices. All participants emphasized the importance of preserving nature and discouraging massive construction projects that exploit the village's natural resources.
As the discussions concluded, the Udayana delegation expressed their gratitude by presenting a certificate of appreciation to the postgraduate students. A heartfelt thank you was extended to the head of the village for their warm hospitality and valuable insights.
The day concluded with a delightful lunch and a group photo, capturing the smiles that marked this meaningful excursion, as we believe the power of education and collaboration in creating positive change in local communities through sustainable tourism initiatives is attainable.
By Billy Bagus