As part of our effort to provide alternative education to the children of Yogyakarta, Project Child is promoting environmental awareness through local field trips. We believe that field trips give children an invaluable educational experience outside of the classroom while enhancing their appreciation of nature. By visiting different institutions around Yogyakarta, children are able to learn in a more practical and interactive manner compared to a traditional classroom setting.
Last Sunday Project Child took local schoolchildren to Bhumi Merapi, where they fed and played with animals, planted trees, and swam in a nearby river. These moments of natural connection gave relevance to school lessons and our recent group sessions.
Field trips are excellent for child learning in a number of ways. Field trips cater to different learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinetic) through active play, observation, and group projects. They allow children to learn about ideas and environments only available outside their neighborhood. They can stimulate a child to try new things and can spark new interests and passions. Finally, through field trips, children learn about serving others in their community.
Project Child believes that experiencing nature is important, as it has a positive impact on our psychological and emotional health. Many scientific studies show that spending time or living in more natural settings relaxes the body and calms the mind.
Project Child aims to provide holistic learning for our students; our field trip to Bhumi Merapi was indicative of this effort. Project Child will continue to develop activities for students to have a lasting impact on their life. If you want to be part of this goal, you can take an active part through volunteering and contribute to our cause.
Kapitania Imaniar & Septian Fajar
Program Coordinator at Project Child Indonesia