The Launching of Internet Literacy Program

During the week of National Education Day which occurs in May, Project Child Indonesia (PCI) launched an exciting new program about Internet Literacy. The Internet Literacy Program aims to educate Indonesian primary school children about the benefits of the internet, introduce them to coding, and how to use the internet safely and responsibly. At the initial stage, the program will be implemented in 3 primary schools in Yogyakarta, namely SD Negeri Bumijo, SD Negeri Bangunrejo I and SD Negeri Vidya Qasana.

The demographics of internet users in Indonesia is dominated by the younger generation, where as many as 35.6 million (26.9%) of total 132.7 million internet users in Indonesia are youth, ranged from 10-24 years old (APJII, 2016). However, there is a gap between the digital literacy education in Indonesia with the ease of accessing the internet, where internet usage is a 75% penetration between 10-24 year old demographics. In addition, there has been no structured digital literacy education in Indonesia. In Yogyakarta, most schools cannot afford to have a computer for a teacher due to strict budgets, let alone establish a computer lab.

Through this program, students will be given digital literacy education about from a basic introduction to computers and the internet, how to use the internet safely and responsibly, introduction to coding and programming as well as how to utilize the internet for their self-development. This education program will provid the students from grade 4 and 5 with a fun method by using computer labs provided by our partner, Gameloft Indonesia. The program is aimed to fill the gap between the high internet usage penetration with low digital literacy in Indonesia and to encourage the younger generation in Indonesia to be able to boost the growth of digital and creative industries in Indonesia.

The program has gone through a series of research on digital literacy in Indonesia. The program has  curriculum tailored to the conditions of the digital literacy among elementary school students in Indonesia. Volunteers play the vital role to make sure the program is running well. In the early stages of this program, Project Child Indonesia interviewed and recruited 14 volunteers who have gone through training before they can teach in the program. In later stages, Project Child Indonesia hopes to expand this program to more schools in Yogyakarta and Indonesia.

Project Child Indonesia also calls for an active public participation in providing internet literacy education in Indonesia. Anyone can participate actively as volunteers or donate computers to build a computer lab in the elementary schools which cannot afford to finance the construction and development of one. To actively participate, visit the Project Child web page and if you have any questions on how to help this program please contact us via email: program@projectchild.ngo. [Abie Zaidannas]

Project Child is Hiring!

Project Child Indonesia, Yogyakarta office invites application from happy, passionate and driven Bahasa Speaking candidate for Program Manager position.

Qualifications:

  • Fresh Graduate (preferred) from Any Major
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Happy and Passionate in Working with Volunteers and Community
  • Excellent documentation and reporting skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Capable of managing a basic accounting sheet and able to create financial reports

This position is paid position and will be based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. All candidates need to submit the application with recent CV with photograph and motivation letter to our email contact@projectchild.ngo (Subject: PM application) no later than 7 April 2017

Contact Person & Inquiries:
Awan at 085366721122 (WhatsApp or text only ) or hastanto@projectchild.ngo

Pasar Mandiri: Giving to Empower the Community to be Actively Involved in Education

The idea of Pasar Mandiri (Sustainable Market) is to involve the community in improving the education of children in the area where we worked. Project Child received a lot of second-hand clothes donation every year, and giving the second-hand clothes to our community is not a good idea because most of the times it is very hard to make sure the donation goes to someone in needs. People would take everything they want since it was free goods, even though they don’t need it. Instead of giving it directly to the community, we sell it at an affordable price so the people only take the only things they needed.

Project Child comes up with an idea to sell the second-hand clothes to our community with very affordable price, ranging from IDR 1.000 (USSD 0.01) to IDR 5.000. So our community member would be able to buy all the things that they need. All of the money goes to the educational field-trip, decided by our student themselves. Project Child started this event on 2014 with help from Young Leaders Indonesia and Indorelawan.

Within March 2017 Project Child Indonesia held 2 Pasar Mandiri event in our Sekolah Sungai in Winongo and Code, Yogyakarta. Almost 100 people were being involved in Pasar Mandiri. We would like to thank all of our kind donors and volunteers for making this program possible.

If you wanted to donate your secondhand clothes, please contact us at donate@projectchild.ngo.

Call for Volunteer: Internet Literacy Program

 

Calling all new volunteers!

Do you like technology? Do you like teaching to children? If so, we need your help and your expertise! Project Child is looking for new volunteers for our internet literacy program!

Volunteer duties are as follows:

  1. Teach internet literacy curriculum to children in Jogja.
  2. Help with the translation from English to Bahasa Indonesia for teaching materials.
  3. Make new friends and new professional contacts.
  4. Become a new leader in the new and emerging world of digital literacy!

Requirements:

  1. Must be able to dedicate 2 hours a week. One hour to help with translation (can be done from home) and 1 hour teaching the curriculum.
  2. Must have a good level of English.
  3. Must have good interpersonal skills and willing to learn!
  4. Contract will be for 4 months but can be extended.

What Project Child provides:

  1. All curriculum and teaching materials.
  2. Training.
  3. In every class that you teach, you will be paired with another volunteer and a PCI staff member. You will never have to teach alone.
  4. A new group of friends!
  5. You may use your experience on a CV if contract completed successfully.

Hope to see you on April 10th! Any questions, please contact Kelly at program@projectchild.ngo.

Things that We Need to Know before Becoming a Volunteer

Let’s assume that you have read our article about the benefits of volunteering. You close your browser tab, rise from your comfy bed, and finally promise to yourself that you want to be a volunteer. So, what’s next? While having a good intention is an important start, it is also important to adjust yourself into the right mindset. Through an interview, our founder, Aya, shares some essential points that we need to understand before deciding to be a volunteer.

   1.  We need to learn before helping

Emptying our glass is a key to every good deed. At this point, all prospective volunteers need to be mindful that volunteering is more like a chance to learn instead to give. In Project Child Indonesia, we provide our personnels with key learnings about voluntarism and some important teaching skills in order to make them become better volunteers in the future.

   2.  Become a part of the solution

We know that everyone wants to be an impactful person, but we have to admit that some impactful things take a long time to achieve. Social problems are so complex that it is naïve to think that our volunteering will eventually solve every single problem. Therefore, we have to humbly acknowledge ourselves as a mere part of the solution instead of being trapped in a superhero syndrome. Always try to immerse yourself with the social system by listening to the people, because not every good intention is relevant with the real needs of the people.

   3.  Random act of kindness is not enough

Not to say that random act of kindness is useless, not at all. However, we just cannot alleviate poverty by giving coins to beggars, or by giving free meals to the homeless on a specific day. As volunteers, we need to turn our simple efforts into a collective social movement. Creating a sustainable social cause is what we do at Project Child Indonesia, and by joining us, you can have a first-hand experience of it.

 

Ario B. Utomo – Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Sexual Violence against Children

Sexual violence is an issue which is not exclusively happen to adults, as children can also be the victims. Probably we can still remember the tragic incidence in Bengkulu, where Yuyun, a middle schooler, was killed by sexual offenders in 2016. Besides that, there was also an event where a toddler in Bogor died as the result of sexual violence perpetrated by her own neighbor.

According to a report by the Indonesian Commission on Child Protection (KPAI), the trend of sexual violence in Indonesia is gradually rising year by year. For instance, KPAI indicates that during 2013-2014, the rate of sexual violence against children rose as high as 100%. Another report by the Indonesian House of Representative (2016) says that from 2,898 reports of violence against children, 62 percent of them are sexual violence. However dreadful the report was, there is also a possibility that many sexual violence occurrences remain unreported.

Another thing that we have to understand, many of those violations were done by the victim’s own relatives. This indicates that it has been not enough for the parents to be protective toward their children. The kids are also expected to learn about the basic education to protect themselves against sexual violence.

For Project Child, sexual violence against children is another important issue which needs addressing as soon as possible. The proof of our commitment toward this issue is by integrating a basic sexual education for children in our program. One example is by conducting a class on human anatomy in one of our Sekolah Sungai (river school), just like in Code that has been successfully conducted on Wednesday (11/1). The class about human anatomy was aimed to give the children awareness regarding their own body functions. More importantly, by understanding their own anatomy, the children will be more able to protect their private parts against sexual harassments.

 

Ario B. Utomo – Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Project Child Indonesia Conducted a Training for New Volunteers

On Tuesday (7/2), Project Child Indonesia conducted a general training for the batch 24 volunteers. Located at the Parsley Bakery and Cake Shop, the training was intended to prepare the new volunteers before moving directly into the projects.

There are generally four main contents of this training. The first is an introduction to the social world, where the volunteer candidates were given a foundation regarding contemporary societal problems and how to overcome them. Second, the participants were also provided with the information regarding Project Child Indonesia to make them even more familiar with their new working environment. Third, there was also an introduction to voluntarism, enlightening the new volunteers with insights about volunteering and what makes it so important. Last but not least, the training also introduced the participants about their responsibilities as Project Child Indonesia volunteers.

Aya, the Founder of Project Child Indonesia, stated that the training is a compulsory program for every intake of volunteers which intend to join the organization. “We need to make sure that the new volunteers are aligned with our core values,” said her. Aya also added that all volunteers need to sign the contract of Children Protection Policy as the part of their compliance. “The policy aligns with the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child. For instance, one of its points states that volunteers are forbidden from touching the private parts of the children.”

After this general training, a more specific pedagogical training will be provided for the teaching volunteers of Sekolah Sungai and Sekolah Pantai programs. “Handling a class full of children can be challenging, and this training will provide our volunteers with some teaching skills,” as Aya concluded.

 

Ario B. Utomo – Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

5 Reasons Why Volunteering is Good for You!

We can all agree that volunteering is a good activity, but how good it actually is to you? Through this brief article, we outline five reasons why volunteering is a perfect choice to do during your spare time in the midst of this urban life.

   1.  It will expand your network

A no-brainer, volunteering will connect you with many people from different backgrounds as well. Good relationships which are based on trust and like-mindedness will eventually provide you with some indispensable professional benefits. For youngsters, volunteering will be a good platform to demonstrate your work ethics in order to advance your career even further.

   2.  It gives you a chance to give back

We all understand that it is getting hard to give back when you live such a busy life. Volunteering brings you a chance to do something beneficial toward your community. You can support the local schools through book donations, you can provide some tutoring, or you can just do some simple cleaning at the local park.

   3.  It enhances your social empathy

Volunteering will expose you to some unpredictable social realities, which you might not expect beforehand. You will engage yourself with different kind of people with different perspectives as well. Therefore, you will become a more open-minded person.

   4.  It is good for your health, too!

Volunteering is healthy for your mental and physical well-being. Mentally, you will gain a sense of achievement by doing something beneficial to others. A research conducted by the UnitedHealth Group states that 76 per cent of people who volunteered in the last 12 months say that volunteering has made them feel healthier. Besides that, a higher rate, 94 per cent, indicate that volunteering has improved their mood. Therefore, volunteering is a win for all.

   5.  Because we believe that everyone “can just do good”

In Project Child, we believe that everyone are blessed with the capability to make the difference. Through volunteering, we can make even the smallest changes for our environment. Just imagine how great it could be when we all have the awareness of our own goodness, then we can build a better world for everyone.

 

Ario B. Utomo – Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

The Importance of DRR Education: Empowering Communities to Mitigate Natural Hazards

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” – Socrates

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education is crucial for all communities living in disaster prone areas. The Asia Pacific Region is the most disaster prone region in the world, facing numerous hazards, from severe flooding to storms to volcanic eruptions to tsunamis and earthquakes. In Indonesia, where Project Child operates, 231 million people, or 91% of the population are exposed to natural hazards. According to Verisk Maplecroft, a UK-based Risk Management company, this places Indonesia third in the world for the number of people at risk of natural disasters, after India (1) and China (2).

While education is crucial to reduce the risks faced by communities, approaches to disaster management have traditionally focused on top down and technology driven strategies. This trend is, however, changing. Increasing numbers of NGO’s, international organizations and national governments are acknowledging, advocating for, and actively engaging in the important work of disaster mitigation education. High profile NGO’s and international organizations undertaking such work include Save the Children, UNICEF, UNISDR, and World Vision. Project Child has also received tremendous support from the communities where we operate and we are continuing to expand our programs and schools to reach new communities.

Education can have a catalytic effect to strengthen communities and reduce vulnerability. This was acknowledged, by governments throughout world, in the Sendai Framework, which calls for “a culture of prevention and education on disaster risk.”  Awareness is one component of this education, however, disaster risk reduction is at its most effective and valuable when it empowers individuals and communities to become important actors in disaster reduction strategies. Education is the key to this empowerment.

Adopted in 2010, The Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) Declaration recognized “the need to protect women, children and other vulnerable groups from the disproportionate impacts of disaster and to empower them to promote resiliency within their communities and workplaces.” It also called for the promotion of child and people-centered education to strengthen community preparedness and reduce vulnerability to risk.

Children are the most vulnerable to consequences and effects of disasters. According to UNICEF, 50-60% of the 102 million people directly affected by natural disasters in 2014 were children, while Save the Children estimates that around 200 million children per year, in the Asia Pacific region alone, will have their lives severely disrupted by various disasters.

The effects of natural disasters and hazards felt most acutely by children include food shortages, lack of clean water, loss of shelter and the death of family members. These factors increase the vulnerability of children to physical injury, disease, poverty, disruption of education, separation from families, psychological trauma and puts them in increased risk of human trafficking and exploitation.

However, Children are not just the most vulnerable to natural hazards, they are, as the next generation of community leaders, the most crucial actors for ensuring long term, and sustainable, cultures of resilience. By equipping children with confidence, skills and capacity, DRR education can help empower children to become thoughtful and active leaders, prepared and able, to advocate for their community’s disaster mitigation needs, and to manage and strengthen their community to become resilient to the threats, and consequences of natural disasters.

Project Child is dedicated to this important work. We currently operate two variations of schools designed to engage with specific issues facing local communities. So far, we have developed Sekolah Pantai, Beach School, located in Pacitan on Java’s Central South Coast and Sekolah Sungai, River School, in Yogyakarta riverside communities. Our curriculums are developed in consultation with these communities and we are forever grateful and motivated by the level of engagement and warm reception we have received. We are proud of our achievements thus far and have continued to expand our programs. We will open our third Sekolah Sungai in Yogyakarta in the coming weeks.

 

Shane Preuss – Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Microfinance Program for Entrepreneurial and Community Growth

Project Child Indonesia always strives to perform its duty as an influential social movement. The next step taken by PCI in enhancing the development in lower socio-economic areas of Yogyakarta, and also in fulfilling its own desire to transform itself into a social enterprise, is to introducing the microcredit program for the exact community the children of the River School are in.

The new program is originally based on the idea that a greater impact on the children’s future can be made more securely if the parents have stable financial ability. In cooperation with Regional Development Bank (BPD) Surya Yudha, PCI team received training in microfinance which is suitable for vulnerable communities, with Kricak Kidul being an example. Moreover, PCI collaborates with Canniff Foundation so as to make the program possible and sustainable.

Soft loans will be provided in order to increase the standard of living of micro-entrepreneurs, and to help them avoid the less favourable loan sharks. With a small monthly flat interest rate, coupled with basic trainings (accounting, finance and computer literacy, online marketing, etc.), beneficiaries are expected to more effectively compete in the market and most importantly face no challenges in the credit repayment.

It has always been in Project Child Indonesia’s interest to nurture valuable mindsets in the households of vulnerable communities. The free educational classes for the children, along with the microcredit program for the parents, ensure PCI’s vision to cause a positive growth in the long-term.

The research of the program is still ongoing and we invite people with great minds who want to give back to the community by improving it so we can give a maximum impact over a long time. You can be part of the team by registering here. Any kind of experience and expertise are very welcome and we look forward to meeting you soon!