The children in three different riverside areas in Yogyakarta including: Kricak , Gajah Wong, and Code, are given the opportunity to join our weekly education programs. The classes are held in the afternoons within those community 3 times a week (Kricak on Monday, Gajah Wong on Tuesday, Code on Wednesday) as an afterschool program. They are attended regularly by around 75 children. At Project Child we see that environmental problems are prevailing issue to be addressed and discussed within educational framework, and importantly, that children are aware aware that they can contribute to the problem but also can be part of the solution. The lessons we teach mainly focus on the environment, practical health and disaster mitigation. All in line with Project Child’s vision and mission for every child in Indonesia to have the opportunity to learn, to have a healthy start, and to feel supported and secure living in a clean environment that is prepared for natural disasters.
Our broad range of dedicated volunteers are largely based in Yogyakarta. With that, comes a large network and community that is constantly benefited from the various skills and knowledge they have to contribute. Project Child has support from around the world that are constantly helping to increase our impact with our community classes. We collaborate with various organizations including universities, independent organizations, and companies to create events bringing meaningful change.
In the beginning of 2018, Project Child adapted Project Based Learning (PBL) to their classes, an approach of learning that indulges the children’s learning experience and encourages critical thinking. We have established our own syllabus of PBL tailored to suit our weekly programs and tailor them to the communities. During the program, children are given time to create their own project according to the given theme. This can include improving environmental, health and disaster resilience outcomes in their communities. Our volunteers act as facilitators, encouraging and assisting the children to complete the project. At the end, students present their projects receiving feedback from other groups and volunteers to reflect on their suggestions for the community.
To support the class, all necessary teaching materials are provided. To encourage healthy habits, fruit is offered to the children after the classes. and other necessities such as toiletries, toys, and school supplies are given to children to ease the burden of families to supply these. After the projects end, Project Child takes the children on a field trip based on their interests as a fun way to round off their hard work over the program and explore the area around them.
- Sekolah Sungai Kricak: Every Monday, 15.30 – 17.00
- Sekolah Sungai Gajah Wong: Every Tuesday, 15.30 – 17.00
- Sekolah Sungai Code: Every Wednesday, 15.30 – 17.00
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- Facilitate the children at Sekolah Sungai class weekly
- Develop given learning materials and methods to be used in class
- Engage in community events that takes place in each Sekolah Sungai