Project-based Learning Approach

Coming to 21st century generation, education is one of the most notable support for children which evolving and constantly moving forward. Project Based Learning (PBL) is used to prepare students from the 21st century challenges, to work on a real problem and solve the it directly using their analytical and practical skill, with a product or presentation as an end-result of the project. Throughout the project, children are expected to work on the project during a period of time given by the facilitators.

Moreover, PBL is suitable for our community class in the spirit of alternative education as it indulges critical thinking, creativity and communication skill as supplementary skills for their education. These skills are important for the children to prepare themselves in further steps of being digital natives and more challenge in the real world. Furthermore, we come to realization that skills connected to real life is a prominent skill, as a matter of fact, not many practicalities of formal education have come to this main issue yet. Adjusting to our time limit in the community class, PBL is conducted once a week in each of our river school with additional meetings based on their own need assisted by volunteer in charge. Thus, through the PBL we conducted in river school attended by variety range of children age group, we attempt to spark curiosity and implement the trial of Project Based Learning, as children in our community is bounded with formal school and formal way of thinking in which teacher teacher play important role as the “story teller”. It needs certain amount of time to indulge and even sparks curiosity of the children.  

The children are given chance to design their own project assisted by the volunteer. Afterwards, the volunteer is the one whose responsible to decide whether the team need extra meeting and project the sustainability of the project. Seeing the format of the project, not to mention the volunteer responsibility, PBL in our community indeed rely mostly on our volunteer as children still need guidance from the volunteer. Working with this new format, indeed give the team special challenge during the process. it is becoming a greater challenge to introduce this type of learning to our children in the community class, as it does need bigger involvements from the children, not to mention initiating the project which ideally comes from the students. These traits of working with the new format are varied from adjusting to different setting of community class, designing the project framework, adding extra meeting for some groups in PBL, etc.

In addition, the current PBL running in our program certainly need further assessment and improvement in many parts. Most importantly, the presence of facilitators which is volunteers are also taken into consideration. The well-trained facilitators in the field are our major approach towards the children and their project. Thus, working hand in hand with facilitators to record the documentations of each project and track the progress, is becoming our major concern at the first place. Lastly, we are putting more effort in equipping the team with sufficient knowledge of PBL by doing some research and learn from various sources.  

A Visit from Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Netherlands

Project Child Indonesia was honored to host students and teachers from Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Netherlands from Monday, April  30th to Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 in the riverside area of Code. There was a total of 27 students and 2 teachers joining the visit, and they stayed for a night in the local’s houses. Their coming to Indonesia is part of an exchange program with SMAN 9 Yogyakarta as the sister school.

Upon their arrival in Code, they got a chance to learn Indonesian Language before heading to the local’s houses where they would be staying in. They enthusiastically learned basic Indonesian vocabularies to be able to communicate with the locals. They then were split into several groups to go on a tour around the area, guided by our volunteers. The spots visited were the riverbanks, the traditional costumes rental, Sekolah Sungai location, and the community leader’s house. After the trip, they gathered at SD Jetis 2 to play traditional games from Indonesia and Netherlands with our team members and some children from the neighborhood. We had so much fun playing Indonesian games Gobag Sodor and Tug of War (Tarik Tambang), as well as a Dutch game called Annemaria Koekoek.

The highlight of the day was the Cultural Night. Our community in Code had prepared some performances on traditional dance and music. They gave their best in the performances, and we were really proud to see the children and community members including the parents and also the elderly perform with such enthusiasm. Afterwards, there was a fun dancing session led by the dancers, who spontaneously made dancing moves to some dangdut tunes. Everyone was having a great time dancing together, and our guests seemed to engage well with the locals during the event. On the following day, we painted some murals on the riverbanks in a collaboration with our friends from ISI Yogyakarta. Then we had a short walk along the riverbanks, before going back to the Community Centre for our closing ceremony.

All in all, It was a great experience seeing youth from Netherlands mingle with our community in Code. Seeing the positive result and feedback, we hope that our partnership with Haarlemmermeer Lyceum will last in the upcoming years. Also, Project Child is open for any kind of collaboration with more individuals and institutions to help bring positive impact to the community. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!

Olympic Games

Als ein Zeichen der Wertschätzung veranstaltete Project Child ein besonderes Event für die Kinder, die regelmäßig die Open Class besuchten und im letzten Jahr eifrig ihr Wissen über Themen wie Meeresschutz, Plastikreduktion, Umweltverschmutzung usw. erweiterten. Das Event „Olympische Spiele“ fand am 5. Mai 2018 auf dem Gelände der Strandschule statt. Wir begannen am frühen Nachmittag und teilten die etwa fünfzig Kinder in Teams auf, um sie später gegeneinander antreten zu lassen. Besonders das Sack-Hüpf-Turnier am Ende der Veranstaltung brachte den Kindern viel Freude. Einer der Gründe dafür war, dass sich sogar Mitarbeiter und Freiwillige von Project Child dem Spiel anschlossen. Das Gewinnerteam wurde mit einer kleinen Wundertüte geehrt und schließlich gab es für alle Kinder leckere Kekse als Preis für die engagierte Teilnahme. Project Child glaubt, dass solche Veranstaltungen den Kindern nicht nur unsere Wertschätzung für ihre harte Arbeit und ihren Einsatz zeigen, sondern wir verstehen es als eine Notwendigkeit, Kindern eine abwechslungsreiche und unterhaltsame Lernumgebung zu bieten. Alles in allem ist unser Team mehr als zufrieden mit der Anzahl der Kinder, die an der Veranstaltung teilgenommen haben sowie dem reibungslosen Ablauf der “Olympischen Spiele”. Wir freuen uns jetzt darauf, unsere Open Class während des Ramadhan mit einem neuen Programm, das speziell auf diese wichtige Zeit in der muslimischen Kultur zugeschnitten ist, fortzusetzen.

Olympic Games

As a sign of appreciation Project Child decided to host a special event for the children who attended the Open Class during the last year and were eager to learn about the topics ocean conservation, plastic reduction, pollution, etc… The event “Olympic Games” took place on the property of the Beach School in Pacitan on May 5th 2018. We started in the early afternoon and divided the about fifty children who came into teams so they could compete against each other. Especially the sac hopping tournament in the end of the event brought much joy to the children. One of the reasons for that was that even members of the staff and volunteers of Project Child joined to play the game. The winner team was honored with a small goodie bag and finally everyone celebrated eating tasty cookies. Project Child believes that events like this don’t only show the children our appreciation for the hard work and dedication but we understand it as a necessity to offer children a diverse and fun learning environment. All in all, our team is more than happy with the number of children who attended the event and the smooth run of the “Olympic Games”. We are now looking forward to continuing our Open Class during Ramadhan with a new program that is specifically tailored to this important time in Muslim culture.

Code River Educational Tour with ACICIS and Scotch College, Western Australia

On Tuesday April 17th 2018, the community we have been working with in Sekolah Sungai Code got a visit from students and teachers of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia. The visit was made possible through Project Child Indonesia’s partnership with ACICIS Yogyakarta, who held the visit as part of their School Tour program. There were 5 students and 2 teachers from Scotch Senior School joining the tour, with the objectives of hands-on learning in the Indonesian language and culture, in addition to observing and sharing about environmental issues.

During the tour, the student-teacher group walked around the neighborhood and visited several places, guided by team members from ACICIS and Project Child Indonesia. They came to see a traditional costumes rental, an art center where people display their handcrafts, which doubles as a dance studio, and the community leader’s residence. They had in-depth conversations with the community leader, who answered the students’ questions about river conservation in Code river and how the community tackle the problems they find in maintaining environmental sustainability. They also talked about the milestones Code community had achieved so far, including being the best administered community in Yogyakarta. At the end of the tour, they took a walk along the river to observe the disaster-prone area and directly see the Early Warning System that had been installed.

We would like to thank ACICIS and Scotch College for making this visit possible. It was a delightful trip, and we sincerely hope that the activity could benefit the guests with valuable experience, as well as impacting the community positively by giving insights and different point of view in solving their current problems.