Independence Day of Indonesia

Independence day has been a big celebration in almost every part of society and region. From the nation to the smallest community, we’re all joining the celebration. Every year the celebration in our communities is something we always looking forward to, for it is a good occasion for us to connect more with the people and bring the spirit of togetherness. As Project Child Indonesia work along 3 communities in Yogyakarta: Winongo, Code, Gajah Wong, we are delighted to join the celebration within the communities.

We tried to participate in the events by giving a set of presents such as school supplies and toiletries in all of the community we work with. The communities had already plan the events for the celebration which involved every part of the community: children, the youth, mothers, fathers, and even the elderly.

Furthermore, in Code, PCI join the event as a judge for singing competition and also drawing competition. Variety range of age group join the singing competition, and fiercely have a battle during the contest. It was a fun night to work with the people in Code. Meanwhile the drawing competition is held for the kindergarten children to show their creativity through arts. Both of the events arranged by the communities are successfully gather the community attention to join the event and to connect within their own community.

Last but not least, PCI with Code community held a cooking competition. The event was a success with 5 teams of participant from the community. “Healthy food for the family” was the big theme of the event, as in our community we always teach the children about the importance of healthy food. During the event, we provide the fresh ingredients for the fried rice menu, with no artificial seasoning and processed meat. Therefore, the event was the campaign for the healthy food to encourage families to eat healthier food by providing fresh ingredients for the the daily meals.

Semua Dapat Berpartisipasi untuk Mendukung SDGs

Sebagai tindak lanjut dari agenda Millennium Development Goals yang telah berjalan selama 15 tahun, pada bulan September 2015 Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa mencanangkan resolusi baru yang lebih universal, inklusif dan komprehensif yaitu Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) atau Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan. SDGs memiliki 17 tujuan baru untuk mendorong pembangunan berkelanjutan berdasarkan hak asasi manusia dan kesetaraan untuk mendorong pembangunan sosial, ekonomi dan lingkungan hidup. SDG nomor 6 bertujuan untuk menjamin ketersediaan serta pengelolaan air bersih dan sanitasi yang berkelanjutan dengan salah satu targetnya yaitu memberi akses air minum aman dan terjangkau secara universal dan merata pada semua orang di tahun 2030.  

Indonesia telah berkomitmen untuk mendukung Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan dengan diadopsinya sebagian besar target dan indikator SDGs ke dalam Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional (RPJMN) 2020-2024. Integrasi agenda global ke dalam RPJMN menunjukkan bahwa pemerintah menaruh perhatian besar dengan melegitimasi dan memberikan dasar hukum bagi pelaksanaan agenda SDGs di Indonesia.

Pada bulan Juli 2017 Presiden Jokowi telah menandatangani Peraturan Presiden No. 59 Tahun 2017 tentang Pelaksanaan Pencapaian Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan yang menetapkan struktur dan mekanisme tata kelola SDGs nasional untuk perencanaan, penganggaran, pembiayaan, pemantauan dan pelaporan. Dalam perpres ini disebutkan bahwa salah satu sasaran nasional RPJMN tahun 2015-2019 adalah meningkatkan akses air minum layak untuk 40% penduduk berpendapatan terbawah pada tahun 2019 menjadi 100%.

Perpres tersebut juga merupakan komitmen agar pelaksanaan dan pencapaian SDGs dilaksanakan secara partisipatif dengan melibatkan seluruh pihak. Sesuai dengan prinsip utama SDGs yaitu inklusi dan partisipasi, di dalam perpres tersebut dijelaskan pentingnya peran aktor non-pemerintah seperti ormas, filantropi, pelaku usaha, akademisi dan pihak terkait lainnya. Dibutuhkan berbagai platform di tingkat nasional dan daerah untuk mempertemukan aktor non-pemerintah tersebut dan mewujudkan kemitraan yang nyata.

Organisasi non-pemerintah memiliki peran penting dalam mengkomunikasikan SDGs kepada publik dengan membuat proses kebijakan menjadi lebih transparan dan mudah diterima. Salah satu tujuan dari meningkatkan kesadaran publik tentang SDGs adalah untuk memberdayakan masyarakat agar dapat turut serta dalam menyelesaikan permasalahan di sekitar mereka dan berkontribusi pada SDGs.

Selain NGO, partisipasi dari berbagai pihak merupakan bagian konstituen dari pembangunan berkelanjutan yang krusial bagi realisasi tujuan agenda tersebut dengan menggabungkan berbagai sumber informasi, pengetahuan dan keahlian sehingga menghasilkan ide-ide baru, menumbuhkan komitmen bagi semua pihak yang terlibat, meningkatkan kesadaran terhadap suatu isu dan memahami tantangan apa yang perlu diselesaikan bersama.

Project Child Indonesia dapat menjadi salah satu wadah bertemunya pemerintah, penanam modal, masyarakat madani serta akademisi untuk mencapai tujuan SDGs ke-6 dengan terlaksananya Drinking Water Program (DWP). Sejak dilaksanakan pada tahun 2016, DWP telah memberikan dampak positif terhadap 29 sekolah di Yogyakarta, 4 sekolah di Fakfak dan akan terus dikembangkan di berbagai wilayah di Indonesia.

Program ini menjamin tersedianya air minum yang aman dan terjangkau di sekolah-sekolah dengan dana yang didapat dari penanam modal yang peduli terhadap isu ini. Penyuluhan di sekolah mengenai dibutuhkannya akses air minum bagi seluruh masyarakat, pentingnya mendapat asupan air minum yang cukup bagi anak-anak, serta kelebihan dari sistem water filter dari segi kesehatan, finansial maupun lingkungan juga diberikan oleh relawan muda yang datang dari berbagai perguruan tinggi di Indonesia maupun luar negeri.

Agenda 2030 menekankan pada “integrasi” dan “kesatuan” dimana tujuan dan target tidak akan tercapai apabila semua pihak berjalan sendiri-sendiri. Pendekatan yang koheren dan holistik dengan melibatkan berbagai pihak akan meningkatkan implementasi SDGs serta berkontribusi pada koherensi kebijakan untuk pembangunan berkelanjutan agar tercipta masyarakat yang madani.

Kids Then and Now

By: Naya Fauzia Dzikrina

Of recent months, the phrase ‘kids jaman now’ has been one of the most (unfortunately) viral hashtags in the Indonesian internet universe. The phrase is commonly used by ‘older people’ to comment on children’s behaviour nowadays that are considered astonishing, weird, or even inappropriate. The phrase carries a negative connotation which implies that children today are growing up too fast and are basically doomed for not being ‘children’ anymore. The behaviours commented usually involve things such as children saying inappropriately adult things, swearing, dating, and mostly too much use of gadgets.

Although this phenomenon is troubling to some extent, let us take a moment to reflect on why is it that we (the ‘older’ generation) feel so compelled to comment and bring down these younger kids? Especially when we ourselves remember how annoying it was for us when our parents would give us the ‘back in my day’ talk. How do we gain satisfaction from scorning at children who (whatever it is they are doing) clearly do not know any better? And further still, let us really reflect on why it is the children are behaving the way they do.

A long enough reflection will lead us to the uncomfortable conclusion that we are really the ones to blame. Us laughing at children behaving like ‘kids jaman now’ is really us laughing at our incompetence of properly educating the younger generation. Children are observant; they are like sponges. Whatever they express must be a result of whatever they have witnessed or learned. It is our responsibility to make sure that they learn the right things, the right way.

Project Child Indonesia (PCI) works with and for children. Through fieldwork conducted in the three programs of PCI (Sekolah Sungai, Drinking Water Program, and Internet Literacy Program), we have talked to children from various parts of the city. Naturally, the children we encountered differ widely. But, through all of them, something was clear: they were all children, and they all possessed the same basic things that children across cultures or generations share: excitement, curiosity, and a naturally good heart. Project Child believes that no matter the condition or generation, each child is good and can be educated to be better.

The fact is, children of today grow up in the same manner we did. Like all children, they have instinctively learned how to utilize and mimic things around them, both good and bad. Since we are the older and (supposedly) wiser, we must take a more active part in assisting those younger than us to face challenges today in a positive and responsible way; be it facing technology, taking care of the environment, or simply figuring out how to best use their free time. Even though each program of PCI has its own focus, bringing the best out of children is the general goal that PCI works to achieve.

Times have changed and it is unrealistic to demand the children of today to grow up the same way we did. But what we can all do is change our way of viewing this issue, and not blame the children for being what they are. It is up to us to start giving positive examples.  

Project Child Indonesia held a meeting with Acting Mayor of Baubau City

On June 29th, 2018, Project Child Indonesia held a meeting with Acting Mayor of Baubau City and related Chief Department on the fields of education, environment, and health to collaborate in the Drinking Water Program for schools in Baubau City, Southeast Sulawesi. The meeting was held in Lakeba Beach Restaurant on June 29th, 2018, at 13.00 WITA.

Drinking Water Program is an educational program which provides drinking water filters installation at schools. Through this program, several chosen primary schools will receive installation of ready-to-drink water filters which can be used by the students at school. Besides, the program also gives alternative education on the field of health and environment for a whole academic year for the primary school students.

The program aims to increase the children’s awareness of the habit of drinking healthy water that is important for children’s growth and development, especially during their time at school. The program is also intended to reduce student’s habit of consuming artificially colored and sweetened drinks, and the high production of plastic trash. This is critical because Baubau City has ongoing issues on plastic trash and drinking water at school.

In 2018, Project Child plans on developing education program through Drinking Water Program for schools at Baubau City and nearby cities at Southeast Sulawesi. These programs will involve a cooperation with a few government stakeholders in order to improve the quality of education, health, and environment awareness.

We were delighted to see the positive response from the government stakeholders. Acting Mayor of Baubau, Dr. H. Hado Hasina was highly supportive of the program. “Any program that gives positive impact for the people must be supported by the government. For this program, I have asked related institutions to support the program. Nonetheless, the head of Regional Water Supply Company (PDAM) has also stated that his team will maximize the functioning of reservoir in Waborobo to help clean water distribution in Betoambari, Murhum, and Batupuaro.”

This is the first time Project Child Indonesia uses top-down approach with government stakeholders. The outcome of the project will be a model for our future strategies in expanding to other areas.