Online Learning, Is It the Future?

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many aspects in human’s life. The way we tread upon our life is way different than before the pandemic happens. The economic chain is disrupted, social balance is in a state of disarray, and the education field is rapidly changing. The future becomes more and more uncertain as days pass by.

Children who will take over our world in the future are becoming vulnerable as the education system is forced to change almost overnight. Schools have to go from offline learning to an online learning during the pandemic. While as a society we had been utilizing online learning for a while, it is all by choice. Those who took online classes or decided to enroll their children into an online-based school are making their choices based on their own judgement. Even so, back in the time before the pandemic, online learning was still combined with some form of offline activities. Due to the demanding protocol of physical distancing, such a thing is not possible to do for some time in the foreseeable future. Children are required to attend school online and there is nothing most of us can do about it.

Then, what’s the problem with online learning? If anything, most teachers are saying that the teaching system becomes more efficient as they become more connected to their students. Even the statistics mention that students are able to hold 25% to 60% more information by studying online rather than the 8% to 10% when they are studying in a classroom. Well, for starters, it is incredible for students who are able to afford it. Meaning those who have access to the internet, devices such as smartphones and laptops, and having no trouble in learning prior to the pandemic.

So, what is happening to those who are not so fortunate, but are required to do online learning? Most of them are struggling, of course. In Indonesia, based on OECD’s data, only 34% of students have computers to do their schoolwork compared to 95% in Switzerland, Norway, and Austria. In fact, Project Child Indonesia has been holding campaigns and opening internet data and device donations for those children who are unable to attend online classes due to their limitations. However, the lack of internet connection and devices is not the only thing that hindered some children in learning through online classes. There are children with special needs such as deafness, blindness, autism, and hyperactivity that just can’t do most of their learning online. They need a hands-on learning experience that stimulates them to learn.

Seeing the difficulties of online learning, is it here to stay for good then? For now, no one knows. The future is filled with unlimited possibilities, but one thing for sure, it will never cease to exist. In the future, we might have to balance both online and offline learning. Both ways of learning have their own positive and negative sides. It is up to us as the users to explore it and utilize it to its full potential.

International Day of Peace : Fight the Common Enemy

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

In the international world, for realism, there can be no such thing as world peace. Why so? Because in truth, the state is like individuals who have their interests. Debates, disputes, and even enmity will be very difficult to avoid when talking about interests. Even so, calls for peace have never stopped being intensified by various parties including the state, international organizations, NGOs, and even civil society groups. Therefore, the United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. With the commemoration of this world peace day, some hopes will continue to grow in the international order. The view on the day of peace invites world citizens to interpret differences in interests as a gap to create peace, namely by filling in each other’s void, not overthrowing one another. The theme raised by the United Nation this year is “Shaping the Peace Together”. Once again, every year peace movements were launched.

Talking about the relationship between the theme of the 2020 international day of peace and what the world is experiencing now, one straight line can be drawn. Since the end of 2019 until now, almost all countries in the world have been overwhelmed by the problems surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. Like a “common enemy”, the coronavirus has become an invisible enemy that all countries want to bring down without exception. Not without reason, this virus causes many problems in various sectors in affected countries such as in the health, economy, education, and many more sectors. All countries both large and small have fallen, without exception. Sounds bad right? But look at the other side. With the existence of this coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the countries in the world are one step closer to the word peace, even though in reality these words are still very far from being achieved. The existence of common interests, obstacles, and state concentration due to this pandemic has resulted in a lot of cooperation between nations in various sectors, especially health and the economy. The world needs countries to hold hands and get back on their feet against the invisible enemy, the coronavirus.


International Youth Day : The Future Is Us

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

International youth day is celebrated for some reason. Young people whose enthusiasm is very easy to ignite, are directed to good things that are useful for their environment. The theme for International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Involvement for Global Action” seeks to draw on how young people interact at the local, national and global levels in national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as lessons from how their representation and interaction in formal institutional politics can be of particular interest. significant. With this theme, we as young people are invited to be active in our environment in positive terms starting from the regional scope, namely the local community. The existence of NGOs which support the running of government activities with civil society and other organizations is one of the most appropriate places for young people to build bangs. As the title says, the future is us, young people. NGOs can be described as a “global network of opportunities”. NGOs are at the forefront of international action. Throughout history, when the Government has hit a dead end, NGOs have worked to solve it. Relentless advocacy helps support an international ban on landmines and cluster munitions. Your relentless urge to value gender equality, climate, and human rights. Once the influence of NGOs, it proves that through NGOs we can together build our nation for the better future.

The involvement of young people in NGOs has recently continued to increase as advanced technology can easily bring crucial issues to the surface. Youth movement through NGOs and the like to prove their participation in government whose main goal is to develop the country. Issues that are considered by the government, such as human rights, education, racism, the environment, and many more, are now starting to be discussed frequently and have even become the main discussion in government. The words “the future is us” are no longer nonsense. What we do as young people today will determine the future of our nation. For that, let our environment be active in the complex in our respective environment. Whether we choose to sleep, have fun, or just dive right into the problems around us, the tools we will get later. The word “young people” has the connotation of “making change” not “waiting for change”. So what are you waiting for?

Yuk, Beramal!

Ditulis oleh Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Setiap tahun, pada tanggal 5 September, PBB merayakan Hari Amal Internasional. Tanggal 5 September dipilih sebagai peringatan kematian Bunda Teresa, seorang suster yang mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk membantu kaum miskin dan terpinggirkan di Kalkuta, India.

Kegiatan amal (charity), pada dasarnya, ditujukan untuk mengeratkan solidaritas antar manusia dalam satu komunitas, selain juga untuk membantu mengatasi angka kemiskinan. Pelaksanaan kegiatan amal dengan dukungan dari berbagai individu dalam suatu komunitas dapat menghasilkan masyarakat yang lebih dekat dan berjiwa toleransi tinggi.

Project Child Indonesia sebagai sebuah NGO tentunya ingin berkontribusi untuk membantu masyarakat marginal dengan mengadakan berbagai upaya menggalang dana dari masyarakat umum. Di masa pandemi ini, semua lapisan masyarakat merasakan dampak dari goncangnya perekonomian dunia. Ditambah dengan kewajiban melaksanakan penjarakan sosial (social distancing) semakin mempersulit masyarakat yang pekerjaannya berpusat pada sektor yang membutuhkan kontak sosial. Tak hanya kegiatan ekonomi, proses pendidikan pun harus segera beradaptasi dengan pandemi. Sekolah harus dilaksanakan secara daring dan banyak dari orang tua murid yang kami wawancarai mengeluhkan hal yang sama yaitu terbatasnya dana mereka untuk membiayai kebutuhan sekolah yang tidak murah harganya. Kebanyakan gawai yang mereka miliki sudah mulai rusak, bahkan sudah tidak dapat menampung dokumen dikarenakan terbatasnya penyimpanan.

Project Child Indonesia tergerak untuk membantu anak-anak di Komunitas Sekolah Sungai yang terdampak pembelajaran daring. Oleh karena itu, kami menerima sumbangan gawai (gadget) bekas yang sudah tidak kamu pakai namun masih dapat digunakan, dalam bentuk apapun: laptop, HP, maupun tab. Kumpulan gawai tersebut akan kami berikan kepada anak-anak Sekolah Sungai.Kami sangat berharap kamu terketuk pintu hatinya dan bersedia untuk membantu kami menyediakan sarana pendidikan bagi anak-anak ini. Jika kamu ingin menyumbangkan gawai bekasmu, kamu bisa mengantarnya ke kantor kami atau kalau kamu tinggal di daerah Jogja, kamu bisa menghubungi kami dan kami yang akan datang untuk menjemput sumbangan kamu. Info lebih lanjut mengenai upaya donasi gawai ini bisa kamu tanyakan kepada Adjeng (WA: 089609326935).

Kamu juga bisa menyebarkan informasi ini ke teman-teman kamu, ya! Siapa tahu mereka juga tertarik untuk berdonasi. Everyone can do good, after all.

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