Pemuda Dalam Geliat Keberagaman & Toleransi

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana & Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Tahukah kamu bahwa Indonesia memiliki lebih dari 1300 suku, 700 bahasa asli, 6 agama  (Islam, Kristen Protestan, Katolik, Hindu, Buddha, Konghucu), dan beragam aliran kepercayaan lokal? Keberagaman suku bangsa, budaya, bahasa, ras, dan agama adalah identitas bangsa Indonesia yang tak dapat dipungkiri. Oleh karenanya, merawat persatuan dalam semangat ‘keberagaman’ kadangkala bukan merupakan perkara mudah, lho! Diskriminasi dan kasus-kasus intoleransi masih marak mewarnai potret negeri ini. Riset Komnas HAM (2019) menyatakan konflik sosial berlatar belakang SARA (suku, agama, ras, dan antargolongan) berpotensi untuk semakin melebar, seiring dengan teguhnya primordialisme (nilai-nilai tradisi, kesukuan, dan kepercayaan) dalam masyarakat. 

Persoalan-persoalan ini sebenarnya tidak perlu terjadi kalau segenap elemen masyarakat benar-benar mengemban amanat dari undang-undang terkait, termasuk UUD Negara Republik Indonesia 1945 Bab XA tentang Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM), UU Nomor 39 Tahun 1999 tentang HAM, hingga UU Nomor 40 Tahun 2008 tentang Penghapusan Diskriminasi Ras dan Etnis (“Fenomena Intoleransi di Indonesia dan Kaitannya dengan Khalayak” – Kumparan, 2020). Namun sayang, aspirasi tersebut masih perlu diperjuangkan  oleh semua pihak. Tak terkecuali oleh kita, para pemuda Indonesia! 

Pada perayaan Sumpah Pemuda kali ini, kita bersama-sama diajak untuk mengenang dan meneguhkan kembali semangat pemuda dan pemudi pada tanggal 28 Oktober 1928, lewat sebuah ikrar fenomenal yang menjadi salah satu tonggak pergerakan kemerdekaan Indonesia: 

“Kami putra dan putri Indonesia, mengaku bertumpah darah yang satu, tanah Indonesia.

Kami putra dan putri Indonesia mengaku berbangsa yang satu, bangsa Indonesia.

Kami putra dan putri Indonesia menjunjung bahasa persatuan, bahasa Indonesia.” 

Sumpah Pemuda, 28 Oktober 1928 

Baris-baris sumpah di atas menjadi penegasan semangat dan keteguhan pemuda-pemudi bangsa untuk menjunjung tinggi persatuan sebagai cikal bakal negara Indonesia. Kini saatnya, kita, para kaum muda, merefleksikan kembali setiap memori, janji, dan cita-cita persatuan para pendahulu – terkhusus, di tengah banyak persoalan diskriminasi dan toleransi yang justru telah menggores serta merusak semangat dan tatanan persatuan.

Pada kesempatan ini, kami mengajak kalian, para pembaca, untuk mengingat kembali bahwa kita semua adalah putra-putri Indonesia yang bertumpah darah satu, berbangsa satu dan berbahasa satu, yaitu bahasa Indonesia. 

Baik dari latar belakang suku, agama, atau ras mana pun kita berasal, ataupun dari kalangan sosial-ekonomi apapun, satu hal yang perlu kita ingat: kita adalah satu.

Salam Sumpah Pemuda Untuk Pemuda-Pemudi Bangsa! 


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Getting Over Toxic Productivity

Written by Amanda Ramaningrum, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Have you ever heard about hustle culture? This term is common these days, especially among young adults. Hustle culture is a lifestyle that forces people to overwork as the way to earn respect, whether it be from others or themself. In short, this culture glorifies overworking. Sadly, this phenomenon is more considered to be ‘normal’ in this pandemic situation. 

So far, one of the most negative traits that show up because of this culture is toxic productivity. This can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, and occupation. Feel guilty for lying down all day and doing nothing for a day, getting anxiety attacks whenever you try to rest, the thirst to get more and more big triumphs to get validation from others. Working like there is no tomorrow– must complete all to-do lists, take all the work, even neglecting eating and sleeping time– overall, you must be busy. Cause if you’re not, it means you’re wasting your time. 

If you experience any of the above, maybe you’ve been stuck in what we called toxic productivity. But, even though we are more conscious about this trait, why do we continuously do that? 

It’s addictive

Well, getting praised and constant validation makes you feel good. Who doesn’t like that? It’s the same as posting on social media. When we get a large number of likes on one post, it makes us crave more attention– we will post again, wishing to get the same or more likes. 

It is natural for people to have a desire to be known by others, which makes us willing to do anything. Like humans, getting validation and feeling good about it isn’t wrong, your feeling is valid. Just, in this case, we gained validation through overworking that is not healthy for yourself. 

On the other hand, there are people who overwork themself. They notice the big progress after successfully completing the entire long to-do list. There is the satisfaction that arises after being super productive. It makes them feel fulfilled and proud of themself, and that is why it is addictive. 

The last type is people who overworking themselves to avoid problems. Being busy keeps them focused and makes them forget about their problems (that they want to avoid). The question is, until when will they avoid their problems? Working hard is good, but try to differentiate between hardworking and overworking.

Better you know, overworking to get those advantages is not worth it. The absence of life balance will lead you to more problems, and after the exhausting way you go through, you’ll slowly lose your closest circle, even the worst; you’ll forget about yourself. 

Oh no, you’re burning out

Constantly busy with no time to rest will burn you out. And the worst thing about it; it’s not come in one night. This will happen slowly without you noticing, and when you do, everything is already broken. It comes from the habits you build day-to-day, such as not having clear boundaries, sacrificing sleeping time, skipping meals, or rejecting a friend’s invitation to go on vacation. 

Slowly but surely, you will lose your stress management skills. Lack of motivation, exhausted all the time and feels like drowning in responsibilities. Even the things that were pleasant to you before didn’t give you any pleasure anymore. It’s a sign that you are burned out, and you need to get out of this cycle. 

You never run out of time

We always have time. Take a breath, and try to slow down. Enjoy the progress. A small step is progressing too, small things matter. There is a quote that says, 

“Don’t ever compare your first kilometers to someone else’s 10th”

Everyone has their own pace and so do you. Here are some tips to get out of this toxic cycle;

  1. Clear your boundaries. Put your mental health first! If you’re not in a good mental state, no one of your work will have good results. Rejecting some additional work, having a break from social media, or not working on weekends will help you to get over this cycle.
  2. Add self-care to your to-do list. Your body and mind have been working 24/7 for you, so add self-care to your to-do list as a form of self-respect. Pampering yourself, watching your favorite tv shows/movies, dancing to your favorite music. In short, be present and enjoy your me-time. 
  3. Celebrate your small win. All the work you’ve done takes a lot of your energy. Giving self-reward is a form of self-love, too. Enjoy your small wins. 

A little rest doesn’t make you less than others. In the end, the one who will accompany you to achieve all your dreams is yourself. So, take care and love yourself, for your sake too. Cheer up!

Privileged for Unprivileged

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

“Of course you have a perfect score and be the number 1. Your parents have everything that can support you for being so good.”

When I was 15, I remember that I said this to one of my friends who was the number 1 in the class.

I feel so sorry for him until now. For me now, it sounds so ignorant. Maybe you also have that kind of experience where you simply mock others’ achievements due to their privilege. It can be in real life, social media, or in your own mind. You think that because they have privilege, they can easily achieve what they want. What I can say is that you are just being jealous, you think that they live a better life than yours.

The discussions of privilege have been much talked about in society lately, especially in social media. From Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter, many people say that privilege is everything in life. You can live happily and successfully if you are born from a privileged family.

Before we get deeper into the discussion, let’s get to know first about privilege. According to Cambridge English Dictionary, privilege is an advantage that only one person or group of people has. If likened to, privilege is like the start line in a race. 

What we ignore about privilege is that all of us have already had it. Instead of minding what we have and doing the best from there, we see others’ achievements and be jealous because we think that they are more privileged. “Stop it, get some help,” said Michael Jordan. We need to start recognizing our own privileges and maximizing our potential. 

Privilege is really subjective. Each of us has a different “start line”. Each of us has our own advantages. Privilege can help you to reach your success, but it is not the main factor that makes you successful. It is your effort.

The Reality

In fact, privilege is a really complex issue. Inside of privilege, there is social inequality. Arie Sujito, the sociologist of Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta,  said that the problem of privilege and equality is structural. The burden from poor families will be passed from generation to generation. This chain should be broken so those who are raised in poor families can have the equal privilege to be successful.  

Now, let’s take a look at ourselves. “Am I privileged enough?”, ask yourself. If you feel privileged, good for you, now achieve what you want, and live a life you will remember. Then, why don’t you look around? Social inequality will always exist, but it is never false to help. Being privileged to help those who are unprivileged.  


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Rizal, J. G. (2020, 6 9). Privilege dan Pengaruhnya terhadap Mobilitas Sosial Seseorang.

Eradicating Poverty: How Are We Going to Do It?

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Each day, we encounter the familiar scene of people, old and young, roaming the tips of traffic intersections as vehicles were stopped for traffic signs. They are holding used cups, asking for little money: some coins. While thick dust tints their clothes and road pollution turns their skin into the color of smoke, their only gesture and glance appeal for pity from the commuters who are lucky enough to sit on their million-rupiahs vehicle. Not rarely that they are getting ignored because they are perceived to be communal disturbances. As the green light flashes, these people vanish to the obstreperous sound of machines, and loud honking horns. They, again, surrender to the edge of the scene, being muted by the city’s multitudes and its hustle.

This every-day urban portrayal is not meant to elaborate that the certain state of economic equality surrounding the less populated areas is any better, for instead, it is worse in number. In Indonesia alone, the majority of poverty occurs in the rurals and isolated areas. Compared to 7.38 percent of the vulnerable population in the urban areas, the rurals poverty rate has almost doubled to 12.82 percent (SDGs Desa, 2020). The limitation of infrastructure and less economic distribution might take account of the occurrence of poverty, in addition to worsening finance during pandemic. This picturization indeed brings the challenges to Indonesia’s ambitious national aspiration towards 2030’s vision of zero percent poverty in the rural zones. 

Well, before going deeper on this matter and jumping on how we need to eradicate poverty, first of all, we need to figure out what is truly defined by poverty!

Poverty, as a socio-economic phenomenon, might be defined as the people’s unavailability of resources to meet basic needs, which include food, clothing, and shelter (New Brunswick, 2009). The World Bank associates poverty with the lack of access to education, health, as well as protection from violence. These are all the factors which make the subjects affiliated with poverty to be vulnerable in nature, thus, urged to be reached and assisted. The complexities of poverty itself have caused its roots to be rather hard to judge – as its specificity may vary between subjects, communities, and states. Thus, relying on a single, universal measurement will be useless in explaining poverty’s roots. As per se, the occurrence of poverty in Indonesia can’t be judged with the same economic perspective and strategy as in the United States, right? Thus, the core aim should be directed to figure out specific approaches to end poverty for each community which will be diverse (and complex) from one another. 

Nonetheless, poverty remains as a global issue that needs our attention. It is crucial for each member of society to work hand in hand to help those in need in order to eradicate poverty. Thus, we are led to the next intriguing question: how are we really going to do it?

Hmm, actually, the main hope now lies in the central government and its policy-makers, as the United Nations alone has stated that the eradication of poverty is the subject of greater, macro-level pursuit. It is expected that governments around the world,  hand-in-hand, might create cross-border cooperation (e.g. international trade, agricultural cooperation, improvement of technology and education) in order to minimize poverty and its effects. Higher middle income countries such as Mexico, Brazil, as well as Indonesia, have proven that international cooperation would instead bring change to poverty in terms of numbers.

The capacity of us, the public, is pretty much revolved in the pushing for related agendas via mass-campaigns and aspirations delivery to the body of government, in addition to communal works. Because of the nature of poverty that is systemic and our certain limitations as civilians, it would be rather difficult to position ourselves higher than the government within this complex, structural matter – not to say that many of us still also face financial challenges from day to day. Meanwhile, for those who are lucky enough to have material resources, the utilization of jobs creation through the creation of new businesses, might be helpful to empowering those who are in need. So, prepare your entrepreneur skills!

In correlation with the significant numbers of poverty in the rural areas, the reliance on local agriculture products will indeed take account of change, since most of the rural economic circulation revolves around farmlands. Rather than to give more economic benefits to bigger food-supply companies, it is better to help the economically-vulnerable traditional farmers by buying their products, right? 

Furthermore, we might also comply with the utilization of civil assistants through further social works and community engagement that contribute to equal economic distribution for the vulnerable subjects. It might be done via humanitarian actions in the forms of communal provision of food, health, and education. Herein, our humane sensitivity, concerns, compassion, and privilege awareness are truly being examined!


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Why Diverse Representation in Media Matters

By Arlenea Halyda, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Living in a modern world of globalization and digitalization, we’re constantly exposed to various media such as movies, TV shows, and books, from all parts of the world. It’s becoming a part of society; a daily conversation with our friends, and even a haven for people who’d like to escape from reality for a while.

But in all the media you’ve consumed, how often do you see an accurate depiction of yourself? How often can you pick out a character from a cast and be able to relate to their identity or cultural background? Are those questions even relevant enough to ask?

The short answer: yes. The long answer: also yes, and it has everything to do with this fantastic notion called ‘diverse representation’. Before talking about why diverse representation matters in the media, let’s take a quick look at what diversity and representation are.

Diversity is the array of differences in human beings. It includes, but is not limited to ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, and physical abilities, among many others. These categories may intersect, and in some cases, it may be fluid, but one thing is certain: we all stand equal—no group is innately superior or inferior to others. Meanwhile, representation is how a media exhibit these diversities and fits them into a narrative presented to the audience.

Together, diversity and representation births inclusion, the involvement of diversity where everyone is acknowledged, empowered, and celebrated. Inclusion understands that everyone, no matter their identity, is worthy of being seen. Instead of merely tolerating our differences, we need to embrace the vast diversity within each individual.

Now, back to our initial question: why does diverse representation matter in the media?

Since media is effective and powerful in influencing the audiences’ minds and ideas, diverse representation would broaden the audiences’ viewpoints. Like learning history: you can’t look at one source only because there’s always another perspective waiting to be unravelled on the other side.

This is why direct representation—directly involving someone from the said diverse group instead of blindly thrusting a diverse character into a media only for the sake of diversity—matters. Certain things can only be told from the point of view of the person who’s lived through the experiences themselves. Otherwise, the true meaning and nuances behind the events or culture are prone to be lost, whether in translation or ignorance.

In addition to that, visibility in media can affect the way people see themselves and their culture, which is particularly important for media with lots of younger audiences. It tells them that people like you and I exist, and this is how the world perceives us. Having said that, it’s worthy to note that representation cannot be done carelessly. Thorough research is vital because how a group of people is portrayed is so closely tied to a sense of self and pride. Surely, no one would want to have themselves be seen in a bad light, especially when those ‘bad lights’ are a perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and stigmas.

So, how can we promote diverse representation?

If You’re a Creator

If you’re an author, director, scriptwriter, or aspiring to be one, you have an essential part and a responsibility to create more diverse media for the future!

Casting people from numerous groups who embrace a variety of identities is always a good idea. It may depend on the media context you’re creating, but I encourage you to include diversity whenever possible. Remember, diversity is a broad spectrum, so you have lots and lots of chances to include it! Seize that chance, and you might just open a new horizon for younger generations.

If You’re an Enthusiast

If you have no intention to work in media, you can still help! You’re the motor behind the media makers’ mission of creating more diverse representation in the media! You can diversify your media consumption by watching films from multiple regions (non-Hollywood movies deserve so much love, and there are a lot of hidden gems there!), or read a book written by women and queer people to understand what it feels like to be in their shoes, for starters.

If you’d like to take one step further, you can promote those remarkable media to social media to raise people’s awareness! Feel like there’s a piece of media that’s done an exceptional or lousy job at inclusivity? You can also send a message to media creators and tell them about your thoughts!

There are so many beautiful kinds of people in the world. Without our differences, our world would look so bland and colourless. Let’s celebrate diversity, and create a world where everyone is accepted and loved!










Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Written by Arlenea Halyda, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia


It’s no secret that our mental health is harder to talk about as opposed to physical health. Before delving into the why, let’s briefly discuss what mental health is.

Mental health is a state of balance in our emotions and thoughts, which affects how we think and feel and, consequently, how we act. Whatever stage of life we’re in, no matter who we are, where we come from, or our gender identity, we’re constantly affected by our mental state; hence mental health is continuously a vital aspect of our well-being.

Then, why is mental health so hard to talk about? Why does society often sweep it under the rug as if it’s something that can be ignored?

It can be because mental health issues have been considered taboo or a secret that one should keep. Because our mental health is so intimate and personal, discussions about it can evoke the fear of being rejected (which can feel like a personal offence), or fear of being seen and treated differently.

Unfortunately, avoiding discussions around mental health will only perpetuate the existing stigma and the negative stereotypes associated with people who have mental issues. It will also cause a lack of awareness and a lack of perception, leading to people quickly judging a person due to their mental state without registering that they might need help. Thus, a never-ending vicious cycle is born, where society let people suffer in silence with no way for people to speak up and no one willing to listen.

This is why conversations around mental health are important. It lets us realize mental health’s significance and how much it affects every facet of our lives. It also helps us to practice compassion and validates people’s feelings, whether positive or negative, without judgement.

So, let’s talk about mental health!

When talking about mental health, the first thing to understand is that it’s equally as important as physical health, and we should treat it with the same care and urgency.

The fact that mental health affects the mind rather than the body may make it harder for mental illness to be distinguished, but it doesn’t mean that mental and physical illness doesn’t have the same severity. Understanding this will prevent us from accidentally promoting damaging behaviours such as hurling words like ‘get over it‘ or ‘it’s all just in your head’, which can create barriers preventing healthy conversations.

A chat with someone (maybe your friend or a family member) can help us see things from others’ perspectives. It will provide us with the opportunity to reach out for help or give help, should they or we need it, and let them know that they’re not alone. A simple ‘How are you?‘ can go a long way!

Unsure of how to start the conversation? You can start by talking about how you feel and what’s been weighing you down (if there’s any). Even if you don’t feel like it’s a ‘big deal’, if it bothers you, then guess what? It is a big deal! No feelings are too small, and no concerns are too trivial.

Additionally, in light of the International Day of Mental Health, here are more ways that you can do to nurture your mental health!

Get Active!

Exercising has lots of benefits. Not only will it keep you physically healthy, but it can also help you concentrate and sleep better, which immensely improves your state of mind! On top of that, it’s a great way to channel your emotions and direct your anger or stress into physical movements.

However, being active isn’t limited only to exercise, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be an intense workout program or anything. It can simply be walking around your neighbourhood, jumping around to the beat of your favourite tunes, or dancing your favourite K-Pop dance until you sweat. Make it enjoyable!

This brings us to the next point:

Do Something You Love

What do you enjoy doing? What activity can you fully be immersed in? Doing activities that you genuinely love can beat stress and help you find joy in life! 

You don’t have to be good or an expert at it, you only have to love it! Sing offkey, dance offbeat, draw badly, play games even when you keep losing, write indulgently—who cares? The only goal here is to enjoy it enough that you can smile at the end of the day and forget about your worries for a while. If you’re ever worried about becoming too indulged that you’re not ‘productive’, always remember what John Lennon says: “The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time.”

Don’t Compare Yourself to Other People

If there’s one thing I hope you can take from this article, it’s this: please don’t compare yourself to other people.

You’re not comparable to anyone, and there’s nothing that can act as a measurement of yourself or your worth. Each of us was born in different circumstances, with different bodies, souls, and minds. It means that each of us has different opportunities and experiences! So please, please, please don’t compare yourself to others. It’s an insatiable act, and you won’t ever be satisfied with who you are, if you do. Moreover, what you see isn’t always as it seems! You’ll only ever see a fraction of people’s lives—their highlights and success and the parts they chose to share—whereas you see everything behind yours.

Remember, you have your own timeline, your own lane. You’ll get where you want to go, and you’ll find what you were looking for, in your own due time. You’re good enough, just as you are. You’ll always be good enough.

Hang in there! I hope this article finds you safely. And one more thing: if you ever feel like your problems are too heavy to bear alone, or if you suspect that you have any symptoms of any mental illnesses, please seek professional help! You deserve to get treated properly, and you deserve to heal.










5 Tips for Effectively Manage Your Time

Written by Amanda Ramaningrum, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Today, we live in a society where we are pushed to do things efficiently and precisely. Many times, most of us get overwhelmed with the tasks, cause we often tend to procrastinate and do things at the last minute. Then, why can’t we effectively manage our time? 

When you find the assignment is too hard, especially when it has a long deadline, then the chance of you procrastinating is increased. Managing your time effectively is one of the most important life skills, and sometimes, we just don’t know how to find the best rhyme that effectively works for us. Here are 5 tips to effectively manage your time.

#1 Finding your best productive time 

Each of us has our rhyme of work. Some people feel the best time to get their work done is in the morning, while others have their best at night. For example, my most productive time is in the morning from 8 a.m until late afternoon, while after that time, I need more energy to focus and it is quite hard to process heavy information. In other cases, my friends tend to work at late night and do their best within those times. 

Finding your best productive time can help you to organize tasks. Doing the hardest one in your productive time, will feel much easier rather than do that out of your ‘best time’. How to find your time? Well, you can start tracking your working time. Let’s say you are the employee, now between the determined working hours (8 hours/day, 8 a.m – 4 p.m.) what time do you find yourself the most energized? If between those times you can’t find yours, maybe you are the night owl, who works best at night. 

#2 Prioritizing your tasks using The 4Ds technique

Have you ever heard about this technique? The 4Ds technique is a popular method for determining whether or not work or project is worthwhile. According to Project Plan, This approach entails making a rapid decision on what to do immediately, either by doing it yourself or delegating to someone else, what to do later, or what to remove from your to-do list.

The 4ds of time management are; do, defer (delay), delegate, and delete (drop). With these strategies, you can choose carefully how we utilize resources to ensure that our activities are aligned with our bigger aims. 

#3 Keep organized

After finding your best time and prioritizing your tasks, now learn how to keep yourself organized. It may be difficult for you who work based on mood, but organizing yourself truly can help you to get out from sabotaging your time. Try to keep track of your to-do list schedules. 

Talking about keeping organized, I found a thing that may seem not important but helps. Have you ever felt ‘too much’ whenever you see your workspace? Re-organize your desk to look more clean and free, can help you to think more clearly. Remove things that are not related to your job or things that do not help you to be more efficient. Decorating is a good choice too. Add some dry flowers, or simply motivation quotes to remind you of your purpose. 

#4 Use time management apps

This is not essential, but if you are a person who has a lot of workloads/projects, using time management apps can help you to organize your things and time. I use apps to make my to-do list, especially if the work or project goals don’t meet each other. 

There are so many time management apps here, like Notion, Trello, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and so on. You can try each one of them to find which apps that suit you most. 

#5 Set your break time 

The last tips, and the most important. Set your break time. This will be a life-changer for you if you have not tried it before. For example, set 5 minutes to break every 30 minutes of working. Allowing your brain and body to relax for a few minutes will improve your productivity and be healthier for your mental health too. It will give you a chance to refill your energy, without losing your focus on your tasks. 

“Time management is life management”

That was it! Good luck on your journey to find your best time rhyme. When you can take control of your time, you can get on top of your to-do list. 


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Teacher: Becoming A Human for Others


Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Teachers will always have a special place in their students’ hearts and memories. They are the ones who show us patience as well as tough lessons, especially during our older days inside the school’s classroom. It needs to be recognized that taking care of children’s and (unstable) teenagers’ mess for a living is a hard duty and not every adult’s cup of tea. Therefore, the occupation as a teacher indeed relies on a genuine self-tolerance, sincerity, and deep root of life-calling.  

It is not too much to refer to our teachers as heroes without service marks, as without their selfless accompaniment and humble passions throughout our education years, we might not be able to be where we are today!

While, sadly, on the other news, do you know that Indonesia, at the moment, needs more teachers to serve students at schools? Based on the data released by the Ministry of Culture & Education, Indonesia will keep experiencing a deficiency of one million teachers per year within the next three years. In 2021 alone, there are exactly 1.167.802 empty positions of teachers that aren’t filled across the country. Compared to the previous year, the deficiency ‘only’ stands at the lower of 1.090.678 figures. This data is predicted to experience a negative growth, steadily, until 2024. 

The government has actually responded through its efforts to provide more support and improvements, according to the earlier, sadden national statistics. They are lawfully reflected within the recent government’s assurance towards standardization for public schools’ teachers as the implementation of Government Regulations No. 15 Year 2019: the same law which also regulates the teachers’ recruitments, so that the job of public schools’ teachers is now as equal – in term of security and wages – as any other civil servants’ formations. It is pretty good progress when you think about it.

The job of a teacher is now no longer as “scary” nor “less guaranteed” as it was in the previous decades. At the present, it is not wrong to perceive ‘teacher’ as a stable and much-needed job, especially in the midst of  rising demands of teachers to serve the young students across the country. The government’s rising concern for the future of education is now attractive enough to get more young, passionate teachers to serve the children in the country. Besides, it is also crucial to note that technology advancements (robot, computers) will not be able to replace this profession anytime soon, – like experienced in any other shorts of field – since being teachers not only involve intellectualism, but a good patience and sincere heart: something that can’t be found in any machine! 

Hmm, thus, have you ever considered pursuing your future life-calling as a teacher?

For anyone who answers ‘no’, that’s alright! Everyone has their own graceful goals and they are all equally cool!; but for those who answer ‘yes’ or a slight ‘maybe’, well, there are things to be spilled over for you!

Remember, being a teacher is not an easy task, and instead challenging – especially when you have to deal with dozens of ‘chaotic’ minds and growing young souls every day. The lives of the students to whom you give your utmost passions, sincerity, and time to are now relying on your sincere service. Only those with noble hearts, selflessness, and willingness to set examples who are worthy to truly involve their life within this profession. Beyond material security, national appreciation, and good future prospects, pursuing a career as a teacher means to fulfill the essence as a human for others.

What does “a human for others” mean?

It means that you involve yourself in the mission to create difference within others’ lives. This culminates in the arts of service which encompasses within sharing, providing, and creating. These three aspects intertwine with each other in the special duty as a teacher! 

Firstly, by sharing, it means that teachers selflessly share their knowledge to be distributed equally. As an educator, the main purpose is to make all the students be prepared enough to face the life challenges at the present, as well later, in the future. Within this case, not everyone has the same capacity and grounded heart to share their knowledge and intelligence – let alone taking it as a daily professional route. Thus, it is not wrong to say that the profession of teachers is exceptionally phenomenal! Beyond the mere aspect of knowledge, they also share ideas, experiences, and virtue that might inspire and stimulate the younger generation to engage with. It is also worth noting that the dynamic here does not occur in one way; the students also contribute to the sharing of their fresh and valuable point of view, so that a healthy and equal exchange truly occurs between a teacher and his/her students!

Secondly, by providing, you are taking part in the provision of the national education scheme. In a country which consists of heterogeneous populations who live spreadly in many different forms of regions, it might be rather trickier to pursue the national goal of education. Especially, due to the fact that every province has its own distinct infrastructure availability. This inequality is indeed a thing that needs to be addressed within our educational system. Within this situation, therefore, the role of human resources became more prominent at the front-line. Teachers are very much needed in the midst of lack and challenges in education. For those who still think on how to give their parts to the country, being a teacher is indeed a great calling!

Last but not least, the sense of creating. It might be correlated with what Soekarno once said:

Give me 1000 old men, I will undoubtedly rip Semeru from its root, give 10 youths, I will undoubtedly shake the world.” 

When a teacher spends their time and life-calling for the younger generation, there is always a sincere hope and optimism towards their students to be the next world’s agent of change. A good teacher knows that every student who sits inside their classroom, has an equal chance and capacity to be the next conceptor, innovator, and change-maker in the future. They understand that it does not always have to be done in a massive way as long as it is purposeful – because small things matter. This is the point where we realize that the job as a teacher is truly crucial for the bigger aims of humanity. Even though not directly, they will always constantly contribute to that urged creation of a better world.

With all the virtues involved and the benefits available, whether in the form of material or non-material aspects, have you taken a step back to consider your  life-calling as a teacher? It’s never too late to start your journey as a teacher to fulfill the noble purpose to be a human for others.

As Project Child Indonesia believes that ‘everyone can do good’!

Outfit of The National Batik Day : Menjadi Modis dengan Kearifan Lokal

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Seperti kita ketahui, bahwa aktivitas di luar rumah sudah diperbolehkan oleh pemerintah. Sekolah mulai melakukan pembelajaran tatap muka, beberapa kantor sudah mulai masuk secara offline, dan pusat perbelanjaan juga sudah kembali beroperasi. Saat melakukan aktivitas secara daring, kita tidak perlu memikirkan penampilan kita, mungkin masih memakai baju tidur atau berpakaian seperlunya supaya terlihat segar di depan kamera. Hal ini tentu berbeda ketika kita melakukan aktivitas di luar rumah dan bertemu orang secara langsung, terutama jika menghadiri pertemuan yang penting. Kita akan menunjukkan penampilan terbaik,  atau saat ini lebih dikenal sebagai OOTD (Outfit of The Day).

Istilah ini mungkin sudah berlalu lalang di linimasa media sosial kalian berkat para influencer yang mengunggah busana apa yang mereka pakai untuk hari tertentu. Bahkan, kita terinspirasi untuk membuat OOTD kita sendiri. Mencoba berbagai tren untuk menemukan gaya yang cocok. Memadukan berbagai mode fashion yang kita suka. Tapi, pernahkah terbersit di pikiran kalian 

untuk memadukan tampilan OOTD  kalian dengan batik?

Dalam rangka Hari Batik Nasional yang jatuh pada tanggal 2 Oktober, saya akan mengajak kalian untuk menjadi modis dengan balutan kearifan lokal. Sebelum membahas lebih jauh, mari kita mengenal tentang batik dan hari batik nasional. Dalam Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, batik adalah kain bergambar yang pembuatannya secara khusus dengan menuliskan atau menerakan malam (lilin) pada kain, kemudian pengolahannya melalui proses tertentu. Pembuatan batik dapat menggunakan sebuah alat yang disebut canting untuk menggambar garis dan titik, atau menggunakan cap. Kata batik sendiri berasal dari bahasa Jawa, yaitu ambatik yang terdiri dari dua kata amba dan tik. Amba berarti lebar atau besar, dan tik berarti titik. 

Pada dasarnya, batik adalah kerajinan yang memiliki nilai seni tinggi dan telah menjadi bagian dari budaya Indonesia (khususnya Jawa) sejak dahulu kala. Keterampilan untuk membatik adalah salah satu mata pencaharian dan pekerjaan eksklusif para perempuan saat itu, tapi sejak “Batik Cap”, laki-laki dapat terjun dalam pekerjaan ini. Pada mulanya, tradisi membatik merupakan tradisi yang turun temurun, sehingga kadang kala suatu motif dapat dikenali berasal dari batik keluarga tertentu.

Hari Batik Nasional adalah hari perayaan nasional Indonesia untuk memperingati ditetapkannya batik sebagai Warisan Kemanusiaan untuk Budaya Lisan dan Nonbendawi (Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity) pada 2 Oktober 2009 oleh UNESCO. Batik pertama kali diperkenalkan kepada dunia internasional oleh Presiden Soeharto saat mengikuti konferensi PBB. Batik dikukuhkan pada sidang keempat Komite Antar-Pemerintah tentang Warisan Budaya Nonbendawi yang diselenggarakan UNESCO. Pada sidang tersebut batik resmi terdaftar sebagai Warisan Kemanusiaan Karya Agung Budaya Lisan dan Nonbendawi. 

Our clothes are visual expressions of our personal identity, and represent an aesthetic dialogue to the world around us about who we are, or wish to be.” ―Sofie Nardhal, Editor dari Less Magazine

Kutipan tersebut saya ambil dari sebuah artikel yang berjudul Fashion and Identity: a lifelong relationship. Artikel tersebut membahas tentang mode dan identitas adalah dua hal yang berkaitan. Mode adalah identitas dari diri kita, siapa dan bagaimana kita ingin dilihat. Seperti apa yang telah saya tulis di atas bahwa batik adalah warisan Indonesia, pada momen kali ini mari kita mulai melirik keindahan batik untuk menjadi tren mode supaya warisan dan identitas yang kita miliki sebagai warga Indonesia tetap lestari.

Kerap kali, batik diidentikkan dengan acara resmi dan formal. Padahal, kita bisa menjadikan batik sebagai busana kasual yang kita bisa dipakai kapanpun dan dimanapun. Kalian bisa memadu padankan motif batik dengan busana kekinian yang kerap kali kalian lihat di Instagram atau Pinterest. Sebagai contoh, kalian bisa memakai atasan yang polos, seperti kaos atau blazer, dipadukan dengan bawahan yang bercorak batik, bisa dalam bentuk kain atau celana. Belakangan ini, tren menggunakan kain juga sedang marak dibicarakan. Untuk referensi, mungkin kalian bisa mengunjungi kanal Youtube Swara Gembira.  Mereka memiliki sebuah konten yang membahas tentang rombak busana publik figur. Dalam konten ini, busana bintang tamu akan dirombak dengan diberi sentuhan budaya Indonesia. Banyak referensi yang dapat kalian ambil untuk membuat OOTD batik yang sesuai dengan diri kalian.

Akhir kata, batik adalah warisan yang berasal dari nenek moyang kita. Sebagai generasi penerus, mari kita terus bawa warisan tersebut. Perkembangan zaman tidak akan menghilangkan warisan yang kita miliki, tapi membuat kita lebih kreatif untuk memadukannya dengan perkembangan zaman. Jika bukan kita yang bangga dan melestarikan batik, lalu siapa?


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