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.

Reference 

https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace#:~:text=The%202020%20theme%20for%20the,the%20face%20of%20the%20pandemic.&text=Join%20us%20so%20that%20we%20can%20shape%20peace%20together.

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.

Hello me! Let’s be Friend

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

I was born as a social being. Interacting with other people has become a demand even before I was born. In my toddler, mother and father taught me how to speak, the purpose of which was to establish communication with them. As I grew up, I was introduced to a wider environment. The school requires me to socialize, interact, and make friends with those around me. People say, at least we must have one friend who will always be there for us to survive. Where we share stories, complain, laugh, cry, do many things together. People said we can’t live alone. People said life will be lighter when shared. Therefore I was demanded from childhood to always be kind in front of many people. Gathering people who can be my “friend” so that I didn’t get lonely. I try to hold my ego to be able to apply the value of the “each other” words in a friendship. Share, understand each other, love each other, everything is reciprocal. But do you mind if I think a little weird and different from you all?

I admit that I am a social being who needs others to survive. But don’t forget the fact that humans are also individual beings with their interests and difficulties. I am me with my own troubles, pleasures, responsibilities, and rights. In my opinion, how deep we build a friendship or whatever it is, in the end, we will fight on our own behalf. I don’t really into the basic value of “each other” words in friendship. I know that my friends have their own problems and excitement, and I think i don’t need to add to the burden of thinking about the problem I have. No, that doesn’t mean I censure the value of that beautiful friendship. I cherish it when there is someone who always cheering for my joy and crying along with my sadness. But doesn’t it means that I also have to do the opposite to “repay” their services? This is where my problem starts. I was too absorbed in my duties as a friend. No, I’m Not pretending to be attentive, but I feel that I worry too much about people around me and forget about myself struggling alone.

But it’s never too late for this. I have to be able to endure the label of a social being as well as an individual being. I am grateful for the presence of my friends. They were very helpful to my difficult times and they were also happy in my happy times. But from now on I will start to befriend myself. Understanding, appreciating, caring for, and caring for myself who have struggled through the days after days that I could not even predict the good and bad. Thank you for always surviving in all circumstances, happy friendship day, myself!

Between The Environment and The Pandemic

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

In recent years many environmental issues have been called for, especially about plastic waste. Various trends have emerged ranging from the use of straws, drinking bottles, cutlery, and shopping bags that are environmentally friendly and can be used repeatedly. Making the sea turtles and habitats as the object of cruel attention to plastic waste that is not managed wisely by humans. In addition to the use of environmentally friendly goods, there is a suggestion for eating at the place / dine-in at the restaurant to reduce food/beverage takeaway and also delivery orders. But once the Covid-19 pandemic appeared, all the calls seemed to be forgotten. As recommended by the government, restaurants can only serve to take away and deliver orders. For example, what happened in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, before the implementation of the PSBB (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the daily waste volume of 7,500 to 8,000 tons/day was reduced by 620 tons/day. Doesn’t that mean the volume of waste is decreasing?

Overall the volume of waste has indeed declined, but there has been a shift in the waste-producing sector. Head of DKI Jakarta Environment Agency, H Andono Warihm, said that during the PSBB period, the volume of plastic waste generated by households was higher than before the pandemic. Of course, this happened because there was a shift in the consumption patterns of the people from those who could freely eat at restaurants or buy drinks with their drinking bottles, also shop at supermarkets with their shopping bags, now everything must be done online. Food and beverage delivery orders, online shopping for daily necessities, to necessities such as clothing and household appliances also require plastic bags or other types of waste that are not environmentally friendly.

We can’t just shut up and close our eyes knowing this fact, right? We must be able to pay attention to the environment while still obeying rules according to health protocols. The simplest way we can start in our kitchen. Cooking our food is the easiest way to stay concerned about the environment at a time like this. Besides, we can also pay attention to our daily nutrition intake and fill our free time during quarantine or work from the home period. What’s more, we don’t need to worry about viruses because we don’t make physical contact through any objects with strangers. But, we need to pay attention to food ingredients and wash everything before consuming it!

References 

https://www.liputan6.com/news/read/4283340/sampah-plastik-di-dki-jakarta-meningkat-saat-pandemi-coronahttps://www.aliansizerowaste.id/post/2020/04/16/menerapkan-zero-waste-di-masa-pandemi-corona

Education Over Pandemic

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

The level of the spread of Covid-19 which is increasingly fierce has made community activities seem to stop. The social distancing policy makes public places closed, including schools. The implementation of Pembelajaran Jarak Jauh (PJJ) policy is an alternative for all schools in Indonesia to be able to carry out teaching and learning activities. Various virtual learning features are developed and used by teachers and students to keep interacting and learning. But the government forgot that Indonesia is not a country with a population that has an equal economic status. There are still many who are less fortunate and cannot enjoy online learning facilities. Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency in 2019, internet penetration rates in rural areas are at an average of 51.91%, and in urban areas, they average 78.08%. The ownership of computers, which is an important medium for learning, is very low. In rural areas as much as 9.93%, while in urban areas as much as 28.43%. The Ministry of Education and Culture realizes that learning will not be optimal due to uneven facilities. The government has done this by providing PJJ broadcasts on TVRI and RRI, but that has not reached some regions yet. Their hopes in reaching knowledge seemed to bud because it was limited to learning facilities. Of course, this needs more attention from the Indonesian government

However, the problem is not an obstacle for teachers and students who are less fortunate with extraordinary enthusiasm. There is already a lot of information about teachers who go from house to house of their students who do not have access to online learning both television and the internet. They deliver learning materials following the curriculum to each student like a private course. Things like this need to be appreciated. Not just giving material to students, but there is a struggle and a burning passion there. Not to mention the distance between student homes that are not close is a big challenge. This is the picture of the educators needed by our nation today. Teachers become the second window of knowledge for students after books in the field of formal education. For those of us who are currently able to sit comfortably enjoying online learning facilities, shouldn’t we appreciate it with a higher enthusiasm for learning?

Reference

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/maj alah-52642997

https://www.kompas.com/tren/read/2020/04/18/140342165/kisah-pak-guru-avan-mengajar-dari-rumah-ke-rumah-karena-siswa-tak-punya?page=all

The Importance of Parenting in The Issue of Racism

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

At an early age, children will pay attention to physical differences, including skin color. Research shows that 5 years old children can show signs of racial bias, such as treating people from one racial group better than another. Surely parents need to be called consciously the following racism. Parents need to talk in a way that is easy-to-learn for their children to understand. Ignoring or avoiding the topic of racism is the same way as not protecting children. By choosing not to care, is the same thing as exposing them to the bias that exists wherever we live. Moreover, this happens to children who experience racism. If no one cares about this, and the child is not easy to tell, then they will be psychologically hurt.

  Through conversations between parents and their children, parents can help children to think and talk about racial inequality that is around as a step towards creating a more complete society. Children needed to be convinced that their parents would do anything to ensure their safety. However, the fact that some young people are less secure than others in the outside world because of their race provides the opportunity to teach all children about injustice. This is also an opportunity for children to develop empathy, compassion, and citizenship – learning about roles that can help their families in improving society.

But, we often find in Indonesia, in the region around us, parents protect their children excessively and make their children think and act as perpetrators of racism, whether through small things like speech to violence. A superior sense arises due to excessive protection. For example the assumption in Indonesia that those who have light and fairy skin are beautiful. This could also be caused by the historical factor of Indonesia which was a former colony of white people who were then considered as the upper class. It is difficult to leave this long-standing identity. However, precisely departing from parents, as the foundation of children’s learning, as much as possible parents educate themselves about this and instill teachings to their children that all are born the same. It must be declared that the difference that is present in their environment is diversity.

Parents must be able to talk about race and must adjust how they frame the conversation according to the child’s age. Children’s questions and problems will change as they grow. Adults do not always have the answer! And when children ask “Why?” It’s okay for parents to say, “I don’t know; let’s find out together. ” Children are observers who learn about how people work to overcome problems regarding racial problems and inequality. Use convenient ways to introduce children to various cultures and people of various races and ethnicities. Invite children to interact directly with a variety of people from various ethnic groups, races, ethnicities, cultures, and religions also foster empathic feelings and instill positive thinking. Explore food from other cultures, read stories, and watch films of different types of races and tribes. Parents also need extra attention to the content of bias racial in books and films and look for people who portray people from different racial and ethnic groups in various roles, consider stories that feature minority actors who play complex characters or main characters, which can be very helpful in dealing with racial and discriminatory stereotypes. Parents are an example for their children and an introduction of children to the world. Here it means, what they see and what you do is as important as what they hear.

References

https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racismhttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Racial-Bias.aspx

Skills for Resilient Youth, Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2020

Written by : Anna Safira Salsabila, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

The world is changing. There are more and more challenges to face and each day is different and with that means there are also a lot of new things we need to learn and prepare for the sake of our future. None of us know what will happen a month later or even tomorrow in our life. Preparing ourselves is a must needed especially as young people. That’s why every July 15th the world celebrates World Youth Skills Day to inspire young people to have acquisition and development skills. For this year, World Youth Skills Day is focusing on “Skills for Resilient Youth”. We all agree that this year we are facing the same challenge that is very new to everyone which is a global pandemic COVID-19 and lockdowns. Many aspects in our life are affected by it and the crucial part is our educational system. Since the pandemic occurred, all activities and work are run online which definitely limit the access to help developing skills. Many youth communities then create their programs from offline to online. One of the local youth communities that has such a program is Project Child Indonesia (PCI).

Project Child Indonesia (PCI) provides internship programs that support acquisition and development of youth skills. Internship programs give opportunities for youth to enhance their skills and passions. In the internship program we can learn more about Practical Health, Environment and Disaster Education, Creating a Holistic Learning Experience, Technology Education, and Volunteer Engagement by joining the Program Team, Research Team, Human Capital Team, Media & IT Team, or Partnership Team. This way, the Internship Program helps prepare youth to face the working world in the future by giving them experience in work. Even though we are in lockdowns, the Internship Program is held through online meetings so everyone can still experience the program at home. 

Help the Teachers in Need

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

It’s been three months since I am stuck at home, preferring not to go out rather than risking my health amids the coronavirus pandemic. I am very lucky to be able to stay home and continue my learning online. Since my university shut down its offline classes last March, online classes had been in full swing. My lecturers, although not many of them are internet savvy, have been able to conduct online classes without any difficulties.

Unfortunately, not all teachers, lecturers, and students are lucky. Many out there are unable to gain access to an electronic device, more or less accessing the internet. As students, it might be difficult to continue learning, but for teachers and lecturers, the inability to access the internet might cost them their life. There are many stories out there about teachers and lecturers that are not a permanent part of the educational institution. They work as contract workers, so there is not much compensation from the school or even the government if they lose their job.

These teachers are considered as public servants. They work to serve the public: students. Without them, many students would not be able to get an education at all. If children don’t get proper education, what will they become in the future? 

Teachers are vital to the education field, but also they are the ones who are hit the hardest during this pandemic. With the shift in learning methods and their situation of not being able to access the internet, there isn’t much hope for them. If they stop teaching, they immediately lose their source of income.

As privileged citizens, it is time for us to pay back our teachers. They volunteer to teach the future of our nations, it is only fair for us to support their efforts too. There are ways in which we can help:

  1. Write to the government

As individuals, we cannot do much to change the lives of those contract teachers. However, as an institution, the government surely can. We can always use our voice in this democratic nation to help increase the chance of livelihood for those teachers.

  1. Donate, donate, donate!

There’s always a chance for you to do good through donations. This is one of the open donations that you can donate your money to: https://kitabisa.com/campaign/santunanguruhonorer. No matter how much your donation is, it will always be useful and what’s wrong with sharing your blessings, right?

If you ever feel like you don’t have anything to do with the fate of those contract teachers, just remember the face of your favorite teacher. The one who helped you during your school years and educated you to be who you are today. Imagine if the fate of your favorite teacher is the same as those contract teachers, would you still be quiet about it? As a functioning member of society, you have received kindness that your teachers gave to you, now it is time for you to share those kindnesses.

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How to Help: Ending Child Labor

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

Do you remember your childhood? Was it happy? Were you able to have fun with your friends and family, buy toys, and eat whatever you wish? If yes, then you are very very very lucky. You are most likely the only one among ten children to have the privilege to do so. In Africa and Asia, the other nine children have to work hard and are often exploited as a laborer. These children have to work to support their family instead of working on their dreams. Often, they also become the victim of human trafficking and sexual abuse.

The issue of child labor has been nagging on our society for years. Without the proper surveillance and laws, it will be impossible to end it. As citizens, we can urge the government to create better laws to fight this issue. However, having surveillance and better laws is the diplomatic way to end it. We have to use a personal approach as well. Laws and surveillance will not increase the children’s life quality, it will only help against their cases. We have to help in bettering their education so that they have higher chances to be successful in life. Material help such as money and food can’t last very long, but education can. Changing the mindset of these children will contribute a lot, not only for the children individually but for national development as well.

A simple way that you can do to help personally is volunteering. Every child deserves education and if you can help to provide them with it, why not? Volunteering for an organization or program that helps to provide education for children such as Project Child Indonesia’s Sekolah Sungai is a very noble action. You’ll help to give access to education for these children and you’ll play a role in helping them achieve their dreams. It might be a small help, but it will give impact to the children, no matter how small. 

You can help, no matter how. There will always be a way that you can help.

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