PCI Feature: Integrasi Hidup dan Kerja Menurut M. Abie Zaidannas

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

PCI Feature kembali lagi untuk menutup bulan April yang lewat dengan sekejap. Waktu yang cepat berlalu banyak dialami orang-orang karena waktu mereka yang banyak digunakan untuk bekerja. Oleh karena itu, banyak orang merasa cepat lelah, atau istilah yang lebih tepatnya yaitu “burnout”.

Waktu bekerja dalam satu hari yang paling umum adalah selama 8 jam. Durasi tersebut sudah ⅓ dari keseluruhan waktu dalam sehari dan sayangnya tidak menyisakan banyak waktu untuk kegiatan-kegiatan esensial yang lain. Namun, untuk banyak orang lain juga, demi menghasilkan uang yang cukup, banyak orang bekerja lebih dari 8 jam. 

Banyak orang berusaha untuk menyeimbangkan proporsi waktu antara jam kerja dan jam untuk hanya menikmati apa yang hidup punya untuk kita di luar kerja. Usaha mereka pada umumnya adalah memberi garis keras untuk memisahkan kedua aspek ini. Namun, menurut Mas Abie Zaidannas Suhud, jika kondisi mengizinkan, ada alternatif lain.

Work-Life Integration

Ketika diwawancarai mengenai menyeimbangkan aspek hidup (keluarga, teman, dsb) dan bekerja, Mas Abie merasa tidak bisa menjadi narasumber yang baik karena latar Mas Abie yang memang workaholic sejak SMA. Justru, Mas Abie memperkenalkan sebuah konsep bernama “Work-Life Integration”. Seperti yang dimaksud oleh nama konsepnya sendiri, alih-alih menyeimbangkan proporsi waktu yang dimakan oleh masing pekerjaan dan kehidupan, mereka justru diintegrasikan, atau digabungkan. 

“Aku tidak mencoba memisahkan secara distinct kerja dan tidak kerja. Ketika kerja, aku bisa jadi di jam-jam yang normal ini, aku bisa jadi nonton Netflix. Dan di jam-jam orang tidur, aku bisa aja lagi kerja. Jadi, instead of aku mencoba balancing life dan work, aku coba integrate. Ini satu konsep yang aku baru kenal beberapa tahun ini, yaitu Work-Life Integration.”

Tujuan Konsep Integrasi Kerja-Hidup

Tentunya dalam hidup, kita semua pasti mengalami saat di mana kita merasa sangat lelah, dan juga merasa tidak produktif, bukan karena performa kita yang buruk namun hanya karena tuntutan pekerjaan sedang tidak tinggi. Mas Abie menyampaikan bahwa walaupun ini tidak terlihat seimbang, tujuan konsep ini adalah mencapai stabilitas performa bekerja dan performa hidup.

“Garisnya memang blur antara life dan work. Kalau ditanya apakah balance, ada sense of balance-nya. Dan ini karena sebenarnya tujuan konsep ini bukan untuk meraih that sense of balance, tetapi untuk meraih performa optimum untuk kedua elemen agar kegiatan-kegiatan di masing aspek benar-benar produktif dan memuaskan. Di saat kita kerja, kita benar-benar kerja. Dan di saat kita istirahat, kita benar-benar istirahat. Jadi aku tidak mencoba menarik distinction yang jelas antara keduanya. Karena ini adalah salah satu prinsip dari Work-Life Integration, a good personal life will support your career, and a good career will provide you a good life, too. Yang satu men-support yang lain.”

Elemen di Belakang Layar

Ada elemen-elemen yang lahir ketika kedua aspek (hidup dan pekerjaan) bersinergi bersamaan demi teraihnya performa yang seperti disebut oleh Mas Abie. Dari sisi bekerja, elemen yang dapat mendukung kehidupan pribadi agar lebih baik adalah self-actualization, financial benefit, dan personal development. Dari sisi hidup, ada mental wellbeing dan health wellbeing. 

“Dari elemen-elemen ini, aku akan bisa kerja lebih baik di saat harus bekerja, dan aku akan bisa lebih enjoy myself ketika memang sedang waktunya.”

Namun, Mas Abie menyampaikan bahwa konsep ini bukan untuk semua orang. Jika kondisi mengizinkan, Work-Life Integration bisa menjadi sebuah pilihan. Namun, tidak semua orang memilih opsi ini dan bisa memilih.

Sebuah Opsi untuk Sebagian Orang

“Konsep Life-Work Integration ini bisa menjadi pilihan, namun bisa juga menjadi sesuatu yang orang-orang tidak bisa pilih. Dan it doesn’t work for everyone, for example, aku dan Kak Ayya (Surayah Ryha), executive director kita. Sebetulnya, aku dan Kak Ayya sama-sama bisa menerapkan konsep ini. Namun, Kak Ayya sangat strict mengenai jam boleh menghubungi kalau mau menyentuh topik pekerjaan. Dan selain itu, jenis profesi juga mempengaruhi. Mungkin, susah untuk menerapkan konsep ini di profesi kedokteran yang tidak membolehkan kita makan siang saat jam praktek. Jadi itu, tidak semua orang memilih konsep ini dan bisa memilih. Tapi, jika kamu bekerja di bidang kreatif yang tidak membutuhkan kamu untuk terikat di 1 tempat terus, apalagi di zaman yang semua bisa serba online, siap-siap saja koneksi itu 24 jam terus, tapi tetap bisa menjaga mental dan health wellbeing.”

Pesan untuk Intern Batch #33 

Untuk menutup sesi wawancara, Mas Abie ditanyakan sebuah pesan bagi orang-orang yang tertarik untuk magang di Project Child Indonesia (PCI). Berikut adalah pesannya. 

“Anak-anak magang PCI itu aku lihat adalah yang kerjanya mengandalkan kreativitas dan yang mendekati itu. Cobalah mindset ini: kerja itu akan membawa hidup yang baik dan hidup yang baik akan membantu kita di kerja. Dan coba jangan terlalu rely dengan mindset: kalau kita sedang menjalani kehidupan personal, kita tidak mau memikirkan tentang pekerjaan sama sekali, dan pas kita kerja, kita berpikir kalau kita sedang tidak enjoy life. Pada akhirnya, batas antara kedua hal ini harus ada, namun keberadaannya lebih baik tidak selalu ada. Lalu, PCI itu sangat fleksibel, yang memberikan kita privilege that allows us to have this kind of mindset. Fleksibilitas itu memberikan staff-staff kesempatan untuk bereksperimen, karena PCI itu bisa dibilang sebuah laboratorium. Jika kita punya ide yang bisa mendukung PCI in any possible way, atasan PCI akan berpikir secara terbuka. Contohnya adalah ketika Mas Fajar dan aku mikir untuk membuka sekolah sungai di sungai-sungai lain. Akhirnya kan, sekarang ada di Gajahwong, Code, dan Winongo.”

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021: Ensuring Workers’ Safety and Health amidst Pandemic

Written by Safira Tafani Cholisi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Have you ever heard of the term Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)? As specified in the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187), it aims to build a system that can guarantee the safety and health of workers in the workplace. OSH risks may present themselves in a range of forms, but a set of new emerging risks are brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With the pandemic, the workplace becomes a new hotspot for possible virus transmissions. Mitigation measures to address this threat are altering the common methods and practices of workers. One of them is the transition to a work-from-home policy that aims to reduce the number of workers present on-site while maintaining work productivity through long-distance communication and coordination.

This transition is of course without its own challenges. Quarantine and work-from-home policies have observably seen new consequences of its implementation such as psychosocial risks and violence. Working from home without the familiarity of a workplace setting and its defining characteristics like work desk and colleagues can potentially lead to stress, anxiety, and depression. Domestic violence has also reportedly increased during the pandemic quarantine as one of the manifestations of psychosocial stress faced by workers.

OSH risks amidst the pandemic can be even more threatening for workers in developing countries. 80% of workers in developing countries are estimated to be exposed to global occupational hazards (Khan, 2013). With the prevalence of the informal economy sector, many do not have access to secure and guaranteed social safety nets, including healthcare. A number of individuals had to continue working in risky environments as they had no other options to make a living. At the same time, OSH framework development in developing countries continues to be ignored in policymaking (Nuwayhid, 2004).

The International Labour Organization (ILO) first initiated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, 2003 to highlight the problems of occupational accidents and diseases as well as to promote its prevention. This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work adopts the title of “Anticipate, Prepare and Respond to Crises” and “Invest Now in Resilient Occupational Safety and Health Systems”, which calls for an immediate and proper response to OSH risks caused by the pandemic (World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021, 2021).

As individuals, we can contribute to the prevention of OSH risks by being responsible to our own roles in the workplace. We can remind our colleagues, friends and family, and our surrounding environment to work safely and know one’s work rights. We can also contribute to movements and campaigns that call out and challenge unsafe and inhumane practices in workplaces. Additionally, we can exercise our right as a citizen to demand our government to provide policy and legal framework that can ensure the safety and health of workers. 

As the pandemic continues to loom over, we can continue to collaborate with one another to do good and spread kindness as much as we can.

References

Khan, M., 2013. Developing a Safety Culture in Developing Countries. In: International Conference on Safety, Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICSCEPM 2013). [online] Islamabad. Available at: <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276488208_Developing_a_Safety_Culture_in_Developing_Countries> [Accessed 27 April 2021].

Nuwayhid, I., 2004. Occupational Health Research in Developing Countries: A Partner for Social Justice. American Journal of Public Health, 94(11), pp.1916-1921.
International Labour Organization (ILO). 2021. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021. [online] Available at: <https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/events-training/events-meetings/safeday2021/lang–en/index.htm> [Accessed 27 April 2021].

PCI Talks: Everyone Can Do Good

Written by Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Project Child Indonesia is back with another online webinar and this time featuring its Executive Director, Surayah Ryha, as the guest speaker. With the theme “Everyone Can Do Good”, it serves as not only the NGO’s slogan that all staff cherish but also as a constant reminder and invitation to the webinar participants to do good in any form. 

The webinar was held on April 20, 2021 and lasted from 15.30 WIB to 17.00 WIB. It was also supported and sponsored by To My Daughter, a jewelry company based in Bali that has a mission to help young girls in impoverished communities worldwide.

Brigitta Paula, the webinar’s moderator and Project Child Indonesia’s Marketing & Fundraising intern, started off the webinar with a brief explanation of the theme and the guest speaker’s background. Then it was time to give the spotlight to Surayah Ryha who not only shared information about Project Child Indonesia as an NGO, but also the back-story of why she started the NGO in the first place, what the slogan stands for, and the various positive impacts the NGO has given to its surrounding communities. 

Surayah Ryha started with sharing her eye opening experience with the Last Living Sea Tribe during her thesis days. She learned two paradoxes: 1) the people living hand-in-hand with nature don’t really care about it and it’s because 2) when their survivability is at stake, protecting nature doesn’t become the main agenda anymore. 

She also shared the progress of Project Child Indonesia over the past 10 years, dating back to 2011 when the NGO only had a single program. 

For the latter half of the webinar, Surayah Ryha mainly shared on the positive benefits of volunteering and the importance of doing good things as youths. She explained that by having young adult volunteers, the NGO is working with a privileged group of people that have the skill sets and knowledge to come up and realize social change. 

“Young people are also agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.”

Surayah Ryha, Executive Director of Project Child Indonesia


If you missed out on the chance to join our latest PCI Talk, don’t forget to follow our Instagram account to stay updated with future events! 

PCI Feature: Making an Impact by Online Volunteering

Written by Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

It’s easy to feel a little aimless amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re looking for a sense of purpose, maybe it is time to consider volunteering! You probably have a certain image in mind when it comes to volunteering: beach clean-ups or traveling to different parts of Indonesia to hand out social aid. Many of those in-person volunteer opportunities are tricky to do considering the health protocols, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make an impact. Luckily, for this edition of PCI Feature we had an amazing chat with Jasmine Azalia Daniswara on her experiences of online volunteering for Project Child Indonesia! 

An Impactful Individual

As a 6th semester university student majoring in Primary Teacher Education, Jasmine first applied to be an online volunteer out of curiosity. Spare time becomes a common occurrence once her university lectures transition to online-based. This makes online volunteering for Project Child Indonesia’s Online Learning Assistance program sound like the perfect opportunity, “Instead of constantly watching Korean drama when I’m free, why not utilize the knowledge I’ve been learning during university to teach the kids at Sekolah Sungai!”. 

With her previous offline volunteering experience, Project Child Indonesia’s online volunteering opportunity truly piqued her interest and Jasmine was set on gaining new experiences, “While I have the time, knowledge, and interest, why should I miss out on this great opportunity? It is such a positive experience, not just for me, but also for the kids at the river communities. There are so many advantages we all can take from this online volunteering opportunity!” 

An Impactful Program

Volunteering online isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when it comes to teaching kids. But it enables me to improve myself even more and ensure that I provide the kids with the best form of educational learning,” shared Jasmine when asked about her thoughts on the volunteering program so far. In addition to that, Project Child Indonesia provides the volunteers training beforehand that certainly helps with developing educational materials that can attract the children’s attention during learning sessions. 

Jasmine is glad to know that the children at Sekolah Sungai have diverse aspirations, even to the point where one of the kids aspire to become a Youtuber, “In my experience of volunteering, because it usually happens in remote places, the children’s aspirations were still very limited to doctors, soldiers, and teachers. I’m very happy to see that with this Online Learning Assistance program, we are broadening the children’s knowledge even more!”


She is also thrilled by the children’s enthusiasm throughout the program. Most of the kids would study until the very end of the class with no complaints and answered all the quizzes with the same amount of eagerness as the beginning of the class. “When I teach, the children are active and they even laugh occasionally. It makes me really happy to see their desire to learn, even though watching cartoons at home instead can be equally as fun.” 

Jasmine also shared that while we have the time, we shouldn’t hesitate on using it to be useful and make a positive impact for those in need, “Maybe for us, our spare time may not mean much. Yes, we can use that time to chill at a cafe, but wouldn’t it be even more amazing to do what we can and help others? Not only are we saving money, we also get pahala!” 

If you’re also interested in making an impact on others during these difficult times, don’t forget to follow Project Child Indonesia’s Instagram account to keep updated on the next Volunteer program! Don’t forget and keep believing that “everyone can do good”! 

World Earth Day 2021: Protect the Environment, Restore Our Earth

Written by Safira Tafani Cholisi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

It is widely known that climate change has been one of the most pressing issues of our world. Environmental degradation poses a threat to the balance of the global ecosystem that involves all kinds of living beings, whether it be plants, animals, and human beings. The deterioration of the environment also threatens the livelihoods of many, particularly those most socioeconomically marginalized and vulnerable. To address this problem, various actors across sectors have taken action and collaborated to collectively build a comprehensive response that can counter the effects brought about by climate change. Among these actors, private individuals and non-governmental organizations are some who have contributed to the mainstreaming of climate change discourse.

World Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, to bring awareness to the precarious state the Earth was in. It aims to gather people across the world to unite in acknowledging the importance of preserving the Earth and tackling the problems leading to environmental degradation and climate change. Ever since the day has been celebrated every year with various actions and movements to protect the Earth.

The 2021 theme for World Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth”. It signifies the collective belongingness we have with one another and the Earth as well as our responsibilities to restore the balance in our environment.

A few ways which you can do to participate in this year’s World Earth Day are:

  1. Educating one’s self on environmental issues

There are different environmental issues based on various factors and concepts, and sometimes it is difficult to be informed of everything at the same time. During this year’s World Earth Day, you can join online discussions and webinars which aim to discuss various perspectives and ways in which environmental degradation and climate change threaten our Earth. For instance, the World Earth Day organizers will be holding a virtual youth summit and inviting various youth climate activists.

  1. Rearranging room or house and identifying pattern of consumption

World Earth Day is also the perfect time for you to identify your own daily consumption pattern. You can rearrange your house and room and observe whether you have been using any items with unsustainable materials or those that take up a lot of energy. This is also a chance for you to see if you have been overconsuming by buying or hoarding items that end up being unused and left collecting dust in the corner of your room. Cleaning up your own space can also mean taking out the trashes and recycling those based on the suggested sustainable guidelines.

  1. Connecting with nearby communities

No movement will ever progress forward without the help and collaboration of a tight-knit community. World Earth Day can be a time for you to connect with nearby environmental organizations or events that aim to combat the effects of climate change. Some of the events that usually take place during World Earth Day are tree planting, community clean-up, sustainability workshops, and other hands-on activities as a first-hand method to protect the environment. Joining one of these wouldn’t only give you a new network of people who care about the same issue as you do, but also space for you to contribute to preserving the Earth.

There are still many other ways for you to take action during World Earth Day, but remember the most important thing: everyone can do good, and protecting our Earth is also one way to realize it!

References

EARTHDAY.ORG. 2021. Earth Day 2021. [online] Available at: <https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/> [Accessed 19 April 2021].

Perempuan dan Pendidikan

Ditulis oleh Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Di Indonesia, perbedaan kedudukan dan pembagian tanggung jawab antara laki-laki dan perempuan masih banyak berkembang di masyarakat karena faktor budaya dan kepercayaan. Sebagai contoh, anak perempuan dipandang lebih bertanggung jawab untuk mengurus urusan rumah tangga seperti menyiapkan makanan, mencuci, membersihkan rumah daripada laki-laki.

Konstruksi sosial yang membentuk pembedaan antara laki-laki dan perempuan pada kenyataannya mengakibatkan ketidakadilan terhadap perempuan. Pembedaan peran, status, wilayah dan sifat mengakibatkan perempuan tidak otonom. Perempuan tidak memiliki kebebasan untuk memilih dan membuat keputusan baik untuk pribadinya maupun lingkungan karena adanya pembedaan tersebut (Ainiyah, 2017).

Masyarakat memandang perempuan sebagai sosok yang lemah lembut dan memiliki peran ideal sebagai seorang istri dan ibu yang memiliki tanggung jawab untuk membesarkan anak, membersihkan rumah, mengurus dapur dan melayani suami. Bahkan di beberapa daerah, perempuan memiliki tiga tuntutan utama yang wajib dipenuhi yang dikenal dengan 3M, yaitu Masak (memasak), Mancak (berdandan), Manak (beranak/melahirkan anak). Namun, apakah perempuan ditakdirkan hanya untuk melakukan ketiga tugas tersebut? Apakah ketika mereka tidak menjalankan salah satu tuntutan tersebut, ia gagal menjadi seorang perempuan?

Jauh daripada itu, perempuan memiliki peran yang lebih penting dan lebih luas. Perempuan juga memiliki hak untuk dirinya sendiri dan memilih apa yang ingin mereka lakukan selagi tidak bertentangan dengan norma, hukum dan agama. Mereka berhak memutuskan apakah ia akan menikah, memiliki anak, karier apa yang akan mereka jalani, bahkan seberapa tinggi pendidikan yang akan mereka ambil.

Seiring dengan berkembangnya zaman, peran perempuan semakin berkembang dan tidak dibatasi. Dewasa ini, banyak perempuan mulai menyadari mereka berhak memilih dan mengambil keputusan untuk pribadinya maupun lingkungannya. Hal tersebut didukung dengan semakin berkembangnya paham feminisme dan terbentuknya lembaga-lembaga pemberdayaan perempuan.

Berbicara mengenai perempuan, salah satu sosok yang berjasa dalam memperjuangkan hak-hak kaum perempuan adalah R.A. Kartini. Beliau dikenal sebagai sosok emansipasi wanita yang memperjuangkan kebebasan, persamaan hukum dan pendidikan bagi perempuan.  R.A Kartini membuktikan bahwa perempuan bisa memiliki peran yang lebih besar bagi lingkungannya bahkan bagi bangsa dan negara. Perempuan memiliki hak untuk memutuskan pilihan-pilihan yang ada di hidupnya dan mendapatkan pendidikan setinggi-tingginya.

Sayangnya, meskipun emansipasi wanita telah diperjuangkan oleh R.A. Kartini dan tetap digaungkan oleh banyak pihak, masih banyak stigma yang bermunculan ketika seorang perempuan mengambil keputusan yang tidak umum di masyarakat, seperti memiliki pendidikan dan/atau jabatan yang tinggi, menjadi pemimpin, memilih untuk tidak menikah dan memiliki anak, serta lain sebagainya. Oleh karena itu, perempuan membutuhkan lebih banyak keberanian untuk memperjuangkan hak dan pilihannya.

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

-BrighamYoungs

“Untuk apa sekolah tinggi-tinggi, nanti ujung-ujungnya juga di dapur, mengurus anak dan rumah?” 

Pendapat tersebut masih sering sekali kita dengar bahkan sampai detik ini dan membuat sebagian perempuan ragu untuk melanjutkan pendidikannya ke jenjang yang lebih tinggi. Padahal, pendidikan merupakan hak setiap warga negara, baik laki-laki maupun perempuan, tua atau muda, kaya atau miskin, semua berhak menuntut pendidikan sampai jenjang yang mereka inginkan. Meskipun nantinya seorang perempuan dengan tingkat pendidikan tinggi memilih menjadi ibu rumah tangga, namun ia dapat menjadi seorang ibu rumah tangga dengan wawasan yang lebih luas dan terbuka sehingga melahirkan anak yang cerdas.

Hal tersebut didukung dengan penelitian yang dilakukan oleh Winarti (2019) yang menunjukkan semakin tinggi tingkat pendidikan ibu, maka semakin baik pola pengasuhan yang diberikan kepada anak. Semakin baik pola asuh yang diberikan, maka akan semakin baik pula tingkat kecerdasan anak karena keluarga, terutama ibu, merupakan tempat belajar pertama yang anak miliki sebelum selanjutnya melanjutkan pendidikan ke sekolah formal.

Educate a woman, you educate her family. Educate a girl and you can change the future.

-Queen Rania of Jordan

Secara tidak langsung, dengan memperbesar kesempatan bagi perempuan untuk mendapatkan pendidikan tinggi, diharapkan dapat mencetak generasi-generasi selanjutnya yang lebih cerdas karena perempuan merupakan arsitek kecerdasan generasi selanjutnya. Selain itu, semakin tinggi tingkat pendidikan seseorang, maka akan semakin besar pula kesempatan bagi mereka untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan dan jabatan yang lebih baik serta pendapatan yang lebih layak.

Terlepas dari persepsi masyarakat bahwa peran ideal perempuan adalah sebagai istri dan ibu, perempuan memiliki hak untuk memilih jalan hidupnya sendiri. Tidak semua perempuan siap untuk hidup bersama membangun rumah tangga, dan tidak semua pasangan yang menikah siap untuk menjadi orang tua. Oleh karena itu, biarkan perempuan memilih apa yang terbaik menurutnya. Sebagai manusia, perempuan memiliki hak untuk mendapatkan kebahagiaan dalam hidup dan menjalani kehidupan sesuai keinginannya tanpa memikirkan stigma masyarakat terkait keputusannya.

Kita harus membuat sejarah. Kita mesti menentukan masa depan yang sesuai dengan keperluan sebagai seorang kaum perempuan dan harus mendapatkan pendidikan yang cukup seperti kaum laki-laki

-R.A. Kartini

Sudah saatnya kita menghapus persepsi bahwa perempuan hanya memiliki peran sebagai anak, kakak/adik, istri dan ibu. Lebih dari itu, perempuan berhak untuk mendapatkan pendidikan tinggi dan mewujudkan semua impiannya sehingga ia dapat menolong dirinya sendiri untuk kemudian mendidik anak-anaknya dan membantu mensejahterakan bangsa dan negara melalui ilmunya. Seperti yang dituliskan pada surat R.A. Kartini untuk Ny. Abendanon, “kami berikhtiar agar teguh sungguh, sehingga kami sanggup berdiri sendiri, menolong diri sendiri. Dan siapa yang dapat menolong dirinya sendiri, akan dapat menolong orang lain dengan lebih sempurna pula”. 

Sebagai sesama perempuan dan sesama manusia, kita bisa saling membantu satu sama lain untuk mendapatkan akses pendidikan yang lebih baik. Untuk membantu mendukung kemudahan akses dan fasilitas dalam pendidikan di masa pandemi Covid-19, Project Child Indonesia mengadakan program Online Learning Assistant (OLA). OLA merupakan program yang dibuat untuk membantu anak-anak komunitas Sekolah Sungai mendapatkan dan memahami materi sekolah dengan lebih baik lagi melalui tutor tambahan diluar jam sekolah baik secara offline maupun online. Kamu dapat berkontribusi dalam program tersebut dengan menjadi volunteer, partner atau supporters dan berdonasi pada laman kitabisa.com

We believe that everyone can do good, and this time is our job to fix the misunderstood opinion about women’s education and bring the brighter future.  

Sumber:

Ainiyah, Qurrotul. (2017) “Urgensi Pendidikan Perempuan Dalam Menghadapi Masyarakat Modern’, Halaqa: Islamic Education Journal

Nabila, F. S. dan Jakaria U. (2020) “Persepsi Masyarakat terhadap Pentingnya Pendidikan Tinggi untuk Kaum Perempuan (Studi Kasus di Desa Curah Dringu Kecamatan Tongas Kabupaten Probolinggo)”, AL-HIKMAH : Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pendidikan Agama Islam, 2(2), p-ISSN 2685-4139Winarti, W. (2019) “Hubungan Antara Tingkat Pendidikan Orang Tua dengan Orientasi Pola Asuh Anak Usia Dini (Studi di RA al Karimy Kec. Kutorejo Kab. Mojokerto)”, PROCEEDING: The Annual International Conference on Islamic Education, 4(1), pp. 261-270.

Berbagi Bersama Project Child Indonesia di Bulan Ramadhan

Ditulis oleh Safira Tafani Cholisi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Ramadhan segera tiba! Bulan Ramadhan adalah masa yang begitu dinantikan oleh setiap pengikut agama Islam di seluruh pelosok dunia. Dalam bulan ini, setiap Muslim akan menunaikan ibadah puasa selama satu bulan penuh. Di akhir bulan Ramadhan, hari raya Idul Fitri akan menyambut umat-umat Islam yang telah menunaikan ibadahnya secara penuh dan taat. Namun, tidak hanya tentang berpuasa, bulan Ramadhan yang disebut sebagai bulan suci ini memiliki keindahan dan berkahnya tersendiri.

Tentu istilah dan kegiatan berbagi tidak dapat dipisahkan dari bulan Ramadhan. Tidak jarang kita temukan acara-acara seperti buka bersama, bagi-bagi takjil, sahur on the road, dan kegiatan-kegiatan lainnya yang khas di Ramadhan. Bagi umat Muslim, bulan Ramadhan adalah saat untuk berlomba-lomba melakukan dan menyebarkan kebaikan untuk mendapat pahala yang berlipat-lipat, termasuk dengan berbagi kepada sesama. Selain itu, membagi kebahagiaan bersama orang lain juga memiliki banyak manfaat bagi kita dan sekitar.

Berbagi dengan orang lain berarti kita ikut berpartisipasi dalam melindungi lingkungan dan masyarakat sekitar. Sebuah studi menunjukkan bahwa berbagi dapat menstimulasi produksi endorfin dan dopamin di otak yang berhubungan dengan perasaan diapresiasi dan bahagia (Harbaugh, Mayr & Burghart, 2007). Studi lain juga menemukan bahwa orang-orang yang sering berbagi cenderung memiliki perasaan bahagia dan bersyukur yang lebih tinggi dibanding mereka yang jarang berbagi dengan murah hati (Meier & Stutzer, 2007). Selama bulan Ramadhan ini, ada banyak cara bagi kita untuk menyalurkan dan berbagi kebahagiaan dengan sekitar.

Salah satunya adalah berbagi dengan anak-anak sekolah yang mengalami kesulitan dalam pembelajaran selama pandemi COVID-19. Akibat protokol kesehatan untuk menjaga jarak dengan satu sama lain, anak-anak sekolah harus belajar dari rumah menggunakan perangkat elektronik. Tidak semua keluarga memiliki kemampuan finansial yang memadai untuk menyediakan kebutuhan perangkat elektronik dan paket data internet yang bisa memenuhi keperluan anak untuk sekolah. Selain itu, keadaan ekonomi juga terkadang mengurangi waktu yang dapat diberikan oleh orang tua untuk mengawal dan membantu proses pembelajaran anak dari rumah.

Apakah kamu ingin berbagi bersama Project Child Indonesia? 

Project Child Indonesia sedang mengadakan penggalangan dana untuk Online Learning Assistance (OLA) bagi anak-anak program Sekolah Sungai yang mengalami kesulitan pembelajaran selama pandemi. Program ini bertujuan untuk memfasilitasi kegiatan pendampingan belajar anak-anak oleh para relawan, baik secara daring maupun luring. Project Child Indonesia juga akan menyediakan materi belajar untuk mata pelajaran matematika, sains, dan bahasa Inggris sesuai dengan level kelas masing-masing anak.

Jika ingin berbagi bersama Project Child Indonesia, silahkan melakukan donasi di halaman Kitabisa kami!

Selain itu, Project Child Indonesia juga menerima donasi berupa gawai bekas dan penggalangan dana untuk memberikan paket data internet kepada semua anak di tiga komunitas Sekolah Sungai.

Tentu bulan Ramadhan adalah bulan yang paling dinanti-nanti sebagai ajang untuk menebarkan kebaikan pada sesama. Seperti apa yang kami yakini, we believe that everyone can do good, and of course you too!

Referensi

Harbaugh, W., Mayr, U., & Burghart, D. (2007). Neural Responses to Taxation and Voluntary Giving Reveal Motives for Charitable Donations. Science, 316(5831), 1622-1625. doi: 10.1126/science.1140738
Meier, S., & Stutzer, A. (2007). Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?. Economica, 75(297), 39-59. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00597.x

Soft Skills: Essentials in Life feat. Mikha & Thoriq

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

All of us are familiar with distinctive skills or talents that people possess. There are those who can play guitar, those who can make a precise fillet cut on a salmon, those who are capable of whistling really well, and more. However, there are those with unsung skills that not everyone necessarily knows. These skills are soft skills. 

Soft skills are basically interpersonal skills that one possesses to help them in workplace situations involving other individuals. They are really significant considering many workplaces involve other individuals to get the job done. Seeing the vast variety of workplace situations and the people in them, soft skills will really come in handy.

How do we learn these skills? Unfortunately, soft skills are one of those things that can only be learnt best in the field. A non-profit organization is certainly a good example, as our fellow intern and volunteer expressed in their interviews. We’ve asked questions regarding their soft skills practice to both Mikha (intern in Partnership department) and Thoriq (volunteer in OLA program) and here are their thoughts!

A New Experience and Adaptability

Project Child Indonesia is a non-profit organization, which brings differences to the table that both Mikha and Thoriq had to adapt to. It is either in the form of the people in organization, the people outside of the organization, the tasks, and more!

Of course, to adapt means to learn-even from mistakes. For Mikha, PCI is a great place for him to ‘grow’. For his case, Mikha grew from the new tasks that he had to deal with being an intern in the Partnership department. “I have once made an error in forming the budget proposal of a program. It was an uncharted area for me. Not just that, to propose a proposal, to deal with PCI policies… However, with some corrections from my superior, I learnt how to do things properly.”

Mistakes are to take place often in the process of learning. However, aside from that element, there’s the challenge itself. For Thoriq, a volunteer in our Online Learning Assistance, it was the people. 

“Obviously, in this program, I had to work with new people. There are the interns themselves and the kids that I have to teach. In the process of teaching itself, I had to position myself in a position to understand and teach the kids well. So, I did. With that, the learning process was actually not one-sided. I also learnt along as well by teaching.”

Aside from the people, Thoriq also encountered other challenges as well. It may not sound like much, but weather can really affect the process of engaging the OLA program. “When it rained during the days when we’re supposed to go to the field, changes were necessary. Either we had to change the location of the class, or the time of the class, things like that. However, teamwork really can make wonders in this kind of situation.” 

Honing the Existing Skills

Both Mikha and Thoriq arrived in PCI already possessing a few skills on their own. However, as the two continuously work in the respective positions, they are enhancing their skills as well. 

For Thoriq, a lot of his existing skills are being honed during his time in the organization. When shown a set of soft skills and asked which ones are being put into use and growing in his time in the organization, Thoriq pointed to all of them. “Communication, organization, teamwork, punctuality, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, adaptability, all of them are put into practice while working in the program. Especially… Communication, teamwork, and adaptability.” 

As for Mikha, it is pretty much the same story. His time interning in Project Child Indonesia has helped him grow as a person. “From what I experience, I feel that all of them are being used. The work here requires a lot of teamwork, communication, thinking, and of course, an on-time manner.”

In the end, the two interviewees agree that PCI is a great place to learn and practice soft skills. Both Mikha and Thoriq shared a message for those who are looking to apply for an internship or job, not necessarily in PCI, but in every other opening.

Thoriq highlighted the importance of a role in a world of career and its requirements that you must fulfill. “Know your qualifications, jump into it, and do it. Commitment is also a must.”

Mikha also highlighted the same thing. “There will always be a position for you. That position will be the one that matches you the most, so make sure that it really does.”

World Health Day 2021: Building a Fairer, Healthier World for Everyone

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

World Health Day is held every year on 7 April with different themes. It’s aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO). This year, to celebrate World Health Day, WHO started a campaign to build a fairer, healthier world.

Referring to what WHO mentions on their website, this campaign started because nowadays, our world is an unequal one. As Covid-19 has highlighted, some people might have easy access to health services. On the other hand, some groups find it difficult to get access to health services due to their little income, have little or no access to safe environments, facing gender inequality, etc. Moreover, the difficulty to access the health services can lead to unnecessary suffering, illness, and premature death.

Isn’t it ironic? While some people have good health facilities with easy access, eat their favorite foods, and sleep comfortably in their house, other people are suffering from hunger, safety and illness.

Health is a right, not a privilege

Even though health services is something necessary, unfortunately it is not easily accessible by everyone. In Indonesia itself, health facilities and human resources in health services are not evenly distributed. For instance in East Indonesia, the number of health facilities and human resources in health services are more limited than the west. Research shows that the number of medical specialists and advanced health facilities such as hospitals or clinics are unequally distributed (Misnaniarti et al., 2017).

These problems are unfair, but preventable. That’s why WHO has started this campaign and called on leaders to ensure that everyone lives and works in conducive conditions to good health and able to access health services anytime and anywhere they need them.

Fairer health services consist of so many aspects. Nowadays, as the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine begins, we can start sharing more information and awareness about the vaccine. It’s our job to oversee the Covid-19 vaccine is evenly distributed and accessible to all people. Besides, we need to educate people about the importance of Covid-19 vaccine because 42,2% of people in this country do not believe in Covid-19 vaccine (Indonesian Survey Institute, 2021).

Health is a right, not a privilege. Hence, everyone should be able to get access to health services whenever and wherever they need it. We can maximize the use of social media to share awareness and informations about fairer health service and end the discrimination and exclusion. Furthermore, we can influence others to join WHO’s campaign and expand the information. With courage and willingness to build a fairer and healthier world for everyone around us, we can start a small step to make this happen. Small steps will lead to bigger action, isn’t it?

Another thing we can do if we have free time and “willingness” is volunteering. We can volunteer in various organizations either government organizations or non-government organizations in the health sector to help people get their right of health. You can find the organizations on indorelawan.org or join the nearest organizations in your region. Besides helping others, you can also get useful experiences that will certainly help you in the future.

We also can contribute to build a fairer and healthier world for everyone by donating to fundraising that focuses on the health sector. In most cases, the donation will be distributed to help people personally or to improve health services in areas that are rarely reached by the government. Or maybe, you want to start your own organizations and fundraising? It would be great!

We believe everyone can do good, including you. No matter what way you choose, or how big the steps that you take, it still gives an impact to our world. The future is in your hands. 

Source:

https://www.liputan6.com/news/read/4489806/survei-lsi-424-persen-masyarakat-tak-percaya-vaksin-covid-19

Misnaniarti et al. 2017. Ketersediaan Fasilitas dan Tenaga Kesehatan Dalam Mendukung Cakupan Semesta Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional. Jurnal Penelitian dan Pengembangan Pelayanan Kesehatan. 1(1)

Understanding Types of Learning to Support Children’s Education

Written by Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Education is a powerful key that unlocks many doors, such as development and closing the gap in social inequality. This makes every child, including ones at most disadvantaged, have the right to an education due to its power in changing lives. But it is also important to know and understand the different types of learning we can provide to children in order to give them the best start in life. 

Formal Learning

This the most common way of learning, may it be from a public or private school, for children to receive their education systematically. In Indonesia, the Minister of Education and Culture arranges the national curriculum that changes within 2-5 years. According to Quipper (2020), the latest one or also called as K-13 (Kurikulum 2013) emphasizes competence based on student’s attitudes, skills, and knowledge. On top of that, teachers are expected to encourage students to make observations, be more proactive towards students, and be up to date with the rapid development of technology. 

Because formal learning consists of a structured model with its rigid curriculum, some consider it as an intentional learning from the learner’s perspective. This type of learning will usually lead to earning degrees and completing every school grade. Gradually it can be difficult to keep students engaged and eager to keep on excelling. Which is why it is good to combine with other types of learning to maintain children’s motivation level to help them throughout their educational journey. 

Informal Learning

Children can also keep on learning outside of the traditional classroom. It ranges from after-school programs, class field trips, and even daily life experiences. Oftentimes informal learning makes students learn things without even realizing. Nowadays, it is common to find children being able to speak a new language just from watching videos on social media or international movies. Because informal learning takes place in a contextual environment and usually from experiences, children become more curious and get a better understanding of things that can occur throughout their daily life. 

Informal learning can also be spontaneous and happens anytime and anywhere. This is why we need to supervise children’s learning as often as possible to help maintain their educational course within a particular context. 

“VARK” Learning

The acronym “VARK” is used to describe four learning methods studied by Neil D. Fleming and Coleen E. Mills in 1992 (The University of Kansas, n.d.). “V” stands for Visual Learners that describes students who learn best when their educational materials are presented in a graphic form. A fun way to incorporate this learning method for children is by watching videos, making a mind-map, and using colorful markers & pens. 

“A” stands for Auditory Learners in which students learn more successfully by hearing their educational materials and participating in group activities through vocal discussions. An easy way to help auditory children is by reading their textbooks out loud to them in a quiet studying space.

Meanwhile the “R” stands for Reading/Writing Learners. These students learn best when their educational materials are presented in the form of written words. May it be through handouts, PowerPoint slides, or textbooks, children who are reading/writing learners love to read and write what they’ve learned. 

Lastly, the “K” stands for Kinesthetic Learners. They love to participate and need to take a physically active role. Because they can be quite active, they may have a more difficult time when learning in a traditional classroom setting. To motivate children who are kinesthetic learners, we can invite them to go on a trip to the museum to learn history, use flashcards for subjects like math and English, or do a hands-on observation and test when learning scientific subjects. 

Everyone can do good

Learning is not a competition. Some people are more privileged than others, but that doesn’t mean those who are in need have less worth. We can all strive to help one another especially children in marginalized communities. Every child has their own unique learning method. It is important for us to understand which method is more suitable to ensure an efficient learning process. Support their educational needs by donating to our online fundraising page for our Online Learning Assistance program to offer a helping hand for children at Sungai Code, Sungai Winongo and Sungai Gajahwong during the pandemic.