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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].

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].

Volunteer dan Internship, Why Not?

Ditulis oleh Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Pernahkah kalian bergabung menjadi volunteer saat kuliah? atau menjadi anak magang? Hmm, mungkin sebagian mahasiswa bertanya-tanya, kenapa harus menjadi volunteer? Apa sih pentingnya magang? Unpaid pula. Nanti juga setelah lulus juga kerja.

Okay, so, we will talk about those topics yang juga merupakan tema dari PCI Talks vol.2, College Experience: Volunteer and Internship, bersama dengan Kak Abie dan Kak Fajar yang merupakan “alumni” volunteer dan internship Project Child Indonesia. Singkat mengenai PCI Talks, PCI Talks merupakan program webinar yang diselenggaarakan oleh Departemen Partnership Project Child Indonesia dan disponsori oleh To My Doughter (TMD). PCI Talks vol. 2 yang dilaksanakan pada tanggal 26 Maret 2021 lalu, membahas mengenai pengalaman-pengalaman Kak Abie dan Kak Fajar saat menjadi volunter dan menjalani internship di Project Child Indonesia serta pentingnya pengalaman tersebut untuk dunia kerja yang tentunya bisa menjadi bahan pertimbangan untuk kita semua.

Mengapa harus menjadi volunteer?

Semua yang manusia lakukan, kecerdasan yang manusia miliki bisa digantikan oleh mesin, terkecuali empati.

-Abie Zaidannas Suhud

Mengapa harus menjadi volunteer? Jawabannya mungkin akan berbeda untuk setiap orang. Namun bagi Kak Abie dan Kak Fajar, dengan menjadi volunteer kita diajarkan untuk lebih berempati, solutif dan merupakan proses untuk dapat membantu orang lain sekaligus mengenal diri sendiri. 

Rasa empati sangat diperlukan untuk membangun hubungan sosial. Dengan empati, kita bisa ikut memahami dan merasakan apa yang orang lain rasakan sehingga kita bisa lebih tepat dalam memberikan masukan dan solusi. Ketika kita menjadi volunteer, besar peluang kita akan bertemu dengan orang-orang yang tidak mendapatkan privilege sebesar yang kita peroleh sehingga dapat memunculkan keinginan untuk berkontribusi membantu meringankan beban-beban yang mereka miliki seperti yang dirasakan oleh Kak Fajar. Keuntungan lain ketika menjadi volunteer adalah bertemu dengan berbagai macam karakteristik individu, baik yang berbeda agama, budaya, bahkan bahasa. Hal tersebut meningkatkan kemampuan kita untuk beradaptasi dengan orang baru dan menjadi lebih toleran.

Apakah wajib mengikuti kegiatan volunteer saat kuliah? Tentu tidak. Namun, menjadi volunteer bisa menjadi salah satu alternatif untuk menemukan apa yang kalian sukai, atau sebaliknya, kalian bisa menjadi volunteer karena hal-hal yang kita sukai. Sebagian dari kita mungkin senang bertemu dan bermain dengan anak-anak seperti Kak Abie dan juga memiliki ketertarikan pada pendidikan, sebagiannya lagi memiliki ketertarikan menjadi relawan untuk korban bencana alam seperti Kak Fajar, dan sebagian lainnya mungkin belum menemukan apa yang disukai, but it’s okay. Kita bisa mencoba banyak hal baru untuk memperluas zona nyaman kita bukan? Coba saja dulu, siapa tau kita temukan hal-hal menarik dan menyenangkan saat menjadi volunteer?

Selagi ada kesempatan dan kalian memiliki privilege untuk mengeksplor banyak hal, lakuin aja dulu. Karena saat menjadi volunteer, selain kalian membantu orang lain, kalian juga berproses untuk semakin mengenal diri sendiri.

-Septian Fajar

Apakah internship itu penting?

Penting atau tidaknya suatu kegiatan tergantung pada skala prioritas dari masing-masing individu. Internship atau magang bisa menjadi penting untuk sebagian mahasiswa karena ketika kita mengikuti kegiatan magang, maka kita akan mendapatkan pengalaman bekerja langsung dilapangan yang tidak bisa kita peroleh di kehidupan kampus. Ketika kita terjun langsung dilapangan, kita tidak jarang menemukan masalah-masalah yang harus segera diatasi dan dicari solusinya sehingga dapat meningkatkan kemampuan problem solving seseorang. 

Kemampuan tersebut sangat penting karena seperti yang Kak Fajar ceritakan dalam PCI Talks vol.2. Saat menjalani wawancara untuk melamar pekerjaan, pertanyaan yang ditanyakan bukan hanya pertanyaan umum seperti “kamu akan melihat dirimu 5 tahun lagi seperti apa”, akan tetapi lebih sering pertanyaan-pertanyaan mengenai problem solving. Untuk dapat menjawab pertanyaan tersebut, dibutuhkan pengalaman nyata yang setidaknya hampir mirip dengan masalah-masalah yang ditanyakan oleh perusahaan dan dapat kita peroleh ketika kita pernah terjun langsung dilapangan seperti saat menjadi volunteer atau internship di suatu organisasi atau perusahaan.

Selain itu, tidak menutup kemungkinan jika pekerjaan kita di masa depan akan sesuai dengan apa yg kita kerjakan saat menjalani internship, seperti yang dialami oleh Kak Sabrina, salah satu “alumni”  internship di PCI sekaligus audience di PCI TALKS vol. 2.

Sebagian perusahaan atau organisasi memang mengadakan program internship secara unpaid dan hal tersebut menjadi pertimbangan untuk beberapa orang. Tentu saja karena semua orang di dunia ini membutuhkan uang untuk bertahan hidup. Namun, adakalanya mendapatkan pengalaman lebih berharga dari pada mendapatkan gaji. 

The keys are earning, learning and networking. Learning dan networking akan mengarahkan kita ke earning.

-Abie Zaidannas Suhud

Seperti pesan dari Kak Abie, 3 hal yang paling penting untuk dipertimbangkan ketika memilih sesuatu adalah earning, learning dan networking. Namun learning dan networking akan mengarahkan kita pada earning di masa yang akan datang. Ketika kita mengikuti program internship, mungkin kita tidak akan mendapatkan sisi ‘earning’ apabila perusahaan atau organisasi yang kita pilih tidak memberikan fasilitas tersebut. Namun ‘learning’ dan ‘networking’ akan selalu bisa kita peroleh asal kita mau mengetuk pintu serta belajar dan menanyakan pertanyaan yang tepat. Kita mungkin tidak mendapatkan hasilnya secara langsung, tapi siapa yang tau apa yang akan terjadi di hari esok, bulan depan, atau 10 tahun lagi? The tree takes time to grow and bear fruit, isn’t it?.

Tak perlu tunggu hebat, untuk berani memulai apa yang kau impikan

-Terhebat, Coboy Junior

Beberapa dari kita mungkin ada yang merasa ragu untuk mencoba bergabung dalam kegiatan volunteer dan internship karena merasa tidak memiliki basic yang matang. Tapi, siapa orang yang tidak pernah merasa ragu di dunia ini? Just start today, mulailah melangkah melakukan sesuatu yang bisa mendekatkan kita ke impian kita karena kita tidak perlu menjadi sempurna saat memulai. Nikmati prosesnya serta belajar dari kesalahan dan lingkungan sekitar. Sejalan dengan apa yang diungkapkan Kak Abie, ketika kita masih muda, resiko yang kita dapatkan saat membuat kesalahan akan lebih sedikit. So, jangan takut untuk mencoba banyak hal yang kalian ingin coba!

Just do it! Kalau tidak sekarang, kapan lagi? Mumpung masih ada kesempatannya. Bisa jadi, saat menjadi volunteer, kita bisa menemukan hal yang benar-benar kita nyaman dan sukai. Kita juga bisa mendapatkan kenalan baru, sahabat baru dan mungkin saja mereka yang kita temui saat volunteer dan internship adalah rekan kerja kita di masa yang akan datang seperti yang dialami oleh Kak Abie dan Kak Fajar. Selain itu, tidak menutup kemungkinan ketika kita menjadi volunteer dan intern, secara tidak langsung kita membantu orang-orang yg tidak seberuntung kita untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang tidak mereka dapatkan sebelumnya, seperti pendidikan, kesehatan, rasa aman dan lainnya.

Just do good then you will get good. 

Untuk teman-teman yang memiliki ketertarikan terhadap bidang pendidikan dan senang bertemu dan berinteraksi dengan anak-anak, Project Child Indonesia bisa menjadi wadah yang tepat untuk memulai langkah baru. Project Child Indonesia membuka pendaftaran volunteer dan internship yang terbuka untuk seluruh Indonesia. Kalaupun internship dan volunter bukanlah hal yang teman-teman sukai namun ingin berkontribusi untuk membantu pendidikan anak-anak, kalian juga bisa mendonasikan sebagian uang saku kalian di kitabisa.com. Everyone can do good, no matter what you are interest in or how big the impact that you bring. The choice is yours.

PCI Talks: Studi di Luar Negeri 101

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, content writer intern of Project Child Indonesia

PROJECTCHILD.NGO – Project Child Indonesia kembali untuk memberikan materi, dan kini dalam bentuk wawasan studi di luar negeri. Judul acara kali ini adalah “Studi di Luar Negeri, Mengapa dan Bagaimana?” Seminar dilaksanakan dalam bentuk webinar melihat situasi sekarang masih tidak memungkinkan untuk melaksanakan seminar tatap muka.  Namun, dengan format acara seperti ini, peserta webinar dari mana saja bisa mengikuti. Maka dari itu, PCI mencoba untuk menyebarluaskan webinar ini seluas mungkin. Webinar dilaksanakan pada hari Selasa, 9 Maret 2021, dari jam 19.00 WIB hingga selesai.

Seperti judulnya sendiri, webinar ini memberikan pengetahuan mengenai kualitas-kualitas bagus yang bisa didapatkan dengan studi di luar negeri dan cara mendapatkan cara mendapatkan beasiswa dan aplikasi studi di luar negeri. Webinar ini menghadirkan tiga pembicara. Mereka ialah Alicia Andie Angkawidjadja dari University of Toronto, Kanada,  Nadia Kristanto dari Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, dan Mikha Triadimas dari La Trobe University, Australia. 

Moderatornya pun juga mengambil studi di universitas di luar negeri, yaitu Dara Ayu Ariane dari Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Jepang. 

Webinar PCI Talks Studi di Luar Negeri, Mengapa dan Bagaimana?

Pembicara pertama, Mikha Triadimas, menyampaikan materinya seputar kuliah di Negeri Kangguru. Ia menjabarkan alasan-alasan mengapa Australia, khususnya Melbourne  menjadi pilihan dia, mulai dari iklimnya, acara-acara di kotanya, arsitekturnya, dan sisi alamnya. 

Mikha juga menjelaskan alasan memilih La Trobe University. Ini dikarenakan Australia yang memiliki iklim pendidikan yang sangat bermutu, mata kuliah yang bermacam-macam, dan waktu yang dibutuhkan untuk menyelesaikan studi yang lebih singkat (3 tahun). Selain itu, Mikha juga menjelaskan sistem operasional berkuliah di universitasnya dan cara pemerintah menangani pandemi yang melanda.

Pembicara kedua, Alicia Andie Angkawidjadja, dalam gilirannya menyampaikan pengalamannya menjalankan studinya di Toronto, Kanada, dan cara mendapatkan beasiswa. Selain itu, ia juga menjelaskan alasan di balik memilih University of Toronto. Mulai dari peringkatnya yang tinggi (#18 sedunia), opsi kelas yang banyak, orang Kanada yang ramah, dan lain lain. 

Pembicara terakhir, Nadia Kristanto, menyampaikan materinya mengenai tentang pilihan universitasnya di California dan cara mendapatkan beasiswa di tengah pandemi. Nadia memberikan penjelasan yang sangat teliti; sampai di langkah-langkah teknis, mentalitas yang dibutuhkan, dan tips-tips yang berguna. 

Pembicara Nadia memberikan materinya

Webinar ini mendapatkan respon positif dari peserta-pesertanya. Berikut adalah beberapa tanggapan dari tiga peserta terpilih.

“PCI Talks kali ini nambah banyak banget wawasan baru, terutama tentang kehidupan seputar kuliah di luar negeri. Lewat 3 narasumber yang kuliah di negara berbeda, aku jadi tau kondisi belajar dan lingkungan di masing-masing negara. Dapet useful tips juga buat dapet beasiswa, lengkap pokoknya. Terimakasih PCI Talks.”

-Adjeng

“Menurutku PCI Talks kemaren insightful bangett, segala tips dan cara-cara untuk dapet beasiswanya tu ditunjukkin langsung sama speakersnya, dan mereka juga banyak cerita pengalaman nyata yang bikin makin penasaran gimana rasanya sekolah di luarrr negeriiiii”

-Theresia Tyas

“The event itself is really resourceful, especially for students who are trying to find more information on studying abroad as well as receiving scholarships. As an undergraduate student pursuing my studies abroad, I find the webinar to be extremely refreshing and insightful, especially the part where I am able to gain other student’s perspectives on studying abroad.”

-Angelien Pardi

Teach Tolerance, End The Violence

Written by Vina Dina Fitriana, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Have you listened to a song titled Heal The World? If you’ve never listened to that song, then you’re definitely missing out! It’s a peaceful and heart-warming song, written and sung by Michael Jackson to persuade the listeners to create a more peaceful world with compassion and tolerance between religions, ethnicities, and countries.

Tolerance is the key to creating a peaceful and safe environment for the human race. Tolerance between religions, ethnicities, and countries are important to prevent discrimination and civil war. How many cases of bullying occur because someone is perceived as different? How often is an ethnic or race being discriminated because of their skin color, religion, or because of the past mistakes of their ancestors? Those who are different and a minority because of their ethnic, religion, skin color or appearance are frequently bullied and treated unequally.

Bullying and discrimination are not a new case, but why haven’t they been resolved?

“Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is a forever work in progress, never completed”

-Octavia Buttler

Tolerance is a forever work in progress because humans are social creatures who need each other and always live side by side. So, we need to be tolerant since we were young until we become elderly and it’s become necessary to teach tolerance from a young age in order to make children get used to being tolerant, because tolerance is an important behaviour and attitude. According to Rady Children’s Hospital’s page, tolerance means respecting and learning from others, valuing differences, bridging cultural gaps, rejecting unfair stereotypes, discovering common ground, and creating new bonds. Children need to be given the understanding that The Creator created humans in a wide variety and always live side by side. There are many possibilities for them to meet friends who are different from them, and they need to accept the diversity.

We can teach tolerance to children by giving examples of how to live with tolerance. Children learn by imitating and listening to people around them. Hence, we urge ourselves to be tolerant first and pay attention to our attitudes or what we said, so we could be a role model for our children. Moreover, with the development of technology, we can teach children through books, music, films or games. If it’s possible, we can prepare children to live side by side with a diverse environment by sending them to schools which have many ethnicities and religions. Perhaps it could be a good idea if we can choose two or more children as a representative to lead a peer group discussion about tolerance and remind each other as Project Child Indonesia did.

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion”

-Mother Teresa

It’s already 2021, the diversity among us is getting wider. While things are dynamic and fast, there is no need to point a gun to make others obey us, no need to use violence to make others agree with our opinion, and no need for hate speech to tell someone is wrong. What we need is mutual understanding, love and compassion for others to create peace.

Isn’t it great to live peacefully? Live with the feeling of safety and sound to grow and develop according to what we want, believe, and what we truly are. No matter where we are from, what race we are, how much money we have, what religion we trust, we are one. We are human. Together we bring peace to our universe, we create a safe place for our children to grow up and be themselves. We don’t have the capacity to judge others and tell them they did wrong. Let’s embrace cultural tolerance and make the world a better place to live.

Picture by: Era.id

The Future of Children Is In Our Hands

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

“Children are the future of our nation.” We often find people saying things along those lines. “Children are the future, so they have to try hard and be the best in everything they do.” “Children are the future, so they have to be responsible for their own future.” These kinds of saying are neglecting the fact that in order to succeed, children need to be given the necessary support. That’s the most important thing that most people forget nowadays.

This year’s World Children’s Day celebrates and promotes children’s welfare and awareness among children worldwide. The United Nation acknowledges that children’s welfare is indeed vital for the wellbeing of children in the future.

Us as a society is already basking in comfort of our current societal system that benefits those in power. For children who were born to less fortunate families, having the basic necessities is already out of the question while for those who were born to wealth are already having a better start since birth. It’s a challenge for children from marginal families to even have the proper nutrition that benefits their health, moreover having quality education and finding a way out of poverty.

Discovering the holes that cause this wrecked system that benefits those having money is a challenge that might never be conquered. But, as a community, we can make small changes. Project Child Indonesia’s program Sekolah Sungai and Online Learning Assistance are two among many other efforts that have been done by a lot of sympathetic people out there. It cannot dethrone the system, not yet at least, but it has proven itself to be impactful. As an individual, you can start paying attention to these kinds of programs and projects held all across Indonesia that aims for the betterment of children’s welfare.

Rather than keep saying that the future is children, why don’t we create a better world right now so that our children can live a better future?

Dearest students and teachers all over the world,

Hi, hello, how are you? Are you healthy and safe? We sure hope you do.

How’s online classes? Is everything going smoothly? Are you bored and tired of the situation?

We know things are different right now during the pandemic. Social and physical distancing are a must, after all. However, don’t lose hope just yet!

School might be different, because it has to be online. You might not be able to meet your friends and peers face-to-face, but the fact that you can still meet each other online is a blessing in itself. So, do your best in class!

For students: please respect your teachers! Online classes have not been easy for them as well. At least, pay attention to their explanation and respond to them. Put on proper clothes and sit properly. Turn on your camera if you can, so that the teachers know who’s behind the screen listening to their explanation.

For teachers: please do your best in teaching! We know that it might be difficult to have restrictions when you’re teaching. It must be difficult to be confined into a screen while having to convey difficult materials to your students. However, it is not right if you just give students a ton of homeworks instead of actually explaining the materials to them. Find ways in which you can actually teach your students effectively. Remember, these childrens are the future of our nation.

At last, we hope everyone will continue to take education seriously. Don’t forget that, sometimes, education is a privilege, but also put your health first and foremost before anything else. If learning online has become overwhelming, don’t be afraid to seek help.

Please stay happy, healthy, and safe! 

With concern,

Team Project Child Indonesia

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

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

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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