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Online Learning, Is It the Future?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Ways to Discipline Children Learn at Home during Corona Outbreak

Written by : Ade Indra GC – Volunteer Sekolah Sungai Winongo

A number of regions such as DKI Jakarta, West Java, East Java, Central Java, Aceh, Jambi, and several other regions decided to take time off activities at school and replace them with distance learning at home to prevent transmission of the coronavirus (the cause of COVID-19). There are a number of ways to discipline the children to learn at home during a corona pandemic. Distance learning at home means parents or caregivers have an important role to monitor children’s activities at home while school is closed.

If you cannot implement the distance learning system, children can be left behind compared to other students when school starts returning to normal. Not to mention, students such as 12th, 9th, and 6th grade students will look for the school and university to continue their study.

Here are some ways to discipline children to learn at home.

  1. Explain the situation
    Explain that studying at home is a form of corona virus transmission prevention. Crowded places like schools and other public spaces can increase the potential for virus transmission.
  2. Consultation with the teacher
    Also tell the child’s development while studying at home so the teacher can anticipate the next learning step.
  3. Make a regular schedule
    This schedule can follow the child’s learning schedule at school or create a new study schedule that is more flexible. For example, such as waking up regularly, bathing, eating breakfast, studying, resting and playing, and studying until the specified time, free activities, bathing, and sleeping.
  4. Study and work together
    Activities of parents who have to work from home can be combined with learning with children. Children will feel more just and encouraged to learn when parents also work together.
  5. Help children to learn
    Also help children to understand the material being learned. Explain well to children about what parents understand. If you don’t understand the learning material, don’t hesitate to ask the teacher or find the right source to explain the material to the child.
  6. Take advantage of online learning media (online)
    Parents can also apply online learning media provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as a number of institutions that provide free access such as Zenius and Ruang Guru.
  7. Good atmosphere
    Create a comfortable atmosphere for work and study at home. Being active at home means having the freedom and freedom to explore. Parents can invite children to study in the family room or yard to get open air.
  8. Interspersed with fun activities
    So as not to be boring, always prepare fun activities with children. Fun activities such as playing video games and watching movies. Do not forget to encourage children to do physical activities and exercise during activities at home.

If you implement a way to discipline your children to study at home during the outbreak, it will be the same as your child when studying at school as usual. So that it does not interfere with your child’s achievement during school.

How Important Character-Building Is: Case of Gajahwong Student

Written by Vanya Gerina Azzahra, Teaching Learning Assessor
Project Child Indonesia


One of the River School Programs is located on Gajahwong river bank. There was a unique phenomenon of Gajahwong children as a team in charge got to the place for the very first time. Some of the volunteers might have volunteering experience beforehand so that it perhaps became a common thing to face with. Gajahwong children have been known for their uniqueness. In comparison with Code and Winongo children, Gajahwong children tend to be more aggressive. They do not hesitate to ask volunteers to pick them up before class begins, they ask volunteers to wait on them while they take a shower and other kinds of actions of seeking attention. There was also a child with special needs in which volunteers need to give extra attention. 

With the majority of boys within the class, an act of bullying happened toward the special-needs child. Besides, when the team was in collaboration with Association Internationale des Etudiantsen Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Universitas Gadjah Mada, they found these children were very difficult to condition. Once ever an exchange participant from Egypt asked a group of boys basic information of themselves, the boys replied roughly speaking. 

In order to address those issues, it is significant for a teaching-learning assessor along with the volunteers as a unit of the team, to understand how important character-building on children. So, what is the nature of character-building? According to Yudi Latif (2009) character building explains various aspects of teaching and learning for personal development, including moral reasoning, social and emotional learning, conflict resolution and moral-ethical philosophy. Volunteers as the teaching-facilitators should have a strategic role in realizing the character of children. The facilitators, as central figures, are of course required to be able to portray good characters so that they can be role models for children. The behavior that children pay attention to by the time is on how facilitators look, how facilitators talk, how facilitators behave, facilitators attitude to knowledge as well as their commitment to what they say. If the facilitators could play it well, it will affect the children. Thus, children will grow into individuals who have good characters.

There is a Javanese philosophy called Andhapasor (humility) where its significance is to be humble and never segregate between people according to race, culture, religion, ethnicity, and so on.

This type of character-building must be implemented toward children. The value should be upheld responding to what happened in class. Facilitators should not only prohibit children from doing bullying but also expected to have the capability to explain more to children why bullying is bad, why is it important to respectsomeone who is different from us.

As an attempt to manifest the implementation of character-building towards children, Gajahwong’s team comprised of the teaching-learning assessor and the volunteers have tried the utmost best during this time – recalling that acts of bully, discrimination, inappropriate words, oftentimes to happen. Gradually the children begin to realize which of their behaviors are bad for others, and which ones are good for others. Change occurs by degrees. That change is something that the team wishes to achieve from the very first place because they do not want to merely spend time to teach children onsite for granted, but also leave positive impact on children’s selfhood.

Source :

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