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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

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.