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Eradicating Poverty: How Are We Going to Do It?

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Each day, we encounter the familiar scene of people, old and young, roaming the tips of traffic intersections as vehicles were stopped for traffic signs. They are holding used cups, asking for little money: some coins. While thick dust tints their clothes and road pollution turns their skin into the color of smoke, their only gesture and glance appeal for pity from the commuters who are lucky enough to sit on their million-rupiahs vehicle. Not rarely that they are getting ignored because they are perceived to be communal disturbances. As the green light flashes, these people vanish to the obstreperous sound of machines, and loud honking horns. They, again, surrender to the edge of the scene, being muted by the city’s multitudes and its hustle.

This every-day urban portrayal is not meant to elaborate that the certain state of economic equality surrounding the less populated areas is any better, for instead, it is worse in number. In Indonesia alone, the majority of poverty occurs in the rurals and isolated areas. Compared to 7.38 percent of the vulnerable population in the urban areas, the rurals poverty rate has almost doubled to 12.82 percent (SDGs Desa, 2020). The limitation of infrastructure and less economic distribution might take account of the occurrence of poverty, in addition to worsening finance during pandemic. This picturization indeed brings the challenges to Indonesia’s ambitious national aspiration towards 2030’s vision of zero percent poverty in the rural zones. 

Well, before going deeper on this matter and jumping on how we need to eradicate poverty, first of all, we need to figure out what is truly defined by poverty!

Poverty, as a socio-economic phenomenon, might be defined as the people’s unavailability of resources to meet basic needs, which include food, clothing, and shelter (New Brunswick, 2009). The World Bank associates poverty with the lack of access to education, health, as well as protection from violence. These are all the factors which make the subjects affiliated with poverty to be vulnerable in nature, thus, urged to be reached and assisted. The complexities of poverty itself have caused its roots to be rather hard to judge – as its specificity may vary between subjects, communities, and states. Thus, relying on a single, universal measurement will be useless in explaining poverty’s roots. As per se, the occurrence of poverty in Indonesia can’t be judged with the same economic perspective and strategy as in the United States, right? Thus, the core aim should be directed to figure out specific approaches to end poverty for each community which will be diverse (and complex) from one another. 

Nonetheless, poverty remains as a global issue that needs our attention. It is crucial for each member of society to work hand in hand to help those in need in order to eradicate poverty. Thus, we are led to the next intriguing question: how are we really going to do it?

Hmm, actually, the main hope now lies in the central government and its policy-makers, as the United Nations alone has stated that the eradication of poverty is the subject of greater, macro-level pursuit. It is expected that governments around the world,  hand-in-hand, might create cross-border cooperation (e.g. international trade, agricultural cooperation, improvement of technology and education) in order to minimize poverty and its effects. Higher middle income countries such as Mexico, Brazil, as well as Indonesia, have proven that international cooperation would instead bring change to poverty in terms of numbers.

The capacity of us, the public, is pretty much revolved in the pushing for related agendas via mass-campaigns and aspirations delivery to the body of government, in addition to communal works. Because of the nature of poverty that is systemic and our certain limitations as civilians, it would be rather difficult to position ourselves higher than the government within this complex, structural matter – not to say that many of us still also face financial challenges from day to day. Meanwhile, for those who are lucky enough to have material resources, the utilization of jobs creation through the creation of new businesses, might be helpful to empowering those who are in need. So, prepare your entrepreneur skills!

In correlation with the significant numbers of poverty in the rural areas, the reliance on local agriculture products will indeed take account of change, since most of the rural economic circulation revolves around farmlands. Rather than to give more economic benefits to bigger food-supply companies, it is better to help the economically-vulnerable traditional farmers by buying their products, right? 

Furthermore, we might also comply with the utilization of civil assistants through further social works and community engagement that contribute to equal economic distribution for the vulnerable subjects. It might be done via humanitarian actions in the forms of communal provision of food, health, and education. Herein, our humane sensitivity, concerns, compassion, and privilege awareness are truly being examined!

References:

Brunswick. Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation. Retrieved from https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic.html

Kemendesa. SDGs Desa Nomor 1: Desa Tanpa Kemiskinan. Retrieved from https://sdgsdesa.kemendesa.go.id/sdgs-desa-no-1-desa-tanpa-kemiskinan/ 

Why Diverse Representation in Media Matters

By Arlenea Halyda, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Living in a modern world of globalization and digitalization, we’re constantly exposed to various media such as movies, TV shows, and books, from all parts of the world. It’s becoming a part of society; a daily conversation with our friends, and even a haven for people who’d like to escape from reality for a while.

But in all the media you’ve consumed, how often do you see an accurate depiction of yourself? How often can you pick out a character from a cast and be able to relate to their identity or cultural background? Are those questions even relevant enough to ask?

The short answer: yes. The long answer: also yes, and it has everything to do with this fantastic notion called ‘diverse representation’. Before talking about why diverse representation matters in the media, let’s take a quick look at what diversity and representation are.

Diversity is the array of differences in human beings. It includes, but is not limited to ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, and physical abilities, among many others. These categories may intersect, and in some cases, it may be fluid, but one thing is certain: we all stand equal—no group is innately superior or inferior to others. Meanwhile, representation is how a media exhibit these diversities and fits them into a narrative presented to the audience.

Together, diversity and representation births inclusion, the involvement of diversity where everyone is acknowledged, empowered, and celebrated. Inclusion understands that everyone, no matter their identity, is worthy of being seen. Instead of merely tolerating our differences, we need to embrace the vast diversity within each individual.

Now, back to our initial question: why does diverse representation matter in the media?

Since media is effective and powerful in influencing the audiences’ minds and ideas, diverse representation would broaden the audiences’ viewpoints. Like learning history: you can’t look at one source only because there’s always another perspective waiting to be unravelled on the other side.

This is why direct representation—directly involving someone from the said diverse group instead of blindly thrusting a diverse character into a media only for the sake of diversity—matters. Certain things can only be told from the point of view of the person who’s lived through the experiences themselves. Otherwise, the true meaning and nuances behind the events or culture are prone to be lost, whether in translation or ignorance.

In addition to that, visibility in media can affect the way people see themselves and their culture, which is particularly important for media with lots of younger audiences. It tells them that people like you and I exist, and this is how the world perceives us. Having said that, it’s worthy to note that representation cannot be done carelessly. Thorough research is vital because how a group of people is portrayed is so closely tied to a sense of self and pride. Surely, no one would want to have themselves be seen in a bad light, especially when those ‘bad lights’ are a perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and stigmas.

So, how can we promote diverse representation?

If You’re a Creator

If you’re an author, director, scriptwriter, or aspiring to be one, you have an essential part and a responsibility to create more diverse media for the future!

Casting people from numerous groups who embrace a variety of identities is always a good idea. It may depend on the media context you’re creating, but I encourage you to include diversity whenever possible. Remember, diversity is a broad spectrum, so you have lots and lots of chances to include it! Seize that chance, and you might just open a new horizon for younger generations.

If You’re an Enthusiast

If you have no intention to work in media, you can still help! You’re the motor behind the media makers’ mission of creating more diverse representation in the media! You can diversify your media consumption by watching films from multiple regions (non-Hollywood movies deserve so much love, and there are a lot of hidden gems there!), or read a book written by women and queer people to understand what it feels like to be in their shoes, for starters.

If you’d like to take one step further, you can promote those remarkable media to social media to raise people’s awareness! Feel like there’s a piece of media that’s done an exceptional or lousy job at inclusivity? You can also send a message to media creators and tell them about your thoughts!

There are so many beautiful kinds of people in the world. Without our differences, our world would look so bland and colourless. Let’s celebrate diversity, and create a world where everyone is accepted and loved!

References

[1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z9fx39q/revision/1

[2] https://www.qcc.cuny.edu/diversity/definition.html

[3] https://www.ferris.edu/administration/president/DiversityOffice/Definitions.htm 

[4] https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/why-on-screen-representation-matters-according-to-these-teens

[5] https://www.salesforce.com/blog/representation-matters-black-latinx-indigenous/

[6] https://www.wgbh.org/foundation/representation-in-media-matters

[7] https://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/representation-matters-when-it-comes-to-tv-and-movies-according-to-csun-professor/

[8] https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/diversity-in-media-and-why-visibility-matters

A Simple Tutorial to Turn Our World Into a Better Place

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Well, as casual civilians, with all of our limitations, we do not have many options or let alone significant power to create a sudden, massive change to the bigger scope of humanity. Nevertheless, like the spirit that we all shall uphold highly, there must always be things, the simple ones, that we can do to fill the holes of universal madness with the paradigm and practice of positivity.

So, here’s a simple tutorial that you can do anywhere and anytime to embark the positive vibration from yourself to your surroundings, in hope of turning our world into a better place:

  1. Practicing Mindfulness

Everything always starts from within, doesn’t it? To affect others in a positive way, then first, you shall start by employing the same energy within yourself. By being conscious of your presence, emotions, as well as feelings at the very present moment, you might get rid of any negativity from judgmental thoughts to fears. Some might put effort to reach mindfulness through meditation or praying, while others do it by writing journals. You can do whatever method that resonates better with your soul’s needs, because they vary between people.

  1. Building a good relationship

The root of war and conflicts lies in the significant failure to understand the complexities between a party and the other, as well as the absence of respect. Thus, understanding, in addition to compassion, is very much needed as a foundation to pursue better relationships between human beings. The key is to respect the differences and find the middle ground! It might sound very simple, but often, it’s not.

Beyond family and friends, a good, respectful relationships should also be utilized between those beyond your own circles; perhaps, starting by managing a good relationship with your own neighbor would be awesome – as in modern world, the urge and awareness to create a good relationship with your own neighborhood pals has declined sharply, especially for those who live in urban areas. ‘Smiling’ and ‘greeting’ (just the simple one) would be a good start!  

  1. Involved in community service

Last but not least, being involved in community service would also gain you a new perspective outside your own bubble. Realizing that how many crucial basic needs like food, education, housings, etc are not distributed fairly to all parts of the community, might draw some to the urge to help and empower those who are less fortunate. The experience in other communities, would give you an “enlightenment” on how our world truly works and how diverse human beings are.

Departing from this spirit, every year, Project Child Indonesia opens an opportunity for anyone to join the volunteer program. By focusing on the field of practical health, environment and disaster education, holistic learning experience, technology education, as well as volunteer engagement, PCI invites youth all across Indonesia to participate in the efforts to turn our world into a better place. You might find more information on our volunteer program at https://projectchild.ngo/volunteer/ or visit our social media (Instagram) via @project.child to find out more on our next recruitment for volunteers! We are waiting for you as we believe that “Everyone Can Do Good” ! 

PCI Talks: LinkedIn 101

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

You may already be familiar with LinkedIn, a social media platform used for searching professional networking. Through this platform, you can find a job and there’s a chance you might be recruited by the employers from LinkedIn. However, how to maximize our LinkedIn account so the employers are interested enough in recruiting us?

On June 2nd, 2021 Dharma Novriansyah, a Human Resources Practitioner shared his knowledge and experiences at PCI Talks Vol. 5 to answer the question above. As usual, this webinar is sponsored by To My Daughter, an angelic jewelry company which has a mission to change the lives of young girls, with their belief that every child in the world deserves the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

The discussion started from basic knowledge such as the benefits of using LinkedIn to the main topics, how to improve our LinkedIn account so that we can maximize our personal branding through LinkedIn to get our dream job. Kak Dharma, who has tons of experience in recruiting employees, also shared a perspective on what employers see when recruiting workers.

As a moderator, Mianovani Ideannisa – PCI Marketing & Fundraising Intern, led the Q&A sessions which were very insightful! In order to answer the questions in this Q&A session, Kak Dharma shared great tips for fresh graduate students who may still be unfamiliar with the social media platform and confused about what they should write on it.

The topic is absolutely beneficial, isn’t it? Therefore, don’t miss the opportunities to join the next volume of PCI Talks. Perhaps, the theme of PCI Talks Vol. 6 would be very essential for your life! Follow our Instagram account to stay updated on our program and activities! See you in our next Talks!

PCI Feature: About Project Child Indonesia Internship and Volunteer Program

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

This is the last month of Project Child Indonesia’s Internship Program Batch 32.  And yaa! As you expected, Internship and Volunteer Program Batch 33 will be opened soon! Project Child Indonesia is going to open registration for the next batch in around July for the Internship Program and August for Volunteer.

Sstt, let me spill the tea! There will be a new department you can join in the next internship program! That’s interesting, isn’t it? To enhance the euforia, let’s read more to these sections below to know what interns think and gain from this program.

Perfect Environment For Self-Development

I love the culture. Finally I found a place to work where I’m free to express myself. I’m free to do what I want as long as I don’t cross the boundaries and complete my responsibilities.

– Theresia Tyas Kirana, Human Capital Intern

Project Child Indonesia has a perfect environment for the staff, interns, and volunteers to express themselves freely. As Kak Thea mentioned in our previous article, fear is common to experience when we start something new or when we need to speak in public. But in Project Child Indonesia, you can tell your opinion without doubt and fear, and get no judgement. Even Though there are many people who already have excellent experiences, they still want to learn and process together. It’s a safe place for you to develop yourself!

Halal Bi Halal Project Child Indonesia

Being an intern in PCI has definitely been a fun and interesting experience. I didn’t expect I could bond with my co-workers this easily to be honest. I think it will definitely be one of my 2021 highlights!

–Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern

As an organisation, it’s also important for Project Child Indonesia to construct solidarity, either between divisions or members. Therefore, the Human Capital Department always carried out some events like, Buka Puasa Bersama (Bukber), and Halal Bi Halal.  No need to worry if you are a thousand miles apart! There were online bounding events too, such Online Yoga and Breathwork, Welcoming Party, etc. So, even though you are in a different region, you are still able to participate actively and meet your friends!

Buka Puasa Bersama

I feel lucky to be an intern at Project Child Indonesia. I found a lot of good people which have same frequency, so I can get along with them as well.

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

Besides the moment we mentioned above, there are cultural activities we usually do to strengthen the bonding between the members. We usually held a weekly meeting with a little bit of spice- a fun game each month to refresh our mind! If you are staying in Yogyakarta, you can come to the office and meet the staff and other interns. Besides working, you can also have fun and have casual discussions with others.

Don’t Let These Precious Experiences And Knowledge Slip Out From Your Hands!

As an intern and volunteer, we will definitely get a job according to our job description. Kak Dara mentioned that as a Content Writer Intern, she has been able to learn how to create really diverse articles in the span of 6 months. By working continuously, our skill in the fields that we are working on becomes more excellent and helpful for our future. “I think that’s going to be really good ammunition for the future.” She added.

I’m really a beginner in all aspects and am very happy to discover new things and knowledge from training that was held for interns and volunteers.  I didn’t think that it’s necessary nor did I know how some things work. But by being an intern, I can improve myself.

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

Aside from working as your job desc, being a volunteer  and  intern also give you a privilege to join some useful training. Besides the bonding events, the Human Capital Department also held CV training, and how to write B2B Communication Tools with an excellent speaker. The topic of training may be different for each batch, but always be an essential knowledge for us.

It’s amazing isn’t it? You are not only gaining experiences from being an intern in a certain division, yet you will get plenty of experiences in a lot of more things. This is a once in a lifetime chance!

So, are you ready for the next batch program? Go prepare yourself and don’t miss this precious chance! Stay tuned in Project Child Indonesia’s Instagram or you can check on this website for new update information. See you in the next batch people!

PCI FEATURE: OVERCOME YOUR FEARS, SHOW YOURSELF

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

In this new kind of world, showing our existence is an important thing to do. Without doing that, we will be forgotten and left behind because the world today is very dynamic and adaptive. We can show our existence by making an appearance in public by sharing thoughts, showing talents, or taking action for changes and/or improvements. Unfortunately, not everyone has the courage to show themselves in public. But it isn’t something that we can’t change, right?

In this edition of PCI Feature, we had a collaboration with Theresia Tyas Thea Kirana, Human Capital Coordinator Intern Batch 32, to discuss that topic. Starting from being a radio announcer in her university – which is her dream job since childhood, Kak Thea expanded her experience being a Master of Ceremony (MC) in various events. Now, she is ready to share all of her opinions and also tips and tricks on how to conquer the fear and anxiety of public speaking!

It’s All About Choice

Public speaking can be a scary thing to do for many people. So, a lot of us hesitate to try it. Still, it’s an important skill for our self-development. Therefore, we need to push ourselves to get out of our comfort zone.

“There are two choices in life, get out of your comfort zone or just stay still. Each of it has consequences and the decision is yours. What consequences do you want to have? Just stay still and get nothing or learn something new that have two more possibilities, fail or succeed, which both of it are actually a lesson”, shared Kak Thea

Being a radio announcer which was her passion since childhood and being a MC was something she had never done before. But because of her curiosity and desire to try new things, she tried to get into that field.

About Fears

Fears are common to experience when we do something for the first time. It can be a trap for us to not try or vice versa, encouraging us to learn new things to cover up our fears. “It’s okay to be afraid”, said Kak Thea, “There is a ‘sweet spot’ about fear which can urge us to move forward”, she added. ‘Sweet spot’ can be like, when we are afraid of not knowing about certain topics, we’ll try to read about it. So when people ask us, we already know the answer.

In the discussion with Kak Thea, we also tried to find a solution for our instagram follower’s fears. Most of them are afraid of being wrong and different when they share their thoughts in public. In this kind of situation, Kak Thea shares her opinion that it’s okay to be different because each of us have our own thoughts about something. “If I’m always afraid, I won’t move anywhere. People’s response is beyond my control, so I try to know what things I can and can not control, then focus on it”, reminded her.

Furthermore, from her point of view, only you can overcome your fears about making mistakes because the willingness to change is from yourself. It’s okay to make mistakes, because there is no one who doesn’t make mistakes. “Humans make mistakes, the thing we should focus on is how we respond to our mistakes that we want to learn more and more”, she added.

Sometimes, our fears are only in our thoughts. It’s not the reality. Try to manage your internal work, do your best, and surrender. The results and people’s response is not in our hands

-Thereia Tyas Thea Kirana

Live is Supposed to Learning to Learn

“My lecturer said life is supposed to be ‘learning to learn’, and that’s impressed me”, tell her. According to her, when we learn something new, we will learn more and more and it will tickle our curiosity. It’s okay if you only know this much tho. Instead, you can turn it into a chance for learning. “I can’t wait until I feel enough, so I’ll share what I have right now. If someone thinks my opinion is nonsense or what I did was wrong, I will apologize and try to learn more” explained her.

It’s a destiny that humans will never feel enough. That feeling will affect our decision to move forward or not. To overcome that kind of situation, Kak Thea tried to apply the “Growth Mindset” which is a belief that our talents aren’t fixed, but constantly in development. It’s a mindset that learning doesn’t stop when we leave our school or university and accept failure or even welcome it as an opportunity to learn.

Overcome Your Fears, Show Yourself

“There are actually many benefits I can get out of making an appearance in public. From being a radio announcer, I got channels to be a MC. Both of them make me learn so many things and it makes me realize that I have the capacity to learn this much. It motivates me to learn more. Making an appearance in public also teaches me to be more confident and upgrade how to beautify my words. Recently, I learned to surrender more and not hold onto my expectations tightly. Just do what I can do.” shared Kak Thea when asked about what benefit she gets from being a radio announcer and MC.

Kak Thea concluded that making an appearance in public is important for our self-development. As a human, we are always learning. By sharing our thoughts, it’s our way to respect ourselves, we respect what we think and what we learn. Nevertheless, She understands that stepping forward to a crowded place is not an easy thing to do, and as time goes on, she learned that fear is natural to feel. So, how does she overcome her fears?

Here are her tips! First, you need to sit with yourself and accept your fears. You need to acknowledge and break down your fears, what it is and why it appears. You can use journaling methods like Kak Thea did, or else, like talking with friends. By recognizing and describing your fears, it’s easier for you to find a solution. Then, the last but not least thing you can do after trying to make an appearance in public is more surrender. Failure or can’t get as we expected is something we can’t control, and it’s fine.

The important thing is not being right. It’s the willing to learn and learn and not quickly satisfied with what we had

Theresia Tyas Thea Kirana

So, overcome your fears, show your existence, share your thoughts, and show your talents. It’s not about being right or wrong. The important thing when you share your thoughts is that you have strong reasons why you say it and it doesn’t attack anyone. Share it with a lot of confidence then listen to other’s opinions. Take your chance right now!

Bangga akan Indonesia: Sebuah Kompilasi

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, Intern Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Dikenal sebagai negara yang mempunyai banyak keragaman dalam banyak hal, Indonesia mempunyai banyak hal unik yang mungkin kita tidak sadari.  Dengan ini, kami berharap kompilasi ini bisa lebih membuka mata para pembaca secara lebih akan negeri ini dan isinya.

Luasnya negara ini

Apakah kamu tahu seberapa luasnya negara ini dibandingkan dengan Eropa? Mungkin kalian pernah mendengar website baru ini yang bernama thetruthsize.com yang mempunyai fungsi membandingkan luas negara-negara di dunia. Berikut adalah negara Indonesia yang ditimpakan di Eropa untuk perbandingan. 

Perbandingan Indonesia dan Eropa

Salah satu kekurangan dari peta konvensional atau pun globe adalah tidak mampunya kedua opsi ini untuk menerjemahkan ukuran luas asli negara-negara. Hal ini dikarenakan adanya kurva planet Bumi. Dengan fitur yang disediakan oleh website thetruesize.com, orang-orang mampu membandingkan luas negara-negara seakan-akan planet Bumi itu datar. Dan ternyata, Indonesia itu tidak kalah luas dengan Eropa.

Jadi, walaupun di satu sisi kita bisa bangga negara kita yang luas, kita harus bangga akan orang-orang yang membuat logistik antar pulau memungkinkan karena adanya perairan yang luas juga. Ini bukanlah pekerjaan yang mudah.

Bahasa dan ragamnya

Selain itu, hal yang kita patut banggakan dari Indonesia adalah jumlah bahasa yang lahir dari aneka ragam ras yang ada di Indonesia. Menurut Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, tercatat 718 bahasa yang ada di negeri ini. 

Peta bahasa Sulawesi dari Wikipedia.com

Untuk sebagai contoh, kami akan mengambil Sulawesi. Menurut, website Sulawesi Language Alliance, terdapat 5 rumpun bahasa di pulau Sulawesi. Dari 5 rumpun bahasa ini, lahir 114 bahasa tersendiri. Angka ini memang terdengar besar, namun Sulawesi masih duduk di peringkat ke-3 di belakang Papua dan Borneo dalam perihal jumlah jenis bahasa yang terdapat. 

Nenek moyang yang masih ada

Hal lain yang patut kita banggakan dari Indonesia adalah salah satu penghuni tertuanya. Naga Komodo bukanlah sebuah nama yang asing bagi kita lagi, tapi apakah kamu tahu kalau kadal ini sudah ada sejak 300.000 hingga 4 juta tahun yang lalu?

Naga Komodo (ilustrasi oleh Unsplash)

Menurut riset yang dilakukan oleh Scott Hocknull, seorang kurator senior di museum geosains Queensland, beliau menemukan fosil yang berumur seperti ini di Australia bagian timur. Setelah membandingkan fosil dengan kerangka tulang komodo modern, hasil yang ditemukan adalah kedua kerangka serupa. 

Negara Penangkis

Beralih dari fauna, kami akan pindah ke humanitarian, khususnya di kejuaraan yang diadakan 2 tahun sekali, yaitu Thomas Cup. Thomas Cup adalah kompetisi bulu tangkis internasional yang telah berdiri sejak tahun 1949. 

Pemain Bulu Tangkis (ilustrasi oleh Unsplash)

Kini, Indonesia sudah menang 13 kali di kejuaraan ini, dengan Tiongkok duduk di peringkat ke-2 dengan 10 kali. Keunggulan ini sangat patut kita banggai.

Kompilasi ini hanya meliput sangat sedikit dari banyak lagi kebanggaan negeri ini, dari yang kita sadari maupun kita tidak sadari. Sama seperti bahwasanya 112 tahun yang lalu, organisasi Budi Utomo lahir ke negeri ini, salah satu langkah terbesar Indonesia mencapai kemerdekaan. Selamat hari kebangkitan nasional, pembaca.  

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.
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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].

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.”