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Tunawisma yang Masih Berkembang di Indonesia

Written by Shania Amalia Hafta, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Homeless atau disebut sebagai tunawisma merupakan kasus yang masih harus diperhatikan. Walaupun Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS) menyatakan, jumlah penduduk miskin Indonesia pada September 2021 mengalami penurunan, tetapi status ini masih ditemukan di sekitar kita.

Peristiwa Tunawisma di Indonesia

Dilansir dari Kompas.com, pada 16 September 2022 terdapat keterangan bahwa ada seorang tunawisma yang ditemukan oleh warga telah meninggal di kolong jembatan Inspeksi Kalimalang, Duren Sawit, Jakarta Timur. Diketahui, Bapak tersebut berusia 57 tahun dan bisa mendapatkan makanan jika diberikan oleh warga sekitar. Bahkan, pada tahun 2021, ketika masa pandemi masih berlangsung ketat, masih ada Bapak berusia 68 tahun berkeliling mencari sampah untuk bertahan hidup selama adanya program PPKM (Pemberlakuan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat). Ada juga seorang tunawisma yang diduga oleh warga mengalami gangguan kejiwaan di daerah bagian provinsi Bengkulu, kemudian meninggal dunia karena dibunuh dengan senjata tajam.

Lalu, apa sebenarnya definisi Tunawisma?

Menurut Glasser (1994), tunawisma adalah kondisi yang terpisah dari masyarakat, tidak adanya ikatan atau lemahnya hubungan sosial dengan orang lain. Sedangkan menurut Tomas dan Dittmar (1995), seseorang dapat dikatakan tunawisma bukan hanya tidak memiliki tempat tinggal. Tetapi, juga adanya beberapa dimensi terkait, seperti kurangnya rasa aman dan kehangatan tubuh, emosional, tidak ada privasi, kurang ada rasa keterikatan dengan dunia, dan lemahnya kehadiran spiritualitas di dalam diri, seperti adanya harapan, memiliki tujuan hidup, dan bentuk keyakinan lainnya.

Berapa data kasus Tunawisma di Indonesia?

Menurut beberapa sumber, terdapat 3 juta tunawisma di Indonesia. Pada 2019, diperkirakan ada sekitar 77.500 gelandangan dan pengemis masih tersebar di kota-kota besar Indonesia. Pada tahun 2020, diketahui Dinas Sosial Provinsi DKI Jakarta mencatat bahwa, masalah gelandangan merupakan posisi teratas yang mengalami penyandang masalah kesejahteraan sosial, yaitu dengan jumlah 1.044 orang. Bahkan, pada tahun 2021, dilansir dari katadata.co.id, ada beberapa provinsi yang memiliki tingkat tertinggi jumlah gelandangan di desa/kelurahan, diantaranya adalah Jawa Timur, Jawa Barat, Jawa Tengah, Banten, Sumatera Utara, Sumatera Selatan, DKI Jakarta, dan Sulawesi Selatan.

Mengapa orang dengan status tunawisma bisa muncul?

Menurut Mago, dkk., yang melakukan penelitian menggunakan Fuzzy Cognitive Map untuk memahami sebuah sistem sosial yang ada, tunawisma dapat bermunculan disebabkan adanya beberapa hal yang dihadapinya, seperti perumahan, akses layanan sosial, kondisi kesehatan mental, dukungan keluarga, asuransi, masalah pengangguran, dan peristiwa traumatis lainnya, seperti adanya pelecehan seksual di masa kanak-kanak dan pembelajaran. Ada juga dari sudut pandang postmodernisme, yaitu memahami arti dari kata ‘rumah’ tidak hanya sebagai tempat berlindung, tetapi juga sebagai stabilitas, kenyamanan, keamanan, keselamatan, ekspresi diri, dan kesejahteraan fisik yang tidak bisa lepas dari kondisi ekonomi, sosial, dan politik yang berlaku. Lalu, ada juga teori konstruksi sosial yang menjelaskan tentang perilaku manusia termasuk rasa ingin tahu, adanya keinginan dasar untuk merasakan keamanan, merefleksikan, dan menilai apa yang harus mereka lakukan di tengah-tengah struktur kekuasaan yang berlaku di kehidupan sosial. Selain itu, tunawisma dapat muncul disebabkan ketimpangan akan standar upah, ras, harga rumah, layanan kesehatan, baik fisik maupun mental.

Bagaimana caranya menanggulangi tunawisma?

Lakukan program preventif atau pencegahan terjadinya tunawisma, dengan mengadakan kegiatan penyuluhan, bimbingan, latihan, pendidikan, pemberian bantuan, dan pengawasan dengan topik utama yang berkaitan dengan kondisi hidupnya, kondisi keluarganya, hubungan antara lalu lintas dengan tunawisma, dan rehabilitasi tunawisma. Berdasarkan salah satu penelitian, bisa juga menggunakan pendekatan panti untuk membangun komunikasi dan motivasi agar bangkit dari kondisi yang dihadapinya. Lingkungan Pondok Sosial juga bisa berperan dalam memberikan tempat tinggal untuk memiliki kehidupan yang layak. Lalu, bisa juga menggunakan metode transit home, yaitu merubah hidup tunawisma dengan memiliki tempat tingal yang layak dan memahami pembekalan diri agar siap bersosialisasi dengan kehidupan di masyarakat. Tetapi, ada juga yang menggunakan metode transmigrasi, yaitu mengirimkan para tunawisma ke luar daerah atau luar pulau untuk diberikan pemahaman mengenai kontribusi dan motivasi usaha yang dapat dilakukan di desa.

Apakah ada solusi lain untuk menangani tunawisma?

Semuanya tergantung pada pihak pemerintah yang memiliki tekad untuk mengatasi permasalahan tunawisma di Indonesia berdasarkan undang-undang dan hukum yang berlaku, seperti tentang kesejahteraan sosial, kesejahteraan anak, perlindungan anak, dan penangulangan gelandangan dan pengemis. Begitu juga dengan pihak LSM (Lembaga Swadaya Masyarakat) yang sebagai wadah untuk advokasi memahami persoalan kemiskinan serta aksi menyuarakan kebutuhan masyarakat. Tidak lupa juga, peran dan partisipasi masyarakat untuk mendukung program penanggulangan tunawisma, sehingga menjadi langkah besar untuk membangkitkan motivasi tunawisma kembali menjalani hidup yang wajar sesuai dengan norma yang berlaku di masyarakat.

Young Generation in Preserving Batik

The role of young generation in preserving batik is very important. Way that we can do to celebrated national batik to use batik, as a form of appreciating Indonesian batik culture.

Did you know the influence of national batik day celebration?

With the celebration of batik, it can have an impact on the global community.

As we know, Indonesia is rich in cultural diversity, especially batik cloth. Basically batik as a popular Indonesian cultural identity.

The increase of batik industry changes people’s lifestyles in dressing dynamically, so that craftsmen follow the flow of fashion developments. Which is batik can also prosper the batik craftsmen both nationally and globally

Batik has become a new innovation in modern way.

“The increasingly varied batik motifs have awakened a number of Indonesian designers to develop modern batik” -Tina Andrean

The Short History of Batik

Historically, the traditional process of making batik is not easy through various steps.

The types and philosophies of batik from various regions provide uniqueness and so meaningful that poured into traditional batik.

So that the art on cloth made traditionally has a high and universal value. So only certain circles can use batik cloth.

However in this era batik can be used by all people regardless of the social status, makes batik a part of popular culture.

But people are basically using Batik that identically used at formal events.

Meanwhile, how can we use batik continuously?

The stigma of our society towards using of batik could be change through the trend of wrapped cloth by young people which has become the new fashion trend of 2020 until now.

Overtime, batik cloth has developed to be more modern, especially in the digital era, making it easier to introduce modern batik culture which is now a fashion trend. One of them is in introducing batik wrapped cloth through the hashtag Berkain Bersama.

This movement based on the anxiety of young people against the use of batik that had faded, began to get used to using batik cloth to invite all groups to preserve batik culture. Through #BerkainBersama, you can find enthusiasm of young people to use batik wrapped cloth.

We can see that this movement invites and gets a positive response from all circles who can encourage the use of batik again. The Berkain Bersama movement aims to realize and succeed in normalizing the use of batik in everyday life.

The technique of tying and wrapping the fabric becomes an artistic value in the use of batik.

These movement that changes traditional fabrics that flexible to used, so that it can encourage young people to use batik as daily clothing. Activities that can have a positive influence. Especially young people who take part in using batik cloth which can have a positive influence on other young people. The high use of batik wrapped cloth has become a new habit in dressing.

The more difficult the process of making batik, the higher the value of batik. So that as Indonesian cultural heritage, it is certainly important for us the younger generation to maintain and preserve it.

How to preserve batik?

Historically, batik has a deep meaning, therefore, it is important for young people to know the history of batik making. Love for our homeland begins with small steps by starting to get used to using batik cloth as a form of support for Indonesian culture. By using batik, we take part in preserving culture.

As we can see, the use of batik is very dynamic at times. As Indonesian citizens should be proud and loved of the richness of Indonesian culture. So that batik can be sustainable and passed down to the next generation. Therefore, we as the younger generation take part in preserving batik culture

Happy World National Batik Days, Let’s #BerkainBersama!

Mengembalikan Perspektif Sungai Bersih dan Sehat Anak-Anak

Written by Amaranila Nariswari, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Sejak tahun 2011 lalu, pemerintah Indonesia menetapkan tanggal 27 Juli sebagai Hari Sungai Nasional dan secara resmi mencantumkannya dalam Pasal 74 Peraturan Pemerintah No. 38 Tahun 2011. Harapannya, dengan adanya Hari Sungai Nasional ini, masyarakat akan lebih peduli terhadap kebersihan lingkungan sungai-sungai yang ada di Indonesia serta mengembalikan fungsi sungai yang sebelumnya tercemar dan tidak dapat dimanfaatkan secara optimal. Berbicara tentang sungai, apa sih, yang ada di benak kalian jika kalian membaca atau mendengar kata ‘sungai’? Kira-kira sama tidak ya, perspektif setiap orang terhadap sungai? Atau coba kalian bandingkan diri kalian pada saat ini dengan pada saat kalian kecil, apakah ada perubahan pandangan mengenai sungai? Coba kalian menggambar sungai, ada komponen apa saja yang tercantum dalam gambar kalian itu?

Ternyata ada lho, penelitian yang melihat bagaimana anak-anak mengkonstruksikan konsep dari sebuah sungai. Penelitian ini dilakukan oleh Margaret Mackintosh dan diterbitkan pada tahun 2010. Mackintosh (2010) dalam artikelnya mencoba mencari tahu seberapa dalam pemahaman anak-anak umur 9-10 tahun di Inggris mengenai sungai melalui analisis terhadap beberapa kegiatan, di antaranya ialah hasil wawancara dan menggambar. Beberapa jawaban menarik yang tercantum dalam artikel Mackintosh tersebut di antaranya menyatakan bahwa sungai merupakan “something that flows and has fish and water” (sesuatu yang mengalir dan memiliki ikan dan air), tidak sedikit pula yang menjawab dengan “wet water running down” (air basah yang mengalir) atau “a long blue thing that’s wet” (sesuatu yang berwarna biru dan panjang yang mengalir). Jawaban-jawaban tersebut cukup menarik, bukan? 

Apabila dianalisis, jawaban-jawaban tersebut cukup menggambarkan bagaimana anak-anak mempersepsikan konsep sungai. Jawaban-jawaban tersebut didominasi oleh aspek air yang mengalir, dibarengi dengan rerumputan di sekitarnya, kemudian ada pula kegiatan-kegiatan yang dapat dilakukan di sungai, seperti berpiknik atau memancing. Pada kenyataannya, kegiatan-kegiatan tersebut tidak mudah dilakukan di sungai-sungai di Indonesia karena air sungai yang tercemar menyulitkan kegiatan memancing, dan banyaknya polusi tanah menyebabkan minimnya rerumputan di sekitar sungai untuk berpiknik. Volume air yang seharusnya cukup untuk mengairi tanah di sekitarnya juga mulai berkurang, padahal, volume air tidak pernah berubah, lho! Baik pada saat ini, seribu tahun yang lalu, atau seribu tahun ke depan. Hanya saja, jumlah air bersih memang berkurang, dan sungai-sungai mulai banyak yang mengering karena wujud dan lokasi air yang berubah. Sedih sekali, kan!

Bagi mereka yang tinggal di bantaran sungai, dampak dari minimnya air sungai yang bersih tentu berpengaruh dalam menurunnya kualitas hidup. Berkaca dari hasil penelitian di atas, sudah seharusnya kita sadar tentang pentingnya menjaga kebersihan lingkungan, mulai dari membuang sampah pada tempatnya hingga menghemat penggunaan air bersih. Melihat kondisi masyarakat sekitar sungai yang rentan, Project Child Indonesia memiliki program yang ditujukan untuk mendukung perkembangan masyarakat di tiga lokasi bantaran sungai berbeda di Yogyakarta: Kricak, Gajahwong, dan Code. Ialah “Sekolah Sungai”, program ini berfokus untuk mengkampanyekan isu-isu kesehatan, lingkungan yang bersih, dan pemberdayaan masyarakat setempat. Apabila kalian ingin tahu lebih lanjut mengenai program Sekolah Sungai dari Project Child Indonesia, kakak-kakak dapat mengakses tautan berikut!

Selama masa pandemi ini, kegiatan Sekolah Sungai disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan masyarakat sekitar. Salah satunya adalah kebutuhan belajar adik-adik di tiga lokasi bantaran sungai di atas. Kebijakan pemerintah yang sebelumnya mengharuskan kegiatan belajar-mengajar menjadi daring bukan merupakan perkara mudah bagi masyarakat sekitar. Sulitnya akses terhadap internet dan tingkat pemahaman yang berbeda bagi tiap-tiap anak tentu juga menjadi ‘PR’ tersendiri bagi orang tua. Melihat peliknya permasalahan ini, Project Child Indonesia hadir dengan program “Online Learning Assistance” (OLA) guna membantu adik-adik beradaptasi dalam kegiatan belajar-mengajar secara daring maupun peralihan ke masa luring pada saat ini. 

Dikembangkan sejak tahun 2020, program OLA ini telah menjangkau lebih dari 40 sekolah di Yogyakarta dan Pacitan dalam memfasilitasi kebutuhan pembelajaran daring bagi kelompok yang paling rentan. Didanai oleh Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) dan dibantu oleh para relawan, OLA memberikan fasilitas pembelajaran peer-to-peer bagi anak-anak usia 10-12 tahun dalam memahami materi belajar di sekolah, terutama dalam bidang matematika, sains, dan Bahasa Inggris. Project Child Indonesia juga mendukung kebutuhan emosional adik-adik dan para relawan melalui kegiatan “Mindfulness”. Kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk merangsang kecerdasan emosional anak-anak melalui partisipasi aktif dalam kegiatan yang bersifat interaktif antara relawan dengan anak-anak di tiga lokasi di atas. 

Melihat keberhasilan dari dua program tersebut, selanjutnya Project Child Indonesia memiliki cita-cita untuk terus mendukung program pemerintah dalam menciptakan akses pembelajaran daring yang setara bagi seluruh anak di Indonesia. Project Child Indonesia dalam hal ini memprioritaskan mereka yang memiliki akses terhadap sumber daya yang terbatas agar pulih dari situasi pandemi pada saat ini. Tentu saja, program kami tidak akan berhasil tanpa bantuan dari para donor dan relawan yang telah menyisihkan sebagian sumber dayanya untuk bersama bergerak dalam kebaikan! Kakak-kakak dapat mengakses informasi lebih lengkap mengenai program kami dan berdonasi melalui tautan berikut

Referensi

Mackintosh, M. (2010). Children’s Understanding of Rivers, International Research in

Geographical and Environmental Education, 14:4, 316-322, DOI: 10.1080/10382040508668365

Project Child Indonesia Collaborates with the Alumni Grant Scheme

Written by Fitri Nurrahmawati, Grant Researcher Intern at Project Child Indonesia

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous impacts to various sectors, including education. The distance learning policy that was implemented at the beginning of March 2020 forced more than 60 million students all over Indonesia to study from home in order to avoid virus transmission. But, the accessibility to facilities and infrastructure that support the effectiveness of learning from home is not obtained inclusively by all students, thus amplifying the inequality issue that has been prevailing in Indonesia even before the pandemic.

According to SMERU (2020), students with limited support receive the worst impact from the distance learning policy[1]. Assistance to understand the subject materials as a form of learning support is considered to be a luxury in these circumstances. That is because the online interaction between students and teachers creates a barrier that makes the teachers unable to monitor students’ progress in real-time, namely due to several problems such as poor network coverage or knowledge constraints to use the online platforms. Students that come from vulnerable backgrounds are less likely to get direct assistance in understanding the materials since they are more presumably to face budget constraints to support additional online learning needs, including private tutors to help with their homework. Besides, their parents are often too busy making ends meet to fill the teacher’s role for their children. Those conditions make the children from vulnerable families prone to more learning loss.

OLA, an intervention to a more inclusive education

Project Child Indonesia developed Online Learning Assistance (OLA) in order to compensate for the challenges faced by children and parents in optimizing mandatory distance learning from school. In this program, Project Child Indonesia helps children ages 10-12 from lower and middle-income families that are having difficulty facing the shifting of the learning process system by providing Online Tutoring Sessions where volunteers assist children to apply concepts from school subjects especially Math, English, and Science, along with developing mindful learning strategies such as mindful breathing and mindful movements.

Each child is assisted by 2 volunteers through weekly online tutorials that are conducted in the cycle of semesters. The assistance is conducted via WhatsApp. Why WhatsApp? According to the research by Barhoumi (2015), WhatsApp mobile learning activities can be powerful and effective tools for students. It helps students learn and share knowledge and acquire, disseminate, and analyze information and knowledge [2]. Furthermore, WhatsApp has an easy to use interface and has been widely used in daily life where it has ranked as Indonesia’s most popular communication application, used by 143 million total users[3][4]. Cost-wise, WhatsApp can be said as the best alternative since it is a free application that requires no fees or subscriptions. It also has less data usage compared to other alternatives such as teleconference apps. Prior to the commencement of Online Learning Assistance, volunteers are equipped with training and capacity building in September (Induction Training, Mindful Teaching, Data Protection and Digital Safety for Social Programs, and Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy).

Our program was piloted in 2020, where we assisted 80 children from middle to lower-income families to understand the subject material concepts taught in schools, especially Science, Math, and English as the core subjects, considering that learning activities have not been conducted effectively thus creating a learning loss for children, especially children from vulnerable backgrounds that receive limited support. Our evaluation shows that 77.4% of children felt assisted through our programs and 80% state that this program is needed during the pandemic. In the next semester, besides teaching the core subjects, volunteers will also introduce children to mindfulness techniques, such as mindful breathing and mindful movement in order to improve their concentration and reduce stress.

Through the Alumni Grant Scheme that is administered by Australia Awards in Indonesia, the Australian Government enables Project Child Indonesia to engage with more children who would benefit from this program. Project Child Indonesia will have the opportunity to scale up our program to children across Indonesia. We are excited to be developing the initial stages of the program and look forward to its fruition.

References:

[1] Alifia, U., Barasa, A., Bima, L., Pramana, R., Revina, S., & Tresnatri, F. (2021). Learning from Home: A Portrait of Teaching and Learning Inequalities in Times of The Covid-19 Pandemic. Smeru Research Note No. 1/2021, from https://smeru.or.id/sites/default/files/publication/cp01_covidpjj_eng.pdf

[2]Barhoumi, C. (2015). The Effectiveness of WhatsApp Mobile Learning Activities Guided by Activty Theory on Students’ Knowldege Management. Contemporary Educational Technology, 6(3). doi: 10.30935/cedtech/6151

[3] The Most Used Communication Android Apps in ID according to SimilarWeb. (2021). Retrieved August 2021, from https://www.similarweb.com/apps/trends/google/app-index/id/communication/top-free/

[4] Tobing, D., & Simanjuntak, V. (2021). Does WhatsApp controversy affect Indonesian SMEs?. Retrieved August 2021, from https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2021/01/25/does-whatsapp-controversy-affect-indonesian-smes.html

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 Talks: Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia

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

Gender equality can still be quite hard to achieve, especially when it comes to educational opportunities. Project Child Indonesia realizes this issue and has been actively trying to help mitigate it. On May 24th, 2021 the NGO held another webinar featuring Rezki Satris, a lecturer focused on Feminism and Gender Studies at the University of AMIKOM Yogyakarta, as the guest speaker. Taking on the theme “Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia”, the webinar aims to help participants understand more about the importance of gender equality from an early age and how to implement this in kids’ learning process. It was also sponsored by To My Daughter, a jewelry company based in Bali that has a mission to help young girls in impoverished communities worldwide. The perfect sponsor for the insightful webinar!

Alongside its moderator Stephanie Ruth Armida, who is Project Child Indonesia’s Content Writer Intern, the webinar started off with a brief introduction and then it continued with a Gender Equality Education Workshop by the guest speaker. The topics that were discussed included factors causing women’s discrimination in the education sector, solutions to gender gap issues, as well as the purpose of gender perspective education. 

During the Q&A session, participants actively asked a variety of questions regarding the persisting gender inequality issues in Indonesia. One participant asked about the difference between gender equality and gender equity, while another asked about the guest speaker’s stance on recent governmental efforts in alleviating gender inequality in Indonesia. 

If you’re interested in attending our next PCI Talks, don’t forget to follow our Instagram page to stay updated with our future activities and programs!