Edufun “Changing People’s Lives : I and My Indonesia”
One of the activities programmed by SahabatAnak Manggarai in 2013 was a visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). This activity is aiming at introducing Indonesia to the children, so they can embrace its cultural richness and diversity. The activity was carried out on October 28, 2013, and was supported by Jakarta Praise Community Church. It was followed by 52 mentored children in SA Manggarai.
To make the education program exciting, the activity was packaged in Amazing Race concept. The children were divided into several small groups, and equipped by a map and descriptions of Indonesia’s provinces. The teams had to guess the name of the province that matches the descriptions, then went on searching its location by consulting the map. After completing the first mission, the organizer would give new challenges for the next routes.
There were four provinces that must be visited by each team. As soon as they arrived in the set destination, they were introduced to several activities such as Eat Bulaga games, Name Guessing games, and also kite-making. After the Amazing Race is done, the activity was continued by a visit to PP Iptek building located in the TMII.
Sindy, a children from SA Manggarai who participated in the visit, said, “Even it’s tiring because we had so many activities, I was happy that I can learn about the names of cities in Indonesia, the names of heroes, and I also could freely ride a bike.”
Happiness was also expressed by Vera, a volunteer in SA Manggarai, “I was delighted to see the spirits of the children throughout the program. That day would be an unforgettable day for them. They could go around Indonesia in a day, as we know that playing and learning in TMII are not something that they can experience at just any time.”
Through the education program, SA Manggarai has proved that learning could be done everywhere, not solely in the classroom. The children were not just happy, but they could also gain so much. For example, they could learn working in a group while they were given a challenge as a team.