Cup stacking crosses the divide between economic differences
Each year the grade six class from Bina Gita Gemilang Public School in Tebet focus on a different community organisation they can help out. Their focus is on social welfare.
This year they chose the street and marginalized children of our informal school in Kota Tua, Sekolah Mandiri,
Clara, the Deputy Principal of the public school, said the children had fundraised in the weeks leading up to their meeting through maths championships, an arts festival and a bazaar. The purpose of involving the year six students is to give them a broader outlook of life and to help others.
The funds they raised were handed over to the Sekolah Mandiri students as well as 17 boxes full of items – from recorders and pianikas to rice cookers for the new school (and its sister school Pusat Kegiatan Anak near Manggarai).
The 26 public school children spent some of the morning showing the 28 street and marginalised children some of their talents in cup stacking. Cup stacking is a game of dexterity and speed building up and dismantling pyramids of cups and shuffling cups around in rhythm while clapping. The street children were fascinated with the speed and the sequences they used and were eager to have a turn also.
The interaction between children from economically opposed backgrounds is a lesson in breaking down barriers for all concerned. The street children chattered with the public school kids finding that as children they are not very different at all.
The role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plays an important part in bringing street children into contact with a range of people they would never normally have access to because of their lifestyles. Begging for money on a street corner is a far cry from being chauffeur driven to school each day. The lives of street children are often stripped of their rights to play and develop naturally because of the family priorities to find money to be able to eat on a daily basis.
If your organisation has a plan for a CSR activity we welcome your suggestions and involvement. Give Alles a call on 021 391 8505 to offer your support.