26 October 2018 | by Admin

Ayo Berteman 2018/2019

2018/2019

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In 2017, WLF through SD Ora et Labora, Tangerang and PAUD Generasi Bibit Unggul, Prailangina – Sumba launched one year pilot project program for “Ayo Berteman” to test its feasibility. The pilot project starts in the academic year 2017/2018 (July 2017 to July 2018). The target beneficiaries are students from both schools: students grade 1, 2, and 3 for SD in Jakarta and all students for PAUD in Sumba. The pilot project had two components focusing on financial donations and exchanging correspondence. For the financial donations, the intervention was mainly focusing on the distribution of donations for Sumba’s children education fund and the establishment of PAUD’s playground. As for exchanging-correspondence component, the program intervention was focusing on exchanging crafts, videos, photos, and letter (about hopes and dreams).

After a one year pilot project, a preliminary assessment was made. The assessment was conducted using qualitative approach that comprises of a series of semi-structured FGD (Focus Group Discussion) among targeted beneficiaries. All participants were asked to reflect upon their experience during the program. The discussion guideline comprises of their limitations and facilitators during implementation, the benefits (if any) they draw from these activities, their impression on what the students feel about the program, and more generally on their recommendation and impression toward the program. The initial findings showed that (1) students began to understand the cultural, social, and economic differences and showed empathic attitudes toward their pen-pal friends in Sumba, (2) students also began to express gratitude of their current well-being through prayers, crafts, and others, (3) students began to feel more confident in their own work, and lastly (4) students showed a great sense of curiosity towards new things, such as, the natural conditions of Sumba and the habits of the people who live there [WLF, 2018]. Despite some rooms of improvements within the pilot, the findings had showed more benefit than harm. In regards with this finding, WLF decided to continue the pilot with a few developments in the programmatic intervention aspect.

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The second phase of Ayo Berteman aimed to support positive socio-cognitive development in early and primary education. It focuses on the importance to broaden the horizon and perspective of students on diversity, empathy, cultural awareness, and social aspects; and, hence, changing their mind set and attitude towards the values of tolerance, openness, and acceptance of diversity. As part of WLF’s quality assurance, the project will be evaluated and measured through baseline and end line survey, with the following objectives: (1) to collect data regarding the level of attitude and behaviour among students on tolerance, respect to diversity, compassion (all students), gratitude and empathy (Tangerang students), empowerment and self-esteem (Sumba students); (2) To look at the level of support provided by teachers and parents for internalization of the targeted values among students; (3) To gather recommendations for project design and implementation improvement.