Inspiration,  Writing

Children education in Indonesia

When you create excitement, education happened!

That’s what I learn from watching one of TED videos about a professor who put PCs in slum areas in India and just let it there without doing any mentoring to the kids around. In days, even hours, a lot of them could create things using the computer. No one telling them what to do. It’s amazing!

One day I got a chance to visit a mosque at one of slum areas in South Jakarta. I didn’t teach the kids how to read Quran, because they already have good teachers for that, but I told them my stories. About pursuing my dreams.

They are kids who glad enough to survive day after day. Living side by side with the garbage their parents collect everyday to make a living. All of them didn’t have a dream at all. Or passion. Or anything. I can only see blank stare in their eyes. No burning desire to get whatsoever ahead in their life. They’re afraid to speak their mind. And reluctant to even speak it through writing. I’m very concerned. These are Indonesia’s next generation!

I have a dream for them. That someday they could turn their life around, brought their family with them, out of the slums. Starting with writing and reading. More knowledge, more insights, more sharing, more creativities, would grow these kids.

I started series of public speaking in universities and schools to encourage more young people to write and eventually read. I challenge them to write in several days. Create a book together at Nulisbuku.com. Just be a creator, not only a follower. This project somehow excite them. One of the students at St. Ursula even said that she’s the one who’s going to make the cover of their class book. Awesome!

I love the young. I love children. They are my source of happiness, my teacher. I want to see them grow & shine!

If you think I can help you in any way for my concern in children education, or if you think you have the same concern, just leave a message in this comment box :)

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A writer of 30 books. Co-Founder & CMO Storial.co & NulisBuku.com. Initiate StartupLokal, the biggest startup community in Indonesia. Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech Indonesia.

17 Comments

  • Pipi

    I almost cried reading the part that those children had no hope whatsoever with their lives. They’re kids, they have their life far ahead of them, and they didn’t even know how to dream? It’s pretty sad!

    This is the time when I want to criticize the government for have abandoned those children, but then I remember that critics without contributions is the same as a big nonsense. And I have no contributions but to start creating a different culture for my family and friends, that no matter how poor you are, having a dream is FREE.

    I don’t know what else to say, but to hope that someday our government make education as our priority. Kinda like the “no kids left behind” program by Barack Obama, perhaps. :D

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  • Mita

    :) seru baca kisahnya mbak…memang kenyataannya anak-anak sekarang kerap kehilangan kebahagiaan yang padahal, bila ditinjau dari umur mereka, dapat mereka dapatkan dari hal-hal sederhana. Mereka juga kehilangan kesempatan untuk memuaskan kepenasarannya…tertutup oleh berbagai ‘tuntutan’ yang terlalu dini…

    ditunggu kisah lainnya mbak Ollie :D

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  • Fia

    Yaaaa anak2 adl generasi penerus bangsa. Ditangan&pundak merekalah keberlangsungan indonesia tercinta. Pendidikan, salah 2nya mmg mlalui membaca&mnulis, mrupakn investasi mutlak utk mjd pribadi yg tangguh berkarakter. Scr aku ngeri jg mlihat bhw bnyk ortu/skolah yg lbh mngedepankn nilai/angka yg tertera bukan value atas kmampuan&perkembangan tiap2 individu peserta didik. Tetap&terus berjuanglah wahai generasi bangsa garuda di dadaku

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  • Shelbyra Fitri

    sy senang baca blog mba ollie ^^
    disamping nambah pengetahuan jg menambah pengalaman saya.

    Saat ini pun sy juga volunteer di SA (Sahabat Anak) area Gambir. Saya mengajar bimbel bagi anak-anak di daerah stasiun gambir dan taman monas.

    Senang rasanya mengajar mereka. Masyarakat (sebagian, yg saya tahu) hanya menaruh stigma negatif kpd mereka sprt cap “anak jalanan” pdhl mrk juga adalah anugerah dari Tuhan. Mereka hanya perlu diperhatikan sbg anak dan dihargai pendapatnya sebagai manusia.

    Mereka adalah kebahagiaan saya, guru hidup bagi saya juga sbg sahabat saya.

    Jika ada yang mau membantu mengajar mereka, silahkan datang ke taman monas minggu jam 3 sore (maaf, tdk bermaksud iklan…hehehe ^^)

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    Ollie Reply:

    @Shelbyra Fitri, Aku ikutan ngajar dong say… kelas menulis :D kapan ya… please email me auliah5 at gmail.com

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    Shelbyra Fitri Reply:

    @Ollie, Mba Ollie, aq udah email yah, cb cek di inbox atau di spam…hehehehe ^^

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  • bayu

    That’s what I learn from watching one of TED videos about a professor who put PCs in slum areas in India and just let it there without doing any mentoring to the kids around. In days, even hours, a lot of them could create things using the computer. No one telling them what to do. It’s amazing!

    One day I got a chance to visit a mosque at one of slum areas in South Jakarta. I didn’t teach the kids how to read Quran, because they already have good teachers for that, but I told them my stories. About pursuing my dreams.

    They are kids who glad enough to survive day after day. Living side by side with the garbage their parents collect everyday to make a living. All of them didn’t have a dream at all. Or passion. Or anything. I can only see blank stare in their eyes. No burning desire to get whatsoever ahead in their life. They’re afraid to speak their mind. And reluctant to even speak it through writing. I’m very concerned. These are Indonesia’s next generation!

    I have a dream for them. That someday they could turn their life around, brought their family with them, out of the slums. Starting with writing and reading. More knowledge, more insights, more sharing, more creativities, would grow these kids.

    I started series of public speaking in universities and schools to encourage more young people to write and eventually read. I challenge them to write in several days. Create a book together at Nulisbuku.com. Just be a creator, not only a follower. This project somehow excite them. One of the students at St. Ursula even said that she’s the one who’s going to make the cover of their class book. Awesome!

    I love the young. I love children. They are my source of happiness, my teacher. I want to see them grow & shine!

    If you think I can help you in any way for my concern in children education, or if you think you have the same concern, just leave a message in this comment box :)

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  • Maryati

    Mbak Ollie, saya sgt concern sekali mengenai pendidikan di Indonesia. Saat ini saya jg sedang menjalankan bisnis di bidang education dan berencana untuk membuka pendidikan gratis bagi mereka yg memiliki keterbatasan finansial. Saya berniat sekali ikut serta dengan program mbak. Saya tinggalkan email saya ya untuk berdiskusi lebih jauh lagi mengenai pendidikan. Terimakasih banyak mbak :)

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  • Arman

    an idea sparked in my head, seeing the proliferation of social media in Indonesia, why not give chance for their facebook posts and tweets into more deeper writings?

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  • Lookn

    windshield washer fluid will not do any good and you defntiiely can not put it in the water lines because it might be toxic.The RV antifreeze was exactly what you wanted to use

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