2.5 million Indonesian children who should be in school are not - 600,000 of primary school age and 1.9 million of junior secondary school age (13-15 years). Our conversations with school leads, teachers, volunteers tells us that its more than just not having access to schools (affordability, infrastructure). Source: Unicef
There are numerous factors at play here:
1. - Children are not encouraged to continue education to be able to succeed in life. Indonesia being an Islamic country, families believe in the ‘pasrah’ (acceptance of one’s fate, belief that God will craft the path). In the end, parents want their kids to do well and live and most times, education becomes an accessory than an essential part of a kid’s life. Also, Indonesian parents put spiritual learning and learning of values as more important than education.
2. - Children are not motivated to learn more. Learning is boring, playing is fun. Learning is taxing and involves homework, competition andpassive listening.
We believe that in order to make learning possible among kids who currently aren’t, its important to create a system that will help creating a desire to learn and ease of access to learning.
For example, kids here are visually driven. They need to be engaged rather than being told. We need to create an environment that gives them a feeling of co-creation rather than a fixed structure.
Kids love play – in the form of games, sports, trading cards, competitions. How can learning take what they like and create an environment that makes kids want to be a part of it?
WE ARE CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF:
Making learning desirable while making it accessible (low-cost/free) among kids in Jakarta who currently have the desire but no access or don’t have the desire or access to it.
With people’s help, we will create this exciting new system that is porous (leaving air for flexibility), that is fundamentally based on fun and play (motivating kids to learn) and is all-encompassing (academia and life lessons).
We hope to put forth the idea of gamification of learning which we can make strong and robust through ideas generated at this dinner. The step after will be to possibly start looking at partners or even owners to bring this to life.