March 2010 Project Update

Educators' Early Learning Seminar in Kulon Progo

Educators' Early Learning Seminar in Kulon Progo

One of the main obstacles in today’s early childhood education is the lack of quality educational materials. In addition, there is a need for character-building material that helps teach moral values to children as well as communication skills. Children are the hope of the future and it’s imperative to encourage and challenge them in a positive way.

In conjunction with Aurora Productions, Family Care Indonesia has worked to translate and produce just such educational materials in the Indonesian language in order to help meet this educational need. These materials include the lively and fun-filled Treasure Attic educational video series and activity books.

In March 2010, FCI conducted three days of teachers’ training seminars for over 300 preschool (PAUD or Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini) teachers in Kulon Progo, Central Java. The seminars were an information-packed event for preschool teachers from low-income villages.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, FCI was able to provide each teacher with a set of educational materials which focus on early childhood learning. The set included three VCDs with six Treasure Attic episodes along with three highly illustrated activity books that accompany the VCDs. A teacher’s manual explaining the use of the program was also included. Each teacher also received a certificate for attending the seminar.

The seminar included such topics as how children learn and the different methods of teaching along with a “how to" on incorporating the VCDs in a curriculum followed by a short workshop on this topic. All of the materials provided at the seminar had been translated into Indonesian and produced beforehand by FCI volunteers.

These early learning seminars are proving to be a tremendous asset to communities throughout Indonesia. The materials provided by FCI are very appreciated by educators as the pre-school groups are usually very simple and have limited access to educational materials. The groups are usually conducted in the teacher’s home or in small community centers in the villages. This fairly new program in Indonesia and is worthy of support and encouragement. We consider it a privilege to be involved in this program and are very thankful for our sponsors who have made our involvement possible.


Relief Projects in East Java

Relief Projects in East Java

This month, Family Care Indonesia teams followed up on some of our previously established relief programs in West Java. A team returned to the Pangalengan area, which was the site of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in September 2009. This was our fourth visit to the area since the earthquake.

We also visited the Ciwidey tent camp for disaster victims to survey the needs of the flood and mud slide victims who have lost their houses and loved ones. On this trip, FCI volunteers also distributed a ton of rice and other food staples which were donated by our kindhearted supporters.