Get in Touch with the Issues about Poverty in my Country, Indonesia
This week I contacted my beloved long-old fellow best-friend, Titik Kristiani, MSi. She is a lecturer in a reputable university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in the major of Psychology.
My fellow Titik Kristiani, MSi is also a mother of two toddler boys, so I could imagine how busy she is with her job as a lecturer, and her everyday activities with her family, especially with her sons. So, I really appreciate her willingness to always replay my emails and messages trough the short-message-service in her phone. Sometimes my phone was still beeping in the middle of the night, receiving the message from her. With the three hours different time between Oman and Indonesia, I knew that in the middle of the night here in Oman means almost dawn there in Indonesia. I do really appreciate her commitment not only for the early childhood field, but especially also to our friendship. Thanks Fellow!!
When I asked Titik Kristiani to share about her experience, idea or any programs she involved with poverty and early childhood education, she started sharing her experiences like this…..
Titik Kristiani told me that near where she lives in Yogyakarta, there was a village with most of the population was poor or low income families. Most of the adult sometimes with a great potential , did not have high education because of the poverty. So at the end there were just end up working as a laborer in the factories with low wages, ….or even worse, they would end up as unemployment.
Titik Kristiani, MSi understood that investing in young children is the key to reduce poverty in a country. Together with her husband who was also the lecturer in the same university and faculty where she worked, they had the idea to establish the community group to teach the young children and primary-age children from the low income family in the village near where they live. The educators and the teachers in this community was Titik Kristyani and her husband’s students from the Faculty of Psychology in the university where they worked, who were willing to volunteer their time and dedicated themselves to teach the children in the village. At the end, the children from the low income family from this village could experience the early childhood education with the good quality, but free of charge! So Titik Kristani will come there in the village as the program supervisor for her students who regularly volunteer to teach there in the village near where she lived.
What a great contribution to the society around you, my fellow Titik Kristyani and her husband! Your students in the university as the future-psychologist in the country also will have a great benefit to flourish their passion in educational psychology and early childhood education!
Poverty in Indonesia is a major and multidimensional issue to resolve and need holistic solutions from many aspects. What my fellow Titik Kristyani did for the young children around her is really a great contribution for the society around her, for her students and for her own development as a professional in early childhood education.
Keep on sharing, keep on educating, and keep on inspiring!!
Warm Regards from Muscat, Oman