International Development Empathy Activation IDEA
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About Your Organization
Tunas CerdasGemilang: The Governing Board of SekolahkuMyschool
Country where this project is creating social impact
Is your organization a
Non‐profit / NGO / Citizen sector organization
Your role in Education
The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with
How long has your organization been operating?
More than 5 years
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for more than 5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Bullying in schools is a world–wide problem that inhibits learning empathy in education and is potentially destructive to any child who becomes a victim, the bully and any bystanders. From pre-school onwards, the bully frequently attains a position of power that later manifests itself in society as a member of a criminal gang displaying severe anti-social, anti-establishment behaviour. The victim, frequently a member of a minority group often suffers severe anxiety, distress and fearfulness that can lead to loss of self esteem, self mutilation and in some cases, death. Empathy has not developed in either child.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
Schools must become inclusive of all children and deliver a strong message that empathy is their cornerstone to social and emotional development, with an Anti-Bullying Program the key to developing empathy. Each school’s philosophy, vision and mission must deliver strong messages of tolerance, empathy and understanding for disadvantaged children whilst the inclusion of a proven Anti-Bullying Program integrated with the curriculum in every class, every year, throughout the year, is non-negotiable. Teachers must be committed to providing active, challenging, joyful and effective learning experiences in which empathy is demonstrated and developed. Children must be free from fear or intimidation by their peers, their seniors or their teachers. Parents and the community must know and support the anti-bullying philosophy living it out in their daily lives.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
The Anti-Bullying Program assists children of all abilities become informed decision makers who are active, articulate, assertive and respectful problem solvers with the ability to defend themselves while feeling empathy with others. The structure and content of the anti-Bullying material ensures that the learning is embedded in daily activities leading to retention and automation. The whole year, whole school, all child approach uses the same program at differing levels of difficulty, and ensures continuity of learning, further embedding the messages of cooperation, inclusion, empathy and respect for each other.
Introductions to each topic are followed by teacher-child discussions in which children relate their understandings of the topic bringing examples of whom and what constitutes bullying behaviour in different situations; the teacher plans activities that illustrate these situations. All activities are cumulative commencing with feeling ‘Welcome or Unwelcome’, making ‘Class Rules’, being the ‘Same or Different’, or ‘Planning a Class Party’. Children then draw or write their own perceptions of a bully, the constitution of bullying behaviour, where bullying happens, and any bullying they may have experienced, expressing their feelings at that time. These stories and illustrations are made into books for future reference by teachers and children.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
There are no competitors in Indonesia: peers are 5 post graduate students from the University of Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta) who have researched the implementation of ‘Caring’ and ‘Friendship’, two modules from the same Anti-Bullying Program. This research examined the teachers’ uptake of knowledge about bullying after training, shadowing the teachers and assisting in implementing the anti-Bullying activities. As part of our proposed team the students will not pose a challenge or threat but will contribute to our success as the first anti-Bullying training team in Indonesia working internationally to create Best Practice for Developing Empathy in Early Childhood Settings
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Tunas Cerdas Gemilang’s bully-free environments promote inclusivity and social/emotional development with the development of empathy in
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
This yearly Anti-Bullying Program is implemented in incremental levels that extend and enrich children’s prior knowledge.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Four Yogyakarta schools have successfully implemented the Anti-Bullying Program to approximately 500 students and families. A rise in pro-social behaviours and a decrease in bullying behaviours has been combined with children, staff, families and community members demonstrating increased knowledge and awareness of bullying. Children have become real world problem solvers showing increased empathy and teachers are empowered to build anti-Bullying activities that reduce bullying and aggression.
Research and practice in anti-Bullying, Character Education and Developing a Positive Classroom Climate has been presented in 10 seminars to approximately 1,000 Indonesian participants.
Research, conducted by post graduate psychologists, of the Anti-Bullying Program has been disseminated through international workshops, conferences and lectures to 100’s of Early Childhood specialists in the US, Indonesia, Sweden and Hong Kong.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
• During the next 1 – 3 years the anti-Bullying program will become essential course work for Indonesian and New Jersey (US) Early Childhood Education trainee teachers
• 25 Indonesian graduates and 25 undergraduate/graduate students in New Jersey will undertake research into the effects of bullying on the social and emotional development of young children
• 25 anti-Bullying workshops per year will be held in Indonesian and New Jersey schools
• 3 schools per year in diverse areas of Indonesia and New Jersey will become model schools
• 100 experts in each country will deliver the training and train new trainers
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
B1: Government reticence to promote/support this program in schools–
Solution: Garner written support from Anti-Bullying in Schools action groups on Twitter/Facebook/Link-In – present petitions to appropriate Government bodies
B2: Reluctance of Universities to include the Anti-Bullying program as a standard course in the curriculum
Solution: Generate student/parent/alumni advocacy and support for the importance and teaching of an anti-Bullying program in all schools delivering an inclusion program
B3:Not enough trained committed teachers to spread the training widely
Solution: Advertise widely for empathetic persons affected by bullying in their families or friends – provide training to become an Anti-Bullying Program facilitator
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Implemented Anti-Bullying and Developing Empathy 6 workshops, 240 participants; 6 facilitator groups, 120 trained facilitators
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Promote the Anti-Bullying & Developing Empathy training workshops to Indonesian private & governmental teacher training inst.
Prepare promotional materials, training modules, source & access resources, allocate roles, train teachers to deliver the traini
Write job descriptions, organize training schedules, progress meetings, transportation, accommodation, meals, evaluation/assessm
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
National & International advertising: bullying effects on children in 50 Parent forums, magazines, support groups 100 Schools/Ki
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Mobilising students, teachers, parents, and community through different media, as advocates for victims of bullying
Construct data bases to track contacts. Identify potential leaders and assistants in different locations around Indonesia
Meetings with the Indonesian National Government and 4 National Universities address the lack of empathy in education
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The incidence of bullying in Indonesian schools and society is high with often fatal results: people do not yet fully recognise the devastating effects of bullying. Initially minority group students in SekolahkuMySchool experienced peer intimidation and bullying. After discussing the problem, Dr. Hinitz suggested training teachers and implementing the lessons in the Anti-Bullying Program. Reading the documents was the “Aha” moment for me as this holistic full year program fosters social/ emotional development, empathy, conflict resolution skills, collaboration and teamwork, student leadership, cultural sensitivity and tolerance of students with differing abilities. The proactive program assists children to understand the perspectives of others and move fluidly from the egocentric stage of development to higher order skills and behaviour that undergirds the development of empathy
Tell us about your partnerships
1. The Australian Government, AusAID program supports a volunteer consultant for 2 years: previously 4 other volunteers have been supported
2. KinderGym Victoria is an Australia Partner Organisation that provides Gymnastics advice and training at SekolahkuMySchool.
3. The University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) and SekolahkuMySchool in Indonesia, and the Howley School and the College of New Jersey in the US have formed an educational research and development relationship into effective anti-Bullying programs
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
The Consultant, the Head of the Governing Body and the Head Teacher will ensure that the growth milestones are achieved
Existing and newly trained staff of SekolahkuMySchool will act as leaders, organisers and Head Trainers in Indonesia
Trained and new facilitators will work with volunteers to implement the activities on a regular basis.
The University has committed five students to complete the program over the next year and increase this number in consecutive years.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Networking will be established between SekolahkuMySchool, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), The College of New Jersey, Howley School, Central Michigan University (US), and Ankara University (Turkey). This team will invite supporters to assist in filling the needs of children experiencing discrimination or bullying and share their expertise to a wider audience.