Edu-creative: Make Friend with The City
We are a Community Based Organization working to empower youth through alternative education to create a sustainable and friendly city
About Your Organization
Komunitas Sahabat Kota
Indonesia, JR, Bandung
Country where this project is creating social impact
Indonesia, JR, Bandung
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?
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for 1‐5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
To raise the ability of children to live what other people felt, experienced and thought; or what we called empathy. We are focusing on raising their empathy with their surrounding, particularly with the city in which they grow and develop.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
Our main strategy is to acquaint children to variety things in the city that they might miss in their daily live. For example, if children are accustomed to use a private car, we introduced them to use bus as public transportation. If children are accustomed with modern supermarket which is comfortable, we held a program in a traditional market. If children are accustomed to spend time at the mall, we invited them to play in the mountains or a city park. It is hoped by these means the children can experience a variety of situations and respond with various feelings (excitement, feel successful, hot, tired, disgust, pity, and so forth) so that the wealth of emotions rise and develop empathy skills. In addition, developing the ability to empathize also takes practice. Therefore, in the event, we give emphasis on togetherness, cooperation, collaboration and mutual assistance, as well as possible to reduce the aura of competition.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
The target of Edu-creative Program are primary school children, especially those with age 8-12 yrs. Up until now, our Edu-creative Program has developed into 3 models:
1. School visit, a 3-hours extra-curriculum program. School children are encouraged to investigate and explore their school surroundings in thematic approach (e.g. water, food in canteens, child-friendly and dangerous places around schools).
2. Kidsventure Club, a monthly program to explore various places in the city. We take children to parts of the city that they are not familiar with (e.g. a neighborhood park under the flyover), encourage them to interact with the people living there.
3. Holiday Program, a yearly program to explore the city more intensively, usually the duration in 5 to 7 days. We challenge the children to investigate, for example, where tap water come from. From this process they learn that there is a long process and also many people involved to produce tap water, so that they grow respect for the water and the people working to clean it.
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?
In Bandung - as a city that known for its creativity and cooperation between its communities - we don’t see other party as competitors. We believe that to build a city that friendly for its citizen, particularly for the children, we need to cooperate and strengthen the relation between one and another.
Some of communities potential for collaboration are:
1. Aleut, a community that provides city history tour for adults - we can work together with them to develop children history tour program
2. Alternative schools - some school develops exploration programs, but it is often school-based and not a priority. We can collaborate with them to improve their program or provide services to design and implement the program
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]
Sahabat Kota is a Community Based Organization providing alternative education to build capacity of young people in the city.
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Encourage young people to interact positively with various surroundings and people, allowing them to build connection with the city
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
After participating in our programs, many youth continue their contribution as volunteers in Sahabat Kota and other communities/organizations. Some of the children formerly joining our program (they are now in junior high and high school) have initiated their own unique movements to solve problems found in their neighbourhood.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
1000 new youth volunteers actively giving services to the city's society.
School-based changes; piloting a project with a school to transform it into "eco-school" - actively practicing and educating sustainable lifestyle
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Barriers: commitment of human resources to work long term in Sahabat Kota, fund for movement and program development.
Plan to overcome: creating a social business model to sustain the movement, also to enable Sahabat Kota to hire full-time staffs with long-term commitment
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Establish weekly edu-creative program, so that there will be 4 programs each month
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Building capacity of the team, especially in program management
Develop program modules and Standard Operational Procedures to ensure the good quality of the program
Gathering resources for the program (fund, volunteers)
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Initiation of School-based transformation program
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Building relation with at least one school, to be a partner for pilot-project
Raising fund for the program
Building capacity of the team, especially in working in long term with the school and society
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]
Almost all founders of Sahabat Kota were born in Bandung. When we were kids we used to go out far from home to play. We were concerned to see that children nowadays don't have this privilege, because the city has become unsafe for children to play outside. So in 2007, we made our first holiday program; we invited primary school children to play and explore the city for 5 days, while we and some friends from the university became their facilitators. We got very positive feedback from both the children and the parents. One of the parents even told us that her inspired daughter said she wanted to be facilitators like us when she grew up. This made us realize that there are real needs for this kind of program. So we made the 2nd and 3rd holiday programs, developing the first school-visit programs, and after that we agreed to establish the movement into an organization. Since then, more and more young people has joined us as volunteers.
Tell us about your partnerships
Our network includes schools, universities and other organizations working in various fields from education, environment, urban intervention, children, youth, disaster management, even art and music because we use various methods to deliver our programs. Partnerships have been done with schools (using our programs as after-school activities), government (giving training for teachers), and other organizations (developing education materials, make collaborative programs).
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
Staffs need to have full-time and long term commitment, have good organizational and team-work skills.
Volunteers also need to have longer commitment, because the more experienced the volunteers, the better they are in delivering the education.
High turnover rate of staffs and volunteers cause great loss of much skills and knowledge that should be accumulated in the organization.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Our expertise is in developing educational children programs; we can offer ideas and innovations in that field.
On the other side, we are not experienced in managing a business; we also don't have enough basic knowledge about law, while they are highly needed to ensure the sustainability of our movement. That's why we need mentoring and pro-bono help in that field.