PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a) We have 2 main beneficiaries: teachers (local and city volunteers) and village children. We conduct trainings and workshop for our teachers and with the children we play by enhancing creative learning environments.
b) At our selected villages.
c) Depends on the circumstances, but usually once a month there is a workshop or village visit held by us.
d) 6 hours/day
e) Experts or volunteers
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
The rise of the internet, especially social media, and electronic gadgets, show that the world we are living in is progressing rapidly.
Conventional teaching that emphasize on 1-way communication and just on the transfer of knowledge is getting more outdated. Young learners can easily know subjects from science to language by accessing the internet. This phenomenon should encourage educational activities to deepen its curriculum on things that only live interaction can give. Such as a learning atmosphere that may enhance creativity and the transfer of positive social values.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Learning through play is creative learning and creative teaching combined. To produce creative learners the learning environment has to be a setting that flourishes with a fun atmosphere. We can only get a fun and positive atmosphere from creative teaching methods not from conventional ones. So learning through play starts from the teachers, the adults, who consider themselves as the frontrunners of change.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
As of now these are the general percentage from our sources of funding:
70%: Personal Donations
20%: Business sector of the organization
10%: Institution Donations
This breakdown is far from ideal but we are progressing in a better financial consistency.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
As of now it is still focused on a non-profit model but we hope to be able to expand it in the future so it can include a for-pofit sector that it is able to be an economic support for our beneficiaries. If our project can sustain and develop in a positive trend, our beneficiaries would produce creative products that can be sold for profit through exhibitions or other events.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
We would use it to set up a one year project of Sekolah Imajinasi in 3-5 villages. We succeeded with our pilot project and attained new insights from our evaluation stage. We are confident to be able to set up a better model for a 1 year project with more sustainable and insightful results. Besides that our pilot project needs to continue in order for the goals to succeed.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
During the pilot project of Sekolah Imajinasi we maintained a close partnership with BCCF (Bandung Creative City Forum), an NGO and think tank for the local government. They have a project quite similar with us and we managed to discuss and share information that strengthen our programs. The Creative Teacher Training Stage which we designed for our project is now used by BCCF for their creative program.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
The project "Creative Classrooms through Empowered Teachers
The Inspired Teaching Institute" founded by Aleta Margolis is the project we find very suitable to partner with us. They share a similar focus to train teachers to be creative teachers in order for them to create creative learners.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
From the start up, this project has goals to be able to inspire the government in the shaping of government policy in the educational area. Three main components of a school, which are the teachers, learners, and curriculum, have to harmonize in order to impact each other in a positive cycle. With unlimited funding, in 15 years, this project would foresee radical change of the educational system in Indonesia.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
We have received testimonies from our developed villages, that our visits inspire the parents (especially families living in more remote areas) to let their children go to school.
For the long run of this project we would focus on the upgrading of creative teaching skills which can be measured by CTI (Creative Teaching Inventory) and also the creativity of the learners which can be quantitatively and qualitatively.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.