Bambang Haryo Pamungkas (Harry), ‘Preschool’ 2–6 years, Bunga Deidra Ken, Jakarta
‘Indonesia is in lockdown so teachers who can are teaching from home. The main objective for us is to connect and maintain contact with the children and their parents. We teachers feel it is very important for the children to continue to learn and remain connected at this very unsettled time.
Most children in this school can access class via computer or phone. ‘Lessons’ have to use simple things from home and are hands-on.
I ran daily 40-minute sessions where students complete activities, from writing to simple cooking, which are not compulsory and as simple as possible. The activities are fun, manageable and can be done at home. They include physical activities one day per week — singing, dance and movement — which the students do online, where they can see their friends. Staff meet online twice each week to plan tasks and then reflect upon them.
It’s been rewarding to the see the spirit of the children, parents and teachers working together, and the children’s excitement when they see us teachers and their friends. The limited resources have opened us up to being more creative, and I’m glad that we can provide stability and routine for our children during a difficult time.’