Webinar Series I of the Dream Village Library Exhibition

The Village Dream Library Exhibition is one of the routine activities carried out by Rumah Relawan Remaja volunteers since 2018 until now. This exhibition is usually held openly in the Tsunami Museum building. However, considering the Covid-19 condition, the exhibition has been held virtually for the last two years from 2020 to 2021. This exhibition is one of the places to appreciate the work of students during teaching and learning activities in six villages where the dream village Library is located which is in four districts of Aceh Province.

In this Virtual Exhibition, there are several series of activities including webinars and live Instagram. This webinar itself consists of 3 series for 3 days. The first day of the webinar is held on Monday, July 12, 2021, starting at 09.00 with 109 participants. The first webinar series was filled with three presenters who have long been directly involved in the world of alternative education. The first session of the webinar was presented by Kak Rahmiana Rahman who is the head of Rumah Relawan Remaja. Kak Ami, as she is usually called, discussed one of the alternative learning programs that 3R community has worked on since 2016. This program is implemented in remote areas or those that have been affected by disasters in Aceh including Bah and Sempah Villages (Central Aceh), Sarah Baru Village (South Aceh), Baling Karang Village (Aceh Tamiang), Lapeng Village (Pulo Aceh), Klieng Cot Arun (Aceh Besar). In this Dream Village Library, 3R provides alternative learning facilities with a small library and various kinds of reading books, as well as dream teachers (3R volunteers) as educative and interactive learning facilitators. This program consists of three classes, namely basic reading class, advanced reading class, and writing class. Apart from that, there are also art classes, crafts, youth classes such as photography and classes for women.              

  The second session of the webinar was presented by Kak Tri Astuti. Kak Tri is one of the teachers at Sokola Institute since 2015 and having been placed at Sokola Rimba in Jambi and Sokola Kaki Gunung in Jember. Before being involved in Sokola, Kak Tri was also involved in many community activities. Sokola Institute is an educational concept for indigenous peoples or remote tribes in Indonesia. Kak Tri explained about “Contextual” Alternative Education. Kak Tri explained that contextual education must include daily events and community involving issues as learning objects. She also explained about participatory education which involving the community in learning agreements, curriculum, mapping issues, sharing, and local knowledge. In addition, the community is also an evaluator. He also explained that education volunteers (teachers) are not super heroes because “good is not necessarily right”, learn before teaching, grounded attitude, field understanding, besides that volunteers also have to “live in”. which is living with the community.

The third session of the webinar was presented by Kak Muhammad Ridwan Alimuddin, who is the founder of Nusa Pustaka, journalist, writer, photographer, videoagrapher, film maker, and also a librarian. He is also the coordinator of the Armada Pustaka Mandar, and is now the chairman and coach of his various communities. His delivered more about education from home, where he educates his children with the concept of introducing and utilizing the natural surroundings for learning media. He explained that there were many teachers in quantity, but very few has quality. If we can’t reach a wider environment, at least we can start from our own family. He also teaches his children in simple ways, for example, he educates his children about releasing turtles. He also educates children about mangrove trees and their functions by inviting their children to gain knowledge not only from formal education but also from daily learning by utilizing natural media such as animals, plants, and others.

written by Mina



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