Literacy Week #1: National Children Day with Refugee Children in Jakarta
Sandya Institute, in collaboration with Books for Asia as part of the Asia Foundation, initiated a set of events to commemorate the National Children’s Day which falls on 23 July every year. Last week, we held a webinar on the rights of refugee children to access education, featuring three notable speakers; Ms. Ann Maymann from UNHCR Indonesia, Mr. Hernowo Poetranto from Save the Children, and Abdul Samad Haidari, the author of Red Ribbon. Following the webinar, we also opened book donation for refugee children and surprisingly received warm welcome from many people. As a result, Sandya Institute had received almost 400 books for refugee children around Jakarta and we are very thankful for this warm response.
Aside from individual donors, Sandya Institute also received 260 books donated by Cushman & Wakefield. We decided to distribute to Tebet Learning Center and Ciputat Learning Center, both managed and run by Human Initiative of UNHCR and its learning partners. The books are in English and its categories range from books for kids in elementary school age until high-schoolers or even young adults. We also got the chance to meet some refugee children in each learning center as their educational activities are currently postponed and moved virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Our books allocation for Tebet Learning Center and Ciputat Learning Center are based on the number of refugee children and the age categories. We met their representatives and took some pictures of the learning centers as well as with the kids, as seen below.
We would like to thank Cushman & Wakefield and Books for Asia as part of the Asia Foundation for collaborating with us in making this a success. We are also grateful for the help and support of the UNHCR Indonesia and its partners for assisting us with the book donation. We hope that our cooperation does not stop here, but will also extend to other opportunities.
This is a little contribution from Sandya Institute to solidify our commitment to support the fulfillment of the rights to education of refugee children. May this opportunity serve as the first step to many more progresses to come and may this opportunity become a symbol of hope that the refugee children will have the same chance to be what they wish to be through education.
We will post more updates on other books donated by our individual donors in our upcoming posts. Stay tune!