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IHF PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Indonesia Heritage Foundation has developed a model of comprehensive approach of character education for preschool and elementary school setting. The model is designed in such ways that it could be easily implemented, and be adopted as an alternative community-based preschool program (for those who could not get access to formal kindergarten). The 9 pillar characters are inculcated to preschool children by using a comprehensive approach through:
2. Conducting the Pilot Project
The comprehensive approach has been tested in three different areas, which is called Semai Benih Bangsa or SBB program as pilot project since June 2001. SBB model is a community-based alternative kindergarten designed for children who cannot afford to enroll in formal kindergartens. Each site is located in poor areas (urban slum, semi-urban poor, and rural poor), comprising 30 children in each site (with the total of 90 children). One site uses a garage as a class, one site a terrace, and the other site an ordinary class from an abandoned school building.
The IHF has also developed a formal kindergarten for middle class children, which is called TK.Karakter in Cimanggis, Depok.
To test the model in elementary school setting, a private school located in the city of Jakarta, called "Sekolah Citra Alam" was assigned to be our pilot project since June 2003, while 2 elementary public schools will start implementing this model in February 2004.
Based on some observations and anecdotal data collected by teachers in preschool pilot projects, children's attitudes and behaviors are satisfactory. Children progress reports also show promising results. Most parents have expressed their satisfaction upon the pilot project.
An independent study comparing character of SBB students to that of
non-SBB students (total sample: 175 children) was done using a character
questionnaire designed by the foundation in collaboration with Department
of Community Nutrition and Family Resources, Bogor Agricultural University.
The results from the U Mann Whitney test suggest that SBB students score
5.50 (.00 significance) points higher on the overall character test.
note: TK A: one year participation in SBB Vs. one year
in formal kindergarten
As growth and expansion of the curriculum and model of IHF are fast approaching it is important to the foundation to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum. Based on information collected from IHF pilot project monitoring and evaluation, IHF continually revise and develop its modules.
Developing new themes for elementary school integrated curriculum is in progress.
Developing character education modules for junior and high school students will be developed in the near future.
IHF is also developing children's story books.
4. Promotion for Model Dissemination
One TK. Karakter will be opened in June 2004 in the city of Banda Aceh.
Outside the pilot project (in 3 sites), no elementary schools have adopted the model. However, after a one-day educational seminar facilitated by IHF in Depok city (December 27, 2004), in which 80 people attended (30 elementary school principals, teachers, and school superintendents), some school principals have expressed their interest to adopt the model in the near future.
Disseminating further the model is done through face-to-face advocacy
IHF produces educational toys for preschool children.
-9PILLAR Character puzzles (themes: politeness, no tell lies, independent,
nsert pictures ----- only samples
Books, Periodicals, and Essays
A. Three-monthly SBB Bulletin featuring character building
tips and activities (guide for parents and teachers):
All editions can be purchased at Rp. 3,000,- /edition
B. Six-monthly IHF Journal: describing activities of IHF in six months. Available for free.
ü Mendidik Karakter, Membangun Bangsa, by Ratna Megawangi (ISBN ---, IHF 2004; 180 pages). Price: Rp. 40,000,-
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ü Collection of Published Character-related Essays (Part 1, 2, and 3 -each part contains 25 essays written by Ratna Megawangi). Price Rp. 15,000,- each
Some essays can be read at Article
ü Belajar Mengajar Menyenangkan by Dewi Utama Faizah (Tiga Serangkai, 2003, 48 pages). Price: Rp. 12,500,-
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ü Membiarkan Berbeda? Sudut Pandang Baru Tentang Relasi Gender by Ratna Megawangi (Mizan, 1999/2001 -second edition, 288 pages). Price: Rp. 28,000,-
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ü Wanita Salah Langkah by Danielle Crittenden (Indonesian edition), foreword by Ratna Megawangi (Mizan, 2002, 264 pages). Price: Rp. 35,000,-
ü Mari ke Laut by Dewi Utama Faizah (Adi Cita, 1999, 76 pages). Price: Rp. 55,000 (full color), Rp. 25,000 (black and white).
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ü Sell more than 100 character building story books published by various publishers
Mug with Wayang Character (Srikandi, Bima, Kresna, Arjuna, and Semar)..
To purchase the above products, please contact IHF 021-8712022
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