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Don’t Take Education For Granted

12 Jan

I want to go to school too...

Education is very important in our lives. Unfortunately, Indonesian education is not at the maximum standard, and not everybody has the access to education. However, it is really frustrating to see privileged children who are in school taking education for granted.  They protest every day on how much they hate learning or going to school. Many of them can’t be bothered doing their homework, and not many privileged children have the will to achieve something great academically. On the other hand, children from financially struggling families want the luxury to be able to go to school.

Four of the biggest problem in Indonesia’s education are:

1. Low quality facilities and infrastructure. People are so busy building shopping malls, not proper school buildings. Many bad quality school buildings in isolated areas and smaller towns of Indonesia need attention from the government. Every area in Indonesia needs a proper library where children can read, even in their spare time.

2. Low appreciation of teachers. Teachers here aren’t happy enough, they have to work for a low income. Plus, sometimes they have a big burden of teaching 40 children in one class! Therefore, some teachers don’t have a professional attitude.

3. Access to education is not evenly distributed around the country. Isolated areas in Indonesia still have minimal exposure to education. Education should also be made available for everyone from all financial backgrounds. Has the government really been spending the budget (APBN – Anggaran Pendapatan & Belanja Daerah) for education wisely?

4. The subjects taught in schools are taught in the most uninteresting way… ever. Juuuust memorizing. That is all we do at school. There is a better system to teach children so they can be more interested in the subject they are learning, and get them to learn better. Just memorizing is not going to teach them anything, learning with practical activities will help them understand the subjects better.

But for those who have the luxury to receive education, please do not ignore the importance of education. There are so many people out there who would work hard for education. Education gets you jobs, and knowledge. This country would thrive if the people are educated so they’d have more open minds, so that they’d be more creative, more systematic and more useful for this country.



University Years Are The Years When We Are Supposed to Grow Up

1 Jan

Mummy's girl wants some more money..

I spent four years studying in Melbourne. I never expected to see that many Indonesians studying in that city. They were everywhere, and most of them had a very comfortable environment and lifestyle. My parents gave me a strict budget, my rent should not exceed $600 per month. So I had to live in a humble share house where I shared the electricity and gas bills.

However, I used to see so many Indonesian students shopping any chance they had (and the things they bought weren’t that cheap either!). It seemed as if they never ran out of money. They lived in high-class apartments – all they did was call home and asked for more money if they ran out of it. I felt annoyed. Aren’t you supposed to learn how to save money while you’re still studying? Aren’t you supposed to learn how to be independent, learn how to solve problems? But these students seemed like their life had no challenge. When they were supposed to be focusing on their subjects, learning about life, they’re off shopping. No challenge at all, they’re already living in a nice apartment, with a car bought by their parents.

I used to be so wasteful. I spent so much money on things I didn’t even need, and of course my mother yelled at me through the phone, even though she was 5000 miles away in Indonesia. But she taught me that while I’m overseas, I was there to study to become somebody. It wasn’t a holiday, it wasn’t a time to shop. I was there to focus on my studies. It’s the time for me to grow up. So I decided to get a job. Through my university years, I worked as a childcare worker, a bread shop attendant, a barista, the university gallery front office volunteer, and also a retail salesperson. I gained a lot more friends, many experiences and money that I earned myself. I was old enough to help my parents financially, and so could the other university students.