PROJECT CITIZEN: KAMI BANGSA INDONESIA
"For the sake of our future, children must possess the attitudes taught by Kami Bangsa Indonesia (Project Citizen), so that when the time comes for them to be leaders they possess the quality of caring for all the people. There are many good educational theories and curriculum models, but we often forget that the central point of good governance is genuine caring, which is not based on any theory. By using this new method, the students experience for themselves how to truly care about their neighbors and the environment."
Daniel A.F. Tonjes, Middle School Principal, Bali
"At my school we have Muslim, Christian and Buddhist students, for our Kami Bangsa Indonesia (Project Citizen) project we chose to learn more about other religions. The bombing in Bali happened only a short time ago and made all of us very sad. We all thought that we wanted to know how that could happen. How can there be so much hate? We all go to school together and get along. We decided to learn more about each other's religions to better understand each other. I am Muslim and I interviewed a Buddhist teacher, my Catholic friends interviewed the leader at a mosque. We all agreed that it is great to be proud of your religion and still respect the others. When we disagree we learned that there are peaceful ways of settling problems."
M. Mubarak, Middle School Student, Manado, North Sulawesi
CCE Indonesia develops and implements the program which is called Praktik Belajar Kewarganegaraan-- Kami Bangsa Indonesia in Junior High School and Dasar-Dasar Demokrasi in Elementary School, collaborating with the teachers from the university, school, Local National Education, Religious Institutions and also Ministry of National Education. In general, the program of CCEI is divided into 3 steps: Training, Implementation, and Evaluation program. Until February 2007, CCE Indonesia already did those steps in the program of Praktik Belajar Kewarganegaraan--Kami Bangsa Indonesia which is held in the Junior High School.
The model that CCEI uses to disseminate its programs is simple and successful. With a full-time Jakarta-based staff, CCEI employs the services of three local coordinators in each province. Each coordinator team consists of a faculty member from the local teacher's college (Universitas Negeri or IKIP), a provincial education official with an interest in civic education, and a well-regarded middle school teacher. Coordinators for the projects in twelve provinces were trained by a combination of American and Indonesian trainers who had worked on a pilot project in Bandung. Since then, these provincial coordinators have gone on to train trainers from other provinces and thousands of teachers across the archipelago. Outside of funded support, many teachers' colleges have funded training of student teachers, and provincial authorities have funded mass trainings of teachers. Support has also come from Indonesia's two largest Islamic institutions, NU and Muhammadiyah, both of whom have conducted trainings in cooperation with CCE.
Selected teachers receive three days of intensive training, during which they complete a small-scale student project with other teacher trainees. Often skeptical about new classroom methodologies, these teachers invariably become its biggest supporters. The student-centered learning methodologies employed by the program create situations in which the teacher becomes the guide, and mentor, for students as they come to their own conclusions. Teachers report that while teaching Kami Bangsa Indonesia (KBI) their students develop a newfound respect for them. They also find that their students are capable of achieving things they never would have thought possible.
Students working on KBI engage in a process where they learn what public policy is, identify a public policy issue that impacts them, and then work step-by-step towards a proposed new policy. Students interview community leaders, meet and talk with legal and health professionals, visit government offices, and discuss the moral dimensions of policy with religious leaders. Students are equipped with tools to change things in their communities and they learn that the path to a solution is not always a direct one.
In seventeen provinces from Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam to Papua, teams of middle school students are working on projects, which they've selected, to identify issues that directly impact their communities. They work with their families, the local business community, and religious and political leaders towards solutions that are appropriate for their area. Over 400,000 students from across Indonesia have participated in this program. Their efforts, and the showcases, where they explain their projects to a panel of community leaders, are the essence of Kami Bangsa Indonesia (KBI), a program of the Center for Civic Education Indonesia (CCEI).
Examples of projects that Indonesian students have undertaken include:
Papua: Creation of an in-school HIV education program.
Yogyakarta: Lobbying the provincial government to come through on promises to assist street children.
Bali: Working with the community to create safe (off-street) areas for sport and play.
Manado: Warning students about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Banten: Cooperating with other schools to curb student fighting.
Bali: Proposing the construction of a memorial for the victims of the Bali bombing.
East Java: Exploring ways to curb premanism and street violence.
University Activities in Collaboration with CCEI Using Kami Bangsa Indonesia-Phase 1 (unfunded, supported)
1. University Student Teachers
All university/IKIP lecturers and professors involved with CCE Indonesia teach Kami Bangsa Indonesia to their students at the civic education departments of each university/IKIP. Later the students are expected to teach Kami Bangsa Indonesia to the middle/high school students where they are doing practice teaching (required before graduating from the university/program). This program is a necessary subject for students of semester 1 and 2.
2. Training for Lecturers
Yogyakarta State University had conducted a training of Kami Bangsa Indonesia for 28 civics lecturers in Yogyakarta.
The following universities have conducted seminars that were attended by university students and middle school teachers/principals:
Manado State University
Bandung: University of Education of Indonesia
Yogyakarta State University
Lampung State University
Activities in collaboration with CCE Indonesia using Kami Bangsa Indonesia (unfounded, Supported)
The following universities have conducted teacher training:
1. Lampung State University
Cooperated with the provincial/regencies education office conducted a workshop for junior high school teachers in Kalianda, South Lampung, 30 – 31 July 2004
2. Manado State University
Cooperated with the provincial Dinas office conducted a workshop on the new civic education teaching in the context of Competence based curriculum.
3. Makassar State University
Cooperated with the provincial Dinas office and the principal of SLTPN 18 Makassar conducted a teacher training for 18 teachers and cooperated with the provincial Dinas office conducted a workshop for high school teachers entitled the try-out of the new civic education teaching in the context of Competence based curriculum.
4. Bandung University of Education of Indonesia
Cooperated with the provincial Dinas office has asked and monitored the implementation of the program to 168 classes (approximately 6720 students) in the academic year 2002/2003.
5. Yogyakarta State University
- Trained for 49 high school teachers (February-March 2003);
- Trained for 80 middle school teachers from Java/Outside Java, cooperated with the Middle School Directorate. (May 2003);
- In one of the Yogyakarta regencies (Gunung Kidul regency), the university cooperated with the provincial Dinas office and the principal of SLTPN I Gunung Kidul introduced the program to the teachers/principals of primary and middle schools.
6. Medan State University
Cooperated with the local Dinas office conducted a workshop for 60 junior high school teachers in Kutacane, Aceh Tenggara on February 24 – 26, 2005.
7. Mataram State University
Cooperated with the local Dinas Office conducted a workshop for 50 junior high school teachers in Bima, Sumbawa Besar on September 3 – 6, 2005.
8. Ternate Islamic Institution
42 Teachers of both private and state junior high schools in Ternate were trained on November 27 – 30, 2006.
9. Haluoleo University
30 Teachers of both private and state junior high schools in Kendari were trained on December 12 – 14, 2006.
The following institutions have conducted teacher training:
1. Muhammadiyah Education Board
- Jakarta Muhammadiyah Education Board in collaboration with CCE Indonesia has done the trainings for approximately 30 junior high schools teachers under its board. It was held on May 18 – 20, 2005
- Yogyakarta Muhammadiyah Education Board has also collaborated with CCE in holding a teacher training on September 3 – 5, 2006. Almost 50 participants attended the training.
2. Ma'arif Education Board – NU
CCE Indonesia has cooperated with the educational wing of NU – Ma'arif in holding training of teachers in Jakarta, Cirebon and Bangkalan, Madura island since 2005. Around 100 teachers under this board have been trained in using the project citizen – Kami Bangsa Indonesia.
3. Catholic Education Board
On February 24 – 26, 2006 Catholic Education Board in Jakarta has collaborated with CCE in making the teacher training for about 55 teachers under this board.