LAPORAN DARI LAPANGAN: Sukarelawan

Kreativitas di Ban Village

Oleh Nadia de Jong, EBPP Volunteer, Juli 2014

Seorang anak muda yang inovatif bermain dengan truk mainan berat dimuat di tanah.

Tumbuh di Bali dan memiliki orang tua yang sering terlibat dalam proyek-proyek sosial, Saya selalu percaya saya dilengkapi dengan bahan penting yang memungkinkan saya untuk menjadi sadar betapa daerah miskin di dunia adalah. Yang mengatakan, apa yang saya lihat Jumat lalu ketika Komang Kurniawan, Ketua Tim & Ketua EBPP, dan saya memberanikan diri melalui lereng bukit desa Ban pasti belum pernah terjadi sebelumnya. Orang telah mengatakan kepada saya keadaan jalan, tapi tidak ada dibandingkan dengan melihat sendiri. Orang telah mengatakan kepada saya betapa sedikit masyarakat Ban memiliki, tapi tidak ada dibandingkan dengan melihat sendiri. Hampir semua, apa-apa dibandingkan dengan bagaimana saya mengalami tangan pertama ekspresi mereka kreativitas di lingkungan sekolah mereka. Sekolah-sekolah ini hanya salah satu dari banyak program di desa Ban dibuat, terinspirasi dan dikelola oleh tim EBPP untuk memberdayakan masyarakat lokal untuk membantu diri mereka sendiri, dipimpin oleh anak-anak mereka.

Setelah tiba di Darmaji, anak bermain di pasir tertangkap mata saya. Dia telah inovatif upgrade truk mainan kecilnya dengan melampirkan string menarik yang memungkinkan dia untuk bergerak lebih cepat. Dia kemudian melekat batu yang berbeda ke atas sambil cepat berjalan dan menarik truk di belakangnya. Dia tampak sangat senang dengan dirinya sendiri ketika ia berhasil usaha kreatifnya!

Kebanyakan gadis yang lebih tua sedang berlatih tari Bali ketika kami tiba di sekolah Jatituhu. Gadis-gadis muda yang mengintip anehnya di dari kusen pintu, admiring the way in which these older girls were preparing for their Indonesian Independence Day performance. Before EBPP started their education programme here in 2005, nobody in the region had seen Balinese dance before! Dan, teaching them Balinese dance was one of EBPP team’s hardest tasks.

Primary school girls watch on as Senior high school students practice their Balinese dance routine in preparation for Independence Day celebrations.

In the background I heard the harmonious voices and guitar strings of students in another classroom two doors down. It seems that although the students are far removed from the creative stimuli that were present in my childhood like ample colouring books, creative toys and recorded music, they developed and enjoyed creativity in their own ways.

I also talked with Made Kari, one of EBPP’s former art teachers who now heads the music team, who told me how he’d sit with the children in art class and help them explore creative expression using pastels, crayons and pencils. Most of them drew mountains and rice paddies (even though there are not any rice paddies at all anywhere in Ban village!!), but they were also encouraged to be abstract and think outside the box – I was told one student even drew a plane, despite only having seen one from a distance in the sky.

A Primary school boy draws a vibrant and happy picture in art class.

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It’s clear that creativity manifests itself in the Ban village in a multitude of ways. In the realm of psychology, the importance of having such creative outlets for a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development is ubiquitous. Learning how to express things that they may not be able to verbalize, being innovative in finding solutions and developing observational skills are only some of many benefits that they can benefit from in their futures. I hope to see many more expressions of children’s creativity in my future visits to Ban village!

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Diana Ellis

Hi David, I think I gave already had some communication with you via Bali blogs. I am currently in Bali for 3 weeks. Each year I bring a apply of clothes, booms and pencils and toys to give to Balinese people and these often end up in the villages of Ubud although I am never quite sure where to best place them. Tahun ini saya berikan sejumlah besar silinder baru pensil. Apakah layak saya mengunjungi?
Kind regards Diana Ellis

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