I write this post at 5am in a hotel in Takegon, a town in Indonesia, where I’m taking part in the #imapiece campaign with the Craftivist Collective and Save the Children. Deadly Knitshade, Hilary Pullen from UK Craft Blog and Sarah Corbett are travelling with me as we explore the Bener Meriah district and understand how Save the Children’s intervention in the area is supporting communities.
I’ve mentioned the campaign a few times already, but thought I’d share my video diaries with you. The first three mostly relate to our journey to the area, which took three days in total.
I’ll be making another video diary today, but in the meantime here are a few photos of our adventure yesterday (Monday) where we visited Save the Children Early Child Development (ECD) projects, where young children begin their school education.
The education system in Indonesia isn’t as rigorous as in the UK and for children living in rural areas, it’s easy for them to miss out on early education and learning. Before Save the Children became involved in the local area, 85% of children that left primary school were still unable to read.
The ECD projects have been running for five years and now 90% of children leaving primary school are able to read, which is a remarkable turnaround. The children learn the fundamental education needed to begin their schooling, while the local parents are educated in child development so that they can understand what their children need as they grow.
Hilary took no time in joining in the fun at the second ECD centre we visited. 🙂
Be sure to visit the #imapiece site where all our experiences and pictures are being gathered together, and you can find out how you can be involved in the project using your crafty skills for a greater good!