10 minutes to read! is required to children before they start any other activity at the YUM Kalimantan Library. Its purpose is to increase their interest in reading and make them realize that books are windows to the world.
Now when they enter into the Library, we see them picking up a book and look for a place: some they choose to read alone sitting on the floor, sitting in the corner of the library, others sharing a book together….
What it matters is that, little by little, they are used to read which constitutes the foundation for a good education.
At the beginning of the year, we proceeded to the reorganization of the YUM Kalimantan Library. Now, half a year later, we are able to evaluate its performance. All activities have been set; 10 minutes reading is a must before starting any other activity in the day; a Dance Club has been implemented: now children can learn traditional dances – especially Dayak dances which are original from Borneo (Kalimantan). Children have much fun through games and others while learning English in the English Club and in the Arts and Crafts lesson where children’s creativity has been arisen by exploring new ways of media in their works. Children are happy and satisfied with all these improvements.
One of the important events of the Library is the celebration of a Creativity Day which itwas held in July 2014. The Creativity Day is aimed to increase children's creativity and facilitate children to explore their hidden talents through competitions and performances. The theme of the Creativity Day was this time “Friendship” in order to unify a wide range of cultural differences and avoid conflict in Kalimantan, because its inhabitants come from different ethnics: Javanese, Balinese, Dayak, and others.
The competitions were held from 18th to 20th July, 2014 with 13 types of competitions: drawing, coloring, singing, poetry reading, make up, writing a short story, creativity, Photoshop, tug of war, marble and spoon race, sack race, pencil in a bottle and family football competitions. About 120 participants from toddlers to adults enlivened the competitions.
On July 20th, 2014 the main event was held with more than 150 participants who got together to watch the performance of modern and traditional dances, followed by a make up competition, fun games and also the most expected: announcement of the Winners and distribution of the Awards. Everyone was very interested in celebrating the Creativity Day and the feeling of friendship was present among all participants despite their cultural differences.
Thanks to GlobalGiving’s supporters and friends, we had the opportunity to entertain the community, as well as to promote YUM’s activities in Kalimantan. Thank You!
During the past 3 months, the YUM Kalimantan Library has been reorganized in order to increase our services to the children and the wider community in Kalimantan. The daily activities schedule, the books collection and the equipment became our priorities since these are the main facilities provided for visitors. Therefore, Isna (the YUM librarian) was helped by a volunteer from Belgium, Margot Depraetere, to reorganize the library, especially by managing the books collection.
They checked the numbers and the types of books, sorted old/not worth reading books, deleted the sorted books from the library system Athenaeum Light 6 and sorted the books on shelves in accordance to each category, ranging from small to large numbers to simplify finding books. Old books but still worth reading were given to the children, some school books were given to schools around YUM Kalimantan or saved in a storage. We also bought around 137 new books in Jakarta, especially the most favorite books. Hopefully through reorganizing the library, we can attract more visitors to visit the library.
In May, we also restocked the equipment needed for the daily activities in the library, such as drawing books, water color paint, crayons and color pencils for drawing and coloring activities; origami paper, ribbon, paraffin, etc. for arts and crafts activities; pens, pencils, erasers, etc. for stationeries; CDs, VCDs and DVDs and more.
In addition, we started to teach a traditional local dance from Kalimantan to the children, called Dayak Dance. The dance class is taught by Ibu Endah, a teacher from Bina Cita Utama School in Kalimantan who had already taught Dayak dances to other groups and even won some competitions. We hope that through the traditional dance class, we can teach the children to love their own culture.
Hopefully, by reorganizing the library, we can attract more visitors to come and enjoy the library activities. Thank you for your support to make our dream come true to help increase children’s quality of education in Kalimantan. Thank you!
YUM Library Kalimantan project had to undergo a change in the turn of 2013 to 2014. On December 2013, YUM Kalimantan Program Manager– Bapak Rusdi – resigned, because he had to move to another city outside Kalimantan Island. It meant also that his wife – Ibu Mariwati –was not be able to help any longer with the different library activities. Usually, Ibu Mariwati would handle drawing and coloring activities, art and craft activities, games, watching movies as well as assisting Isna – YUM’s librarian who handles library lending system and library inventory.
Therefore, on December 19th, 2013, YUM Kalimantan held a farewell party in honor of the cooperation, support and sense of family that has been tied for more than 5 years, between Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati with the staff and children at YUM Kalimantan. Although we are very sad about this farewell, we have to let them go and we wish them a successful and happy life in their new life chapter. Thank you so much for your help Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati and May God bless you always.
In January 2014, we had 4 visitors from Youth Exchange of Indonesia – Canada (PPIK) to help in the library. Marina, Iin, Hansko and Aiden helped out in daily library activities, especially in the English classes on Tuesday and singing activities. The children were really excited with their presence. Watching movies, arts and crafts activities, games, drawing and coloring activities are still the favorite activities among the children.
In order to increase children’s interest to visit the library, we held an exciting Hula Hoop free style competition in February. As much as 27 children joined the competition from kindergarten until Junior High School children and we chose 2 winners from each level as appreciation for their effort. Besides this, we also help the children who want to participate in ‘Looking for a Star Competition’ in Sei Gohong district in Kalimantan through dancing activities. They will have the competition in March and will be the star of Sei Gohong if they can win the competition. Hopefully they can make it!
Besides library activities, library inventory has also increased, as can be seen by the number of books and library members. On October 2013, we only had 6.841 books and 423 library members, while on February 2014 we have 6.991 books and 439 library members. Currently we are coordinating with YUM Head Office Jakarta to purchase more books, CDs, DVDs, arts and crafts material, etc., because we don’t have many qualified stores in Kalimantan to buy the books and materials .
Thank you for your donations, which facilitate the children in rural area by providing books, movies, arts and crafts activities and more interesting activities that improve their quality of life, especially in education.
With the support of Linklaters Singapore and GlobalGiving donors, YUM continues to improve its facilities at YUM Kalimantan Library to provide children and the surrounding community with a better place to read and gain more knowledge, with the many different activities held every day. YUM has also been improving its activities for the children to help them get the most benefit out of their visit to YUM Library.
More educational toys, educational DVD’s, a computer and various books to keep the library up to date, have been purchased. Another couple of computers will be purchased in the near future. The book collection has increased from 6,796 in July to 6,841 books in October. These include children’s books, novels, comics, magazines, encyclopedias, schoolbooks and many more. The number of library members has increased from 412 members registered in July 2013 to 423 in October. The visitors for October have also increased to the number of 1,017 visitors for the month. The majority of the visitors are from Elementary School at 35%, followed by Junior High 25%, Senior High school at 19%, Pre-school 13% and public visitors at 8%.
Nutrition and health education has also been added to the library activities. These activities were held to bring about clean and healthy behavior, such as hand washing before eating, after going to the toilets, cutting their nails and how to brush their teeth properly and environment awareness (no littering, cleaning the library area etc.). They call themselves the “APEL club” (Anak Peduli Lingkungan) or the Club of Environmentally Aware Children. Hopefully from these activities, children will have more awareness and learn and implement this in their daily life wherever they are.
Beside the daily activities, YUM also organizes twice a year a Creativity Children’s Day and the last event was held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September 2013 with many games and competitions, such as: brushing teeth & hand washing competitions for pre-schools, dancing, coloring and drawing competitions. There was also the “Sack Race”, which is a competitive and challenging game in which participants place both of their legs inside a sack that reaches their waist or neck and jump forward from a starting point toward a finish line, “Eating Crackers Game” - this is a good event, where children stand in a row and each of them must eat a cracker hanging by a string and “Marble & Spoon Race” as well as “Pencil in a Bottle Game”. Around 65 children from the age of 4-14 years old participated in the competitions and it was a great success where all the children enjoyed themselves and enthusiastically joined the competition and showed their skills.
“I think YUM is fun! And the courses can make us brighter. The library has many varieties of books, especially the novels, I like them a lot. Besides that, because of the books, I come to YUM because I can learn dancing with my friends because YUM sometimes has dancing competitions. I like the creativity day too“. Rizky Amelya, Grade 7 sponsorship beneficiaries and library visitor.
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