Asia West Pacific – September 2018

Meet Ani, the Tunas Baru Early Childhood Teacher

By Petrus

Ani is one of the Tunas Baru early childhood teachers, Barak Induk, Langkat, North Sumatra. With FPT scholarship support Ani has completed a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at UT in 2017. She said “it seems impossible with my background, but in fact it works”.
According to her testimony, her life changed when she knew Nadine and friends at Tunas Baru. She acknowledged that the knowledge gained from Nadine was closely related to her life and even today she practices it in her daily life on her family and Tunas Baru kids

Ani is the second of four children. Because the conflict in Aceh caused her parents to flee to Stabat in the place of their parents.

As a result, Ani was only able to attend at high school for 6 months in grade 2 in 1999 – 2000, because she had to follow her neighbor, Stabat went to work as a laborer in a company in Malaysia.

What her neighbors always remember at Stabat after returning from Malaysia was that some of them questioned why dropouts were able to went to college. This challenge did not make Ani gave up, even Irwansyah, Ani’s husband faithfully accompanied her to college who was also pregnant until giving birth and caring for the baby until the lecture was over.

The proof is correct, over time some of her neighbors at Stabat asked her to become an early childhood teacher there. But this was impossible because Ani felt born and raised by community of Tunas Baru.

Her activities is from Monday to Friday at 6:45 to 12 assisting Kids in Tunas Baru. In the afternoon, get some activities with family. On Saturdays and Sundays Ani goes “Splitting” rubber latex to support the economics of family.

Ani has 15 rante or around 6,000 m2 area. All this is done as a sense of gratitude for the blessings of God, she said.

What her neighbors always remember at Stabat after returning from Malaysia was that some of them questioned why dropouts were able to went to college. This challenge did not make Ani gave up, even Irwansyah, Ani’s husband faithfully accompanied her to college who was also pregnant until giving birth and caring for the baby until the lecture was over.

The proof is correct, over time some of her neighbors at Stabat asked her to become an early childhood teacher there. But this was impossible because Ani felt born and raised by community of Tunas Baru.

Her activities is from Monday to Friday at 6:45 to 12 assisting Kids in Tunas Baru. In the afternoon, get some activities with family. On Saturdays and Sundays Ani goes “Splitting” rubber latex to support the economics of family.

Ani has 15 rante or around 6,000 m2 area. All this is done as a sense of gratitude for the blessings of God, she said.

During the training to build a team of AVP and Power of Goodness on August 31 – September 5, 2018 for Tunas Baru Teachers, in sharing she said that training themselves to speak without fear of being mistakes, training themselves to carry out agreements were able to provide motivation and courage Ani joined in the world of Education through Early Childhood Education.

At the end of the session Ani expressed hope “Let us train ourselves to change in the future, and keep striving for what we have pioneered and lived all this time. And thanks to everyone who has helped Ani all this time.Written by Petrus, September 2018.

“No word of tired to strive for the fate of living together”
Barak Induk, September 2018.

Darmo and Mislan are two Acehnese conflict refugees who live in Barak Induk at Aman Damai village, Sei Lepan District, Langkat North Sumatra. Since 2000 until now, they and the Barak Induk people have strived to get their rights as Indonesian citizens.

Darmo and Mislan, September 5, 2018. Photographer Petrus.

In order for the community to go through the road, they worked together to build it. Even for their children and grandchildren to get access to education, they also independently set up their own schools ranging from Early Childhood school, Primary Schools, and MTS . While for high school they have to go to Brandan or Stabat which takes 1.5 – 2 hours by motorcycle.

Until now they continue to strive for the ownership status of their residential and agricultural land, because there has been no official recognition from the Indonesian government.

Actually the government has promised to resolve land status through the TORA program which is one of the policies of the Jokowi government. But the Jokowi government has been running for four years, and this program has not been realized.

Even to get access to electric lighting, the poles were sent on 8 January 2018 suddenly on 5 September 2018, 45 electricity poles that had been distributed were taken by the contractor because the project was canceled. Until now the community never know the reason for the cancellation and only know from the contractor that showed the cancellation letter.

They never say tired to strive. There are many paths to be taken to show that they exist and are also part of Indonesian citizens who have the right to own settlements and agricultural land to live on this earth. In 2010 they were successful in obtaining recognition as residents in the Langkat area with the issuance of Family Cards and Identity Cards of Langkat District.

Through Tunas Baru Early Childhood Education, currently the existence of Barak Induk is very well known in the Education environment in Langkat district, North Sumatra. Even Mislan has been trusted by HIMPAUDI Langkat, to be the Supervisory Board of Himpaudi Langkat. And in the previous period he was Deputy Chairperson of Himpaudi Langkat.

Currently Darmo has chosen the Political line as a means of struggle by registering himself as a candidate for the Langkat Regency Legislative in the 2019 elections. At the meeting on 5 September Darmo said that he agreed to be regenerated and to share roles in the local leadership in Barak Induk.

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1 TORA: Land Object of Agrarian Reform, is a government program with the aim of providing legal certainty of control over land which is at the same time aimed at resolving land disputes and conflicts in forest areas.
2 HIMPAUDI is an independent professional organization that accommodates Early Childhood Teachers.

Ani is “splitting” the rubber latex in her own rubber garden area behind her house. Barak Induk, Saturday September 1, 2018. Photographer: Petrus.

Ani is in training to building the AVP Team at the Tunas Baru. Barak Induk, September 2, 2018. Photographer: Petrus.

2018-10-04T18:15:49+00:00September 20th, 2018|Articles, Asia West Pacific, Indonesia|