Mislan, Syahrida, Sri, Legiani, Legiatik, Dita and Suci Suherni are seven people who did not have formal education background. Now, they have all graduated with Early Childhood Education degrees because of scholarships from Friends Peace Teams. Due to these scholarships, they were able to survive and assist children and parents to look for a more peaceful future. The government has now shut down preschools without formally trained teachers. Tunas Baru was allowed to stay open because of the scholarships for their degrees.
The spirit of the seven people is inseparable from the loyalty of Nadine Hoover who has supported them since 2006. The AVP Workshop, Trauma Healing workshops, and the knowledge of child development are part of the skills that were shared with them to get out of their trauma and adversity. Ultimately, it brought out their ability to rely on the power of change guided by conscience. They are aware of the great change they experienced as a community.
On September 28 and October 26, 2018 they facilitated the training of parents of Tunas Baru Preschool. The first training was attended by 16 people. The second training was attended by 15 people including teachers. They practiced agreements, shared experiences of how to support their children’s development, and reflected on agreements in everyday life. They committed to practicing the agreements at home.
They drew, sang, played, moved and pressed paper to experience their child’s activities and understand their value and how to support their children’s skill development. This training took two hours. The hope was how to train skills and bring empathy to parents to be able to feel what the child feels.