Leadership Camp, “Experiential Learning Model”

The President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo, on September 6, 2017, stipulated Presidential Regulation number 87 of 2017 concerning Strengthening Character Education (PPK). The Perpres emphasized that PPK was an educational movement that was passed as part of the National Movement for Mental Revolution (GNRM).

Some of the objectives of the PPK are to develop and equip students as Indonesia’s golden generation in 2045 with a good spirit of Pancasila and character education to deal with the dynamics of change in the future (article 2a) and develop a national education platform that emphasizes character education as the main “soul” in education for students (article 2b).

PPK is implemented by applying the values ​​of Pancasila in character education, especially covering religious values, honesty, tolerance, discipline, hard-work, creativity, independence\, democratic thinking, curiosity, national spirit, patriotism, respect for achievement, communication, peace-loving, love reading, environmental-care, social-care, and responsibility (article 3).

Leadership camp

This indirectly confirms what has beenE by the Bachelor of THE  Management Study Program, Faculty of Economics, Parahyangan Catholic University (FE Unpar) so far. Basic Leadership is one of the courses specifically designed to improve the quality of the character of students.

This course continually develops activities of harmonization of the heart, taste, thought processing and sports (article 1 paragraph 1). One of the learning models applied is experiential learning through Leadership Camp (LC) activities. Experiential learning is conceptualized as an educational methodology that has the effect of learning on individuals, including feelings (influences) and behavior, in addition to cognitive stimulation.

This year, LC was held from 30 August to 2 September 2018 in the Kareumbi tourism area on the border between Bandung Regency, Sumedang Regency, and Garut Regency. For 4 days, the lecturers of the Basic Leadership course guided around 200 new students to process together to build character. The lecturers were also assisted by the student committee and mentor team which numbered around 30 people.

There, they live in the open by using tents as a place to live. It aims to make students come into direct contact with nature. The contemplated sounds and natural beauty are expected to build new habits and bring students to the awareness of the presence of the Creator.

Every morning, students start the day with a prayer of thanksgiving and natural meditation. This is done to develop religious-spiritual values ​​as well as instill in students a concern for the environment.

“Interactive and meaningful games”

All LC activities are generally carried out in the form of interactive and meaningful games as part of learning in experience. This brings participants to experience a very enjoyable learning stage, namely playing, having fun, learning, and developing.

The flow of activities for 4 days is adjusted to the flow of the development process of 7 effective habits, starting from the dependency stage to the independence stage and from the independence stage to the stage of building cooperation. In order for all activities to run smoothly, student discipline becomes an absolute requirement.

During the series of events, students were treated to a variety of interesting games. Starting from snake and ladder games, night-walks, water volleyball, to musical games..

As the top game, there is a game to protect the flame of a candle. This game tests the togetherness and cooperation of all 2018 students of FE Management. Students work together to maintain the flame of a candle from water attacks. At the stage of the game, there is an expansion stage of the winnings achieved, namely the winning stage achieved personally, the winning stage achieved in the group, and the winning stage achieved by all students in 2018.

Application of Sindu

In LC activities, students process to internalize into themselves the Spirituality and Basic Values ​​of Unpar (Sindu) which become Unpar’s guidelines in developing student character.

There are 7 Sindu ethical principles developed in the LC, namely: openness (accepting and celebrating differences as a gift), transformative attitude (attaining the best self), honesty (courage to fight for the truth), partiality to the underpriveleged (enriching each other), bonum commune (helping each other achieve goals), subsidiarity (mutual trust and support), and nonprofit (serving sincerely).

With the spirit of Sindu, it is hoped that it can always guide the students into human beings (humanum religiosum).


Author:  B. Ario Tejo S. & Rizka N. Pratikna