The Industrial Engineering Study Program of Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) in cooperation with Light for Indonesia for the second time organizes educational activities for Indonesian children. Light For Indonesia is a non-profit organization established in 2012 by a group of young people who have a calling to work for a positive impact on their environment. This organization’s activity started as social work performed at several social institutions and orphanages in Bandung.
This year, the event was held from February to April 2017. There were 5 meetings containing Character Education for Junior High Schools students in the Ciumbuleuit area. The topics presented in these meetings include Confidence, Sex Education, Stopping Bullying , Bhineka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity), and Love for Indonesian products. Each topic was delivered by people who are competent in their fields including psychologists, practitioners, and academicians Anggi T. Rochman, Eka Riyanti P., M.Psi, Firnasyifa, M.Psi, Romy Loice, S.T, MT, and Weny Windya Hapsary, S.S T.T. In addition, in every session there were also lecturers and alumni of Unpar’s Industrial Engineering Faculty who acted as facilitators.
The students who attend various “Light” classes this year came from PGRI 2 Junior High School and Public Junior High School 52 Bandung. There were about 20-50 students attending the character education classes each week. Each character education session did not only take place in the classroom. In the session on the Love of domestic products, the participants were invited to perform activities in Griya Batik Bandung. In these activities, they gained knowledge about the diversity of batik, observed and tried to handle the batik process themselves. It has been expected that this activity can increase their love for the richness of Indonesian culture.
Good character education for Indonesian children is a shared responsibility. The sustainability of the Light for Indonesia program is expected to have a positive long-term impact on the quality of the next generations of this nation’s successors.