This year, Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) Jendela Dunia Cikarang is celebrating its first Ramadan. During the holy month, the children who live around TBI Jendela Dunia Cikarang would usually join a Pesantren Kilat or an Islamic Crash Course in the village’s mosque from 14.00 to 15.30. After the course, the children usually wait for sunset at home for breakfasting. However, waiting at home is often boring for the children and they would prefer to spend the time with some interesting activities.
During the Ramadan, the children are usually more proactive in doing positive activities to seek reward from God. With the presence of TBI in the area, they could spend the time reading, playing or doing other positive activities in the TBI library. Since the library is very close to the mosque, it is easy to synergize the Pesantren Kilat activity with activities held in TBI. Children will usually wait for breakfasting time at the TBI library and develop their literacy concept by reading and understanding the content of the book, which is then poured into a drawing, storytelling or other form of creativities.
Seeing the positive impact, parents and teachers are encouraging the children to come and spend the time in TBI library while waiting for breakfasting time. For the parents, it will help them monitor their children while knowing that their children will spend the time positively. For the teachers, the activities are considered as something positive for the children. Ibu Ida, a TBI staff, is also encouraging the children to visit and develop new ideas for activities to be conducted at the TBI library.
The activities also show that TBI is not merely a foundation but is a place where people can build a community together. Ideas to develop literacy have started to come from the children and communities instead of simply coming from TBI head office. This is strengthened by the support of parents and teachers that are encouraging the children to come and study in TBI. With the synergy and good collaboration, the team at TBI head office will continue to execute its programs more seamlessly in the future. (Albret Sembiring)