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Wenda Gumulya is one of the co-founding members of Hoshizora Foundation, an education not-for-profit in Indonesia, and now serves as the board chair.
Teachers in Indonesia have walked or cycled to each student's house to teach them about social distancing amid remote learning enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Creative learning has come to the fore in Indonesia with challenges faced by students, teachers and parents, leading to a back-to-basics approach to the curriculum.
Ms Gumulya said because Indonesia was an archipelago, access to the correct infrastructure and technology had proven a challenge for teachers and students now learning remotely.
But the Hoshizora Foundation is here to help, the not-for-profit is working to enhance the education resilience in Indonesia in response to the challenges of COVID-19.
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Ms Gumulya said she admired the ingenuity of Indonesia's teachers, who traversed vast distances on foot to see their students.
"Teachers are travelling by bicycle, or by foot, large distances, it could be up to two hours away for each student, to meet them in their homes and teach them," she said.
"They want to teach them about social distancing and why it's important, and they are doing that once a week for each student. The spirit to do that is amazing, but they love these kids."
Ms Gumulya said Indonesian education had transformed during the pandemic, but for the most part, it appears to be a back-to-basics approach.
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A lot of Indonesian children spent lots of time outdoors, so teachers have devised lessons around being outside, such as observing something in nature.
"We have a lot of farmers in Indonesia, and they are not landowners, they are small, low-income, hard-working farmers. But what we are seeing is they are inviting kids back onto the farm, to show them how food is grown, which has amazing flow-on effects," she said.
She said children could witness first-hand how food is grown and the impacts the environment and weather have on food and agriculture.
But that knowledge means they would take it home to their parents, and learn that maybe fresh food is a better choice than fast alternatives such as two-minute noodles.
Ms Gumulya said the work of the foundation was not only about empowering students but also provided training opportunities for teachers but the most change could be seen when parents and teachers were both empowered to take a front seat in a child's education.With children learning at home, parents have had to take a front seat in their child's learning, she said.
The foundation assists parents by teaching them about creative education techniques and providing resources to teach them about education in the home.
"Creative education can happen anywhere, but we want parents to know that it's the incidental lessons where they are teaching their kids, for example cooking a meal with mum or gardening," she said.
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