The BOKS Program Assists Facilitation of Fun Physical Activities in Limited Space & Equipments!
The students at SDN Kampung Melayu 01 and 02 remain excited to do physical activities even though it is done on the school's rooftop (23/12/22)
Less conducive school field condition has not decreased the excitement of teachers and students in Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) assistance school to do physical activities. SDN Rawa Bunga 11, for example, has to share its school field because there are two primary schools in one school building. A similar condition also happens to SDN Kampung Melayu 01 and SDN Kampung Melayu 02 which should share one school rooftop due to the lack of space in their school. Through BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) program, teachers in five WVI-assisted schools in Jakarta has been capacitated to conduct active, dynamic and fun physical activities for children despite having limited space and facilities in their schools.
"The rooftop is far from decent to do sports, whenever we do sports on the fifth floor (rooftop), the floor is burning hot. It is a textured floor and sandy, so kids much often play with sand rather than play soccer.", said Mr Dede, Physical Education (PE) teacher from SDN Kampung Melayu 01 while showing their rooftop space.
The school field in SDN Kampung Melayu 01 and 02 is located on the fifth floor. When our team came for visiting at 9 in the morning, it was already suffocated hot. It leads students to exercise in extreme conditions. Moreover, the limited space of the rooftop has to be shared within two schools therefore the same hours, it may have 2-3 classes. This situation has made children could not move their bodies freely due to limited space.
A similar story came from SDN Rawa Bunga 11 which shared a school field with SDN Rawa Bunga 12. It is common for them to use Child-friendly Integrated Public spaces (RPTRA) Citra Permata. Despite it is still a huge challenge for teachers to use RPTRA due to their public facilities status in which this area may also be used by other parties around the Rawa Bunga District to hold some activities.
Mr Hendra, a PE teacher in SDN Rawa Bunga 11 told us, "In our school building has existing two primary schools so one shared-school field is not enough. We feel helped by RPTRA. But the challenge is on Wednesday when our school schedule is full from morning to afternoon with PRAMUKA (Scout) lessons while other two neighborhood schools also use the same space to conduct their PE classes. There are five teachers from different schools in the same place. That's our problem.".
Understanding the limited space for children to move around, the BOKS program comes to offer a wide variety of activities that can be conducted with minimal space or without any tools. By using a variety of individual and group games in the BOKS module, PE and class teachers can easily engage children to do physical activities.
"I am grateful that the presence of the BOKS program has helped in providing a variety of games when I teach," continued Mr Hendra, "The children also seem enthusiastic about participating in the games."
WVI through the BOKS program will continue to expand the benefits of the program to make children live to their fullest. In the second year of replication, this program will involve 10 elementary schools in the Jakarta area and 40 elementary schools in Manggarai Regency, NTT which will become assisted schools. The hope is that more than 10,000 children will benefit from the BOKS program to make a generation of Indonesian children healthy, strong and happy!
Written by: Windri Rusli & Donna Marietha , BOKS Indonesia