Hi All, My name is Inayah Lie, you can call me Naya. I want to tell you about my volunteer teaching experience in ADOC Project in Inixindo.
I never expected that if I taught the children, it will gives a lot of lessons and wisdom for me. The children, they are students in SMP 216 terbuka (they learn lessons in SMP 216 building in the afternoon). So It was true as what people say, if we teach others, then the knowledge/skills that we have would increase rather than decrease.
The main thing that I learned was how to teach the children properly. In teaching, we are required to be professional, communicative, informative, considerate, and could be the good facilitator who pay attention to who we teach, it’s also good if we searching first about their background, age, education, etc so we know how to communicate with them.
I’ve watched a good TV program about teacher/volunteer who teaches the rimland children in Indonesia
That young teacher said something like this:
“If you can not be patient, better you don’t be a teacher”.
And to always be patient, that is the most hard obstacle for him (especially when he still fond a few student who answer a question/quiz about basic lessons wrongly).
In my humble opinion, I think his words were true. Moreover, when we teach the children who are still so young, innocent, naive, and always accept negative words from others wholeheartedly. As a teacher, we shouldn’t lose our patience, and don’t give a label to the children/student with any negative things (stupid, rogue, not talented, lazy, etc). And it’s not wise also if we kill their dreams by saying “It’s impossible”, “It doesn’t make sense”, “How can you live if you become….”etc .
Teaching taught me to be patient. To teach that children, I did my best to be patient and I tried to be able to teach them properly and professionally. Lucky me, I didn’t have to try so hard… Yes, it’s because the children are very bright. When teaching them, I was amazed. The children were someone who need help in their financial (for school etc), but willing to learn, and easy to understand. Even, there are some children who don’t need to ask too many questions, they can directly do themselves step by step by about the lessons.
We learned quite a lot and intensive. From what I remember, I teached the basics of using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), it is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
And we tried to create something simple but useful:
Changed photo’s background to other image/colors you want. I think if they are already advanced later, they would be able to replace his own passport photo’s background with the color they needed, so that they can save the cost of printing their passport photos.
At the same time, to the kids who have a lot to ask, it’s look like to be patient doesn’t seem so difficult to me considering they ask because they want to know, have a desire to learn about what I teach. And they also reminded me to myself who like to ask many things too. What I want to say is they are still very young, and they are very bright!
Beside teachers must to be able to be patient and wise, I think the other important thing is teachers must be considerate and sensible.
Sensible to guessing the students who want to ask, sensible to whether the student understands what we say or still confuse, considerate to look at the capabilities and the potential of theirs students.
Sometimes, teachers more notice about their student abilities / strengths / potential / talent / intelligence than themselves. Because sometimes the student have difficulty seeing their potential maybe because it’s so very easy and natural for them to do it.
I sit in on presentation skills/public speaking class that trained by Mr. Didik, Inixindo Bandung Director. When I was in Junior High School and High School, we (the student) are already often to presented a topic that we are learning Even then,it’s still a must for me to learning pesentation skills in the professional world. So, I welcome excitedly when there is a chance to sit in on presentation skills classes.
I really paid attention to how Mr. Didik and other friends in class spoke in front of the class, I also copied the presentation material, so I could to learn and practiced it again and again, even I remember, I also recorded Mr.Didik presentation so that I can repeated to listen it again at home.
When the time to presentated what I learn in front of Mr.Didik and others Inixindo’s instructors, I feel satisfied and grateful. Got praises and positive comments from professional practicion (Instructors) who alway lecturing in a class everyday, really make me happy, relieved, more confident to teach the children. Even I still remember until now I got an advice from Mr.Maul (Inixindo Jakarta Instructor), he said that’s no problem if I didn’t give to much hand gesture.
When teaching the children, of course we became close. I became friends with them on facebook too. Anga, Retno Dewi, Fantino et al, they are still there in my friends list. They often gave comment and like in my facebook. I’m sooo happy!! .
Even one of these children Retno Dewi who is accidentally the sister of my high school friends (aprilia.safitri.) add me into her sister. We are sibling now … hehe.
And guess what, I really happy when I see they uploaded the photos they made in training. Although their result image not so good yet (me too actually, I still learning too). But it shows that they proud with their creation, isn’t it? With that proud feeling, I hope they can always have confident to always learn and create something with their creativity.
All the lesson I got when I teach the children and when I worked at inixindo, I hope it can be a lesson that I always remember. The same thing I hope to the children that they can always remember all the good and the useful things from that traning: the lessons, their willing to learn, and the feeling proud to show their creation to the world! Haha. Amen 0:)
The youngsters, the people called them “the next generation” need a place to learn, to open their eyes about the latest technology and various skills. It will really help them to see what they gonna do, what they can do in their future. The training that ADOC Project gives to many students, small business owners, government officials/civil servant, and the citizen/common people , to alleviate the technology gap, I think it’s very useful for them, it’s what they need, young people need. Hopefully, the training like this can continue exist, spread more widely, and be a place for young people and the general public to learn a variety of skills and technology.