North Lombok: Few preschools or kindergartens (PAUD) in Indonesia boast a slide, a swing and a basketball hoop. Fewer still keep them inside.
of children’s books abuts |
a slide in a classroom at PAUD Terpadu
And yet, neither do many of Indonesia’s youngest citizens. Though 98 percent of Indonesia's 85 million children start primary school at the age of 6 or 7, just 70 percent of those between 3 and 6 access early childhood development (ECD) services of any kind.
|Ibu Lastri stands outside her school with a flower pot |
made from a recycled water bottle
Students at PAUD Banu Manaf enjoy a
sing-a-long with their |
"Unfortunately, some parents still want us to teach these children how to write and read, so I have to remind them that at this age, they're supposed to play! I tell them it actually gives children more self-confidence and makes them more school-ready," she added.
"But the thing they love most is writing on the white board," she laughed. "I don't know why."