Prior to the 2020 Pandemic, Bali Children’s Project was delivering in-person workshops to schools. Our team would visit schools, delivering free child protection workshops.
Child Protection workshops are designed to give elementary age students awareness about abuse. Over one hour and thirty minutes, students are taught what abuse is and what to do if they are being abused.
Working from a now established routine, the workshops take children on a journey through the use of fun, games, singing and acting.
Ensuring that the workshops are engaging is an important part of helping children to understand the issues.
There is a clear approach too. Children are first taught what constitutes abuse, before moving onto how to react to abuse – with a simple message of RUN, SHOUT AND REPORT.
Backed up by a specially designed booklet, the workshops provide children with knowledge that could one day be lifesaving. In early 2020, Bali Children’s Project will be launching the “We are Special” cartoon.
The pandemic gave us chance to re-evaluate the program and produce new materials for schools. Now, the program is delivered as an online package for schools and teachers, with access to videos, booklets and support from our staff.
Our aims are to deliver this package to schools, enabling them to deliver their own workshops. There are rewards for students and awards for schools who deliver the program.
Initially online, this program will far outlive the pandemic, enabling schools to deliver thir own workshops. Other aims include obtaining government certification to expand the program to as many schools as possible in Indonesia.
The workshops have been inspired by the work of child psychologist Mandy Brauer.
Ultimately, this will decrease the numbers of children suffering from abuse.