The group of Sahabat Kapas and members of the Wonogiri Regency PPKB
and P3A Office arrived at 09.30 WIB. That day (5/11), we visited one
of the primary schools in Wonogiri District to provide psychosocial
assistance and assertive training for children victims of sexual
violence. In accordance with the information we obtained from the
PPKB and P3A Wonogiri Service, the children we will meet experience
sexual violence carried out by their own sports teacher. The children
who will take part in the assistance with us that day were 22 girls
from two different schools.
Arriving at the
location, we were welcomed by teachers from the school
representative. According to one teacher, we were informed that the
school felt it was quite difficult when it had to provide
psychosocial assistance for children. The teacher also feels that he
does not have many alternative activities and adequate infrastructure
to divert children’s attention from the sad events that befall them.
One teacher revealed that the school did not have sufficient books.
Therefore, schools are very grateful if there are parties who can
provide reading books as a means of positive transfer of children
from the events that befall them.
The school hopes
that the assistance and assertive training activities carried out by
the PPKB and P3A services with Sahabat Kapas can slightly reduce the
psychosocial burden borne by children. The school also wants that in
the future there will be specific guidelines aimed at schools for
handling cases of school violence experienced by their students. With
these guidelines, teachers can follow up psychosocial mentoring
programs independently and can provide the special attention needed
Dare to Say “NO”
We started the day’s
activities by praying and singing “Finger Song”
accompanied by around four teachers welcomed us to the school mosque.
They look a little shy. After a brief opening from representatives of
Wonogiri’s PPKB and P3A Service, Ms. Rodhiyati, the event continued
with an introduction and a brief presentation of the day’s
activities. The children listened with an orderly explanation given
and seemed enthusiastic to take part in the activity.
To build a cheerful
atmosphere, we started the activity by inviting the children to sing
and demonstrate “Finger Song”. After we feel that children
can accept our presence, our activities continue with role play. We
divide the children into groups, each group consists of 5-6 children
who will be accompanied by one Cotton volunteer. We deliberately make
group activities to train inter-group cooperation and build closeness
to each other.
Each group has its
own names, we decided to name the group with the Blue Boats, Purple
Boats, Green Boats, and Red Boats. Each boat will get an assignment
to play a role with a different theme. The Biru Boat got the theme of
cheating; Green boats have the theme of extortion in the school
environment; Purple Boats play a role with the theme of lighting in
the form of food at school; and the Red Boat played a role themed
cheating. All groups are given time to discuss the role to be played.
Each group will later get about 10 minutes to display the
dramatization of the planned role.
This role playing
activity is one of the media to train children’s assertiveness. With
this assertive training, children are expected to have the ability to
communicate what they want, feel, and think about in others but still
maintain and respect the rights and feelings of others. By playing
roles, children are placed in a condition where they have to be brave
enough to communicate their wishes and dare to say NO to things they
don’t want. Especially, children must dare to refuse treatment or
things that make them feel uncomfortable.
From the role played
by Perahu Biru, our children trained to dare to refuse cheating and
choose honest actions. Children realize that cheating is not good.
Therefore, they must dare to reject the bad deeds. Instead, they must
get used to being honest. We hope that this attitude of bravery
against bad actions is not only used in cheating situations, but in
other situations that require the courage of children to refuse. Like
the role played by the Biru Boat, the Red Boat group also plays a
role that requires children to be honest. In addition, children can
learn to forgive each other for friends who cheat.