Unlike in the old time, urban children today are not familiar with the city they live in. Limited public spaces, relatively high crime rates, longer school hours, poor public transportation, and all-day heavy traffic have limited their movement and mobility. As a result, shopping malls have become their only choice to have “fun”.
Having fun in this case is not just all play, but more on the learning side by observing, experiencing, sharing, thinking creatively. From our perspective, anything that surrounds us is a wilderness. It offers and/or imposes on us both the good and bad things. The minute we are born is the minute we enter the wilderness. Living is about surviving this wilderness; so, being familiar with it, is the primary prerequisite.
In this program, children age 9 to 17 years are guided in series of cultural pilgrimage to recognize and feel the significance of their city covering roots, history, opportunities and threats. By comprehending such significance, hopefully the children will be not only possessing cultural identity, but also able to confront all the potentials (good and bad) and materialize them into benefits to themselves and society.
So far the program has covered the following area: Taman Prasasti Museum, Sunda Kelapa Port, Senayan Sport Arena, Cikini Traditional Market, Surabaya Street Antiques, Sumenep Street Fish & Aquarium, Lauser Park, Kota Train Station and vicinity, Ciliwung River, Textile Museum, Karang Tengah Reserved Park and Depok. The total number of children participated is over 200.