影/打破拾荒命運!「創新者閱讀園」為印尼孩子帶來新契機 | Reading Garden introduces poor Indonesian children to a world outside of landfills

沒有垃圾和廢物的生活,對許多印尼的兒童來說,是難以想像的。這是住在印尼最大的垃圾場——「Bantar Gebang」地區的孩子們所面對的現實。

Life, as they know it, would be unimaginable without trash and waste. This is the reality and legacy for many children in Bantargebang, Indonesia, coined as Indonesia’s biggest landfill. 

許多印尼家庭為了生計搬遷至印尼雅加達首都郊區的「Bantar Gebang」地區尋找更好的工作和未來,最終卻有大多人只能與自己的孩子們一起整理垃圾來支撐家計。在缺乏指導和教育的環境下,這些孩子最終也和父母一樣成為拾荒者,因為這就是他們熟悉的世界。

Many families relocated to Bantargebang in search of better work and futures. Most end up picking and sorting through trash with their children in order to make ends meet. 

In an environment void of guidance and educational enrichment, these children invariably end up as trash collectors, just as their parents were, because this is the world they know. 

自2012年TBI成立開始,這樣的現象開始改變。有了「創新者閱讀園」這個小型圖書館網路,專為貧困兒童提供書籍和閱讀課程,這些孩子得以接觸垃圾場以外的世界,能有更大的野心和抱負。

There’s been a glimmer of change since the establishment of TBI in 2012.

With Innovator Reading Garden, a network of small libraries providing books and reading classes for underprivileged kids, children are introduced to worlds outside of Bantargebang, allowing them to bear greater goals and ambitions. 

TBI 透過推廣不同的活動來培養孩子閱讀的習慣。在這個閱讀園,閱讀是一種貨幣,若想上美術課、手作課程或英語課,則孩子必須提早15分鐘抵達,選一本書閱讀並總結。

One of TBI’s main approaches is to promote different activities and programs designed to foster reading habits. At the reading garden, reading is a currency. 

In exchange for arts and crafts lessons or english classes, children have to “come 15 minutes early, pick up a book, read and summarize it”. 

不過,在TBI工作相當具有挑戰性。在此工作的老師和志工們多為未受過教育的女性,他們不辭辛勞的工作以激勵學生們踏上學習的旅途。

However, work at TBI is quite challenging. Teachers and volunteers at the TBI, predominantly women who have not received formal education themselves, work tirelessly to motivate students on their journeys to literacy. 

TBI目前負責提供經濟支持、培訓課程和開發企劃,以維持這些圖書館的永續性,不過三年後,這些圖書館的所有權就將轉移給社區。在這個動盪的時代,這些圖書館已經成為兒童們安全探索自己志向的溫暖家園。

TBI’s role is to foster sustainability in these libraries through economic support as well as training and program development. After a three year period, the ownership of these libraries is transferred into the hands of the local community. 

Amid turbulent times, these libraries have become a home where children “can feel safe to explore their passions”.