In Indonesia, during the COVID-19 pandemic, children experienced significant learning loss as the result of school closure. Furthermore, health issues, reduced economic opportunity, and parents’ inability to continue remote learning for children contributed negatively to children’s out-of-school experiences.
For these reasons, Rumah Sekolah (house as school) was established in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Rumah Sekolah is a home-schooling collective that is open to all children regardless of their social cultural backgrounds, physical condition or economic status. The school works closely with parents in the learning process, promoting shared responsibility for their children’s education.
Rumah Sekolah implements mixed-aged learning groups, project-based learning and play-based learning to encourage children to participate through peer education. In project-based learning, students acquire knowledge and skills by working for an extended period to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. In play-based Learning children organise and make sense of their social worlds through engaging actively with people, objects and representations.
Rumah Sekolah’s mission is to:
- fulfil the right of the child to education, development, protection and participation;
- serve as a place of children’s and parents’ learning and development;
- promote the intrapersonal, interpersonal and cognitive skills of parents and children
- develop strategies to build relationships and learning methods based on the characteristics of children and families in Indonesia