children and education
Working with children is always be my pleasure. When I was a child, I want to become a kindergarten teacher. When I grew older, I got captivated in architecture and design but never forget my childhood dream. Interior Architecture program as my previous education can't fulfill my interest in children space. So I consider to pursue higher education in MFA Child Culture Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
I always interested in topics and issues about education and children. Eventhough I took my major in Interior Architecture, I always find myself to design about children's space or involve in research about educational space. Together with my lecturers, we conducted research about special needs school. From the research, I acknowledge that my country outnumbered of good design for children, especially space for those who have special needs . When I was becoming committee of architecture student organisation, I created interactive workshops about city and environment for children in elementary school. From those experiences, I got to know how to involve children to share their perspective via media of mapping, drawing, and model making.
Actively volunteered in Kelas Inspirasi, an organisation about kids and education, I always learn new things about how children could have important decision to improve their hometown. I learned a lot from the real situations where elementary school children took their class in remote area. From these experiences, I positioned myself in the middle of community and trying to understand the children's desire of their environment in future vision. Some of activities and workshops held to gather the ideas of improvement in their school or their village. I want to study further about method of collecting children's aspiration and together exercising these practice to get them to the next level of participation.
In the future I wanted to take part in program about Child Friendly City that have launched in my country but facing obstacles in the middle of the proccess. Eventhough local NGO's took an action to accomplish children's involvement in shaping friendly neighbourhood for them, we need more real actions. In 2016, I created a community where children could expressing themself in terms of art and culture. Hopefully it will be develop into a space where children could express themself and actively participate in environmental issues. There are not many expertise in children's space design back in my hometown. I rarely found an example of carefully designed space with the aspiration of young children.
In shaping my focus and interest in children's space and their participation method, I hope to be a designer with strong research skills to meet the requirement of design for children. With my previous research experiences, working skills, voluntary activities and network, pursuing my master degree in MFA Child Culture Design will completing my ambition to make child friendly environment especially in my home country.