I have often written about children’s play needs in an urban jungle such as Jakarta.
Outlets for exercising bodies and imaginations are few and far between. Outside school, few of which have recreational facilities, where parks exist, they’re for local residents. Elsewhere, the traffic chaos means that it’s easier to stay at home.
At home, hours are whiled away with manufactured toys which come with instructions, so time is wasted twiddling thumbs while gazing at video games on screen.
We can’t all live in rural surroundings, but more could be done to make Jakarta child friendly, and I most definitely do not mean creating more artificial environments such as Kidszone!
There is a need for a Fair Play for Children – Indonesia along the lines of the now 40 year old UK organisation. (Personal note: I was on the FPC – UK exec committee in the early ’80s.)