CRC Network of Indonesia

Welcome to the country page of the CRC Network of Indonesia! Here you will find information about our history, our Change Agents and how we have worked and still are working with implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and more- all in the best interest of all children. The Child Rights Program is focusing Central Java, one of the regions of the most populated island in Indonesia. The implementation of CRC in education, learning and teaching have been dominated by participants from teacher training institutions (Universitas PGRI (UPGRIS), Semarang and Muhammadiyah University (UMS), Surakarta) and directed against development of child-friendly teaching models and child friendly schools in cooperation with local schools. Indonesia started their projects by formulating the structural networking between stakeholders, especially the government, CIDA, SIDA, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, USAID, AUSAID, and the local NGO's, such as NU and Muhammadiyah in order to prepare the nation for the Rights of the Child.


Indonesia has been taking part in the International Training Program since batch 3. The first three batches, namely: batch 3, 4, and 7, had successfully identified the right theme for the Indonesian contexts. Batch 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13 to focus on the implementation of CRC at schools by formulating and implementiing the Child Rights-based approach in teaching-learning processes that they called Child-Friendly Teaching Model (CFTM). This teaching model constituted four steps of implementation: Engaging, Activating, Sharing, and Empowering (EASE). Based on the Child-Friendly Teaching Model, they initiated Child-Friendly School Model. Supported by the former Teacher Training and Education Institute of the Republic of Indonesian Teachers Association of Semarang (IKIP PGRI Semarang, now University of PGRI) the five batches integrated their projects into the core business of the institute by putting CRC as part of the compulsory materials learned by the teacher trainees.

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Main Focus

Prior to this CRC project, the standard for many classroom activities was to have lecture-style lessons and teaching. This might often be done through choral drills so that everyone could see the teacher and the board during a content course. It is a kind of one-man show, the teacher stood up as to see all students, moved freely around the classroom and tried to gain the attention of all the students. The teacher was super ac­tive while the students were very passive receivers of information. It was not uncommon to have students fall asleep in the classroom. Then CRC project designed a thematic classroom, a classroom that was very con­ducive for teaching learning process.

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Thematic Classroom Design was one of the major concern of within Indonesia that implemented in many schools now. Thematic classroom refers to a classroom that is pre-populated with various learn­ing resources design to support learning about specific topics and issues. The topics and issues represent basic disciplines like Mathematics, Social Science, Natural Science, English, History, and Islamic studies. In other words, a thematic classroom is designed to accommodate one discipline or school subject.

Way Forward

There have been and will be some challenges that most of the Indonesian agents are facing. It was a problem for the Indonesia agents to spread or socialize the Child Rights to the ethnically and culturally diverse nation as the nation is very much diverse nation with different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.

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