IRFAN AMALI: MANIFESTASI INDONESIA DAMAI

Bagaimana cara membuat anak-anak muda memandang perdamaian sebagai sesuatu yang “asyik”, kemudian memilih menjadikannya gaya hidup? Tanyakan resepnya pada Irfan Amali, tokoh muda yang berkarya menyebarkan nilai perdamaian. Sejak 2007 silam, CEO di Penerbit Mizan ini merintis organisasi perdamaian bernama Peace Generation. Melalui lembaga ini, Irfan berjuang mempromosikan perdamaian dengan cara-cara kreatif seperti melalui permainan, ilustrasi dan buku, film, pelatihan, camping hingga konser musik. ”Cita-cita saya, melahirkan ribuan anak yang menjadi peacemaker, agen perdamaian, generasi damai di Indonesia,” tutur Irfan. Sejarah Peace Generation berawal dari pertemuan Irfan dengan seorang bule asal Amerika bernama Eric Lincoln pada tahun 2006. Saat itu Eric menjadi guru Bahasa Inggris di kantor penerbit Mizan, sementara Irfan adalah salah satu siswanya. Meski berbeda negara, Eric dan Irfan memiliki banyak persamaan. Eric lahir di keluarga Kristen yang taat, begitupun Irfan tumbuh dalam keluarga Muslim yang relijius. Eric dan Irfan sama-sama yakin bahwa agama mengajarkan perdamaian. Sejak saat itulah keduanya menjadi sahabat. Mereka bekerja sama membuat model pendidikan perdamaian interaktif pertama di Indonesia. Di bawah bendera Peace Generation, mereka menginisiasi banyak program untuk mengampanyekan nilai perdamaian, melahirkan ribuan agent of peace, serta menumbuhkan banyak sekolah welas asih atau compassionate schools.

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NUROKHIM: MELAYANI YANG TAK TERLAYANI

Sejak tahun 2000, Nurokhim mendirikan Sekolah Master Indonesia sebagai sandaran bagi kaum dhuafa dan anak jalanan untuk mendapatkan pendidikan yang layak. Awalnya, Nurokhim menggelar kegiatan belajar di Masjid Terminal Depok, yang menjadi cikal bakal nama sekolah ini. Kini, Sekolah Master berdiri di lahan seluas 6000 meter persegi dari jenjang TK sampai SMA. Ada sekitar 3000 siswa saat ini. Mereka adalah anak jalanan yang kerap berkeliaran di terminal. Semuanya bersekolah gratis tanpa biaya. “Di sini selain sekolah, juga jadi rumah, tempat orang mencari suaka perlindungan, semacam negara dalam negara. Ada anak-anak sampai yang punya anak pun masih sekolah. Mereka sekolah di malam hari, walaupun usia mereka seharusnya sudah di perguruan tinggi. Saya bikinkan asrama. Mereka cuma anak tukang bangunan, sopir, kenek, tukang ojek, pedangan asongan dan lain-lain. Bicara anak-anak pasti bicara hak sipil, pengakuan identitas. Anak jalanan ini seperti orang asing dalam negerinya sendiri. Sementara di luar negeri, kucing, anjing ada barcodenya, di sini anak-anak tidak ada identitas, tak jelas asal-usulnya. Kita advokasi, pendampingan hak-hak sipil. Di sini harusnya ada perpanjangan tangan dinas sosial, dinas pendidikan, dinas kependudukan, sehingga anak-anak ini terselamatkan dari jurang kehancuran”, tutur Nurokhim.

Amilia Agustin: Ratu Sampah Sekolah

Ratu Sampah Sekolah, begitu ia dijuluki. Perempuan kelahiran Bandung, 20 April 1996 ini adalah contoh generasi muda yang semangat berkarya untuk perubahan, mendedikasikan diri bagi masyarakat melalui gerakan peduli lingkungan. Bagi Amilia Agustin, merawat lingkungan bukanlah monopoli orang dewasa. Berawal dari kegelisahannya melihat onggokan sampah di lingkungan sekolah, Ami, begitu ia biasa disapa, terdorong membentuk komunitas yang mengelola sampah, lewat program “Go to Zero Waste School.” Program Go to Zero Waste School, dibagi dalam empat bidang pengelolaan sampah, yaitu pengelolaan sampah anorganik, pengelolaan sampah organik, pengelolaan sampah tetrapak, dan pengelolaan sampah kertas. Dari empat cara pengelolaan sampah itu, Ami dan komunitasnya bisa membuat tas dan pupuk kompos. Ami memulai karya perubahan ini pada usia sangat muda, 12 tahun, ketika masih duduk di kelas 2 SMP. Ami adalah sosok generasi muda yang patut menjadi teladan bagi kita dan anak-anak kita. Meski muda belia, ia telah mempunyai visi jauh ke depan, dan beraksi nyata demi penyelamatan bumi. Tak heran, pada tahun 2009, Ashoka Indonesia memilihnya sebagai salah satu Young Changemaker. Ami juga menerima penghargaan Satu Indonesia Awards pada 2010. Ia layak menjadi inspirasi bagi semua, terutama anak muda.

Butet Manurung: The Advocate of Indigenous Indonesian

“I remember when I was little; I loved to read story books. Then there were a lot of questions in my head: Do my friends out there like to read books too? If they have books, can I exchange books with them? It started from these innocent questions that I started a library at home. At that time I was, maybe, in the second grade. I invited my friends to read; I took only a few cents per person, but it was voluntary, some would pay and some would not. Some would borrow books but never returned them, and after a few years I ran out of books.”, recalled Butet when she first learned to organize other people to create something positive. Blessed with a smart mind, achieving in many subjects from math to sports has inspired Butet to help her friends that are falling behind. It was here that her talent for teaching slowly developed. “My friends would ask me to be the teacher, maybe because they did not want the class to be boring. I asked them to play ‘Teachers and Classrooms’. They became my students and I was their teacher. I created a few play models such as playing quizzes or discussion groups. Usually I would tempt them with the prize of a cake or candy as an incentive. I did that from elementary through high school. Until I was a teacher for my students in Rimba, I realize that my childhood experience being a teacher was very valuable. I had a rich creativity to teach.” As an educator, Butet holds a principle that a good teacher is someone who is able to learn from their students, and also from the weaknesses of teachers before them. She really applied this principle when she was a teacher of the Anak Dalam Tribe in the depths of Jambi. Butet taught reading and writing through an anthropological approach. Butet learnt from them the language and wisdom of the Rimba People.

Gamal Albinsaid: A Young Doctor Paid in Trash

While as a medical student at Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, Gamal Albinsaid heard the harrowing story of a young girl lying lifeless on top of a pile of garbage at the young age of 3. Her name was Khairunnisa, or Nisa, and she had succumbed to diarrhoea that led to her life being lost. Being a trashpicker, her father was not able to bring her to a hospital due to a lack of funding and thus, Nisa was only able to make do with whatever they had available for treatment. Sadly, her life was unable to be saved against the diarrhoea that many of us can find treatment for it easily – but not for her. The tragic story of Nisa created a deep impression on Gamal Albinsaid to a point where he was inspired to care and provide the less-fortunate with sufficient treatment. Now, the 27-year old from Malang, East Java is now known locally and overseas as “The Garbage Doctor”. Through the Garbage Insurance Clinic that he established, Gamal is able to provide free medical care to the less fortunate who are only required to pay using trash. His noble venture has captured the heart of the world where in 2012, Gamal was chosen as a Young Changemaker by Ashoka (a global social entrepreneurship organization). Two years later, Gamal was given the “Sustainable Living Youth Entrepreneurs” award from the British Royal Family in the start of 2014. He won first place out of 510 contestants spanning over 90 different countries. His accomplishment won him a trip to London and a face-to-face meeting with Prince Charles himself.