As part of the “Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project, 12 community network organisations (four in Africa, four in Asia and four in Latin America) were selected and granted funding towards activities that create and foster a peer learning community. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing stories from the members of this peer community about local impacts of the work they carried out with the help of this funding. Today, we are featuring a story that was shared with us by Common Room in Indonesia.
As part of the digital storytelling workshops held with residents of Kampung Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Indonesia, Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri also facilitated music and songwriting workshops with the local children. This activity was intended to improve the ability of the children to express themselves and speak through music in a simple way.
For several days, children were involved in composing songs that reflect their daily life in Kampung Kasepuhan Ciptagelar. A song which was created from this particular activity was given with the title "Sakola Adat" or Customary School. The lyrics of this song were written by Aki Dai, a local traditional bamboo music artist (angklung buhun) who is also part of the customary artists (juru tatabeuhan) who often accompany ritual activities using angklung and bamboo percussion (dogdog) along with the traditional music group named Ciung Wulung.
This particular song tells about how children learn in the milieu of indigenous peoples in order to maintain ancestral values and uphold the customs and culture of the local community.
The lyrics of the song created, along with a loose translation into English, are as follows:
Yu batur masing jalujur
Hirup ulah rek takabur
Sakola paluhur luhur
Cekel amanat luluhur
Sakolah jaman ayeuna
Kuresep kabina bina
Kusabab loba guruna
Sakola di Ciptagelar
Matak sumanget diajar
Da guru loba nu anyar
Anu arek ngadon ngajar.
Come on my friend, let's be honest
Live our life and don’t be arrogant
Going for school and look for higher status
It is better to hold to your ancestral values
Going to school today
That is fun and full of joy
We have a lot of teachers
They come from everywhere
Going to school in Ciptagelar
It makes a strong passion to learn
We have some new teachers
Who shared a strong interest to teach.
Now that the residents of Kampung Kasepuhan Ciptagelar are connected to the internet through the community network infrastructure that Common Room helped set up in 2019, they are not only able to preserve their traditional knowledge and culture through digital storytelling, but can also share it with the world. Enjoy!