A barefoot girl was sitting in an alleyway in Jakarta. She was holding a plastic container in her hand and I could see what looked like noodles inside. The girl seemed to be eating her lunch alone in the alley. When I approached her, camera in hand, the girl chuckled awkwardly and gave me a peace sign.
I thought she was taking it easy in the alley, but on second thought, it was a weekday. Normally, it would be during school hours. I wondered if this girl was not going to school. It was a little strange.
It is hard to think that education is neglected in developing countries, not only Indonesia. Education is essential for industrial development. In fact, data from the Indonesia Research Institute shows that the school attendance rate for boys and girls aged 7-12 in the 2018 school year is over 99%. Most of the children are in school. The reason why this girl was lounging in an alley at noon on a weekday may have been because of the school holidays.
By the way, the school education system in Indonesia is the same as in Japan, which is based on the 6-3-3 system and compulsory education until junior high school.
September 10, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF