COVID-19 in Indonesia: Experiences of Children and Families
Longitudinal Remote Insights Gathering
This longitudinal study was conducted remotely over a nine-month period and included 45 families living in 23 districts across Indonesia who shared insights on their experiences and those of their surrounding communities on the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on families' main concerns during the initial listening phase, the following three rounds of data collection focused on three thematic areas: learning and social lives of children; health and hygiene; and livelihoods and social assistance. Insights on each of these themes were captured in separate research briefs, as well as synthesized into a summary brief which looks back across the entire study period.
Some of the study insights included:
Some livelihood groups recovered quickly, while migrant workers and informal labourers continue to face challenges into 2021.
The scale, frequency and unpredictability of COVID-19 social assistance meant that most people did not consider this to be a significant form of support or a driver of recovery.
With ‘distance learning’ arrangements implemented across Indonesia, many children and particularly adolescents struggled to remain engaged in their education.
Teachers found it hard to interact with and assess students and lacked guidance on how to better support them during distance learning.
One of the significant impacts on health services was the suspension of posyandu sessions for three to six months in most study locations.
Worries and uncertainty about COVID-19 such as testing and quarantine led families in many locations to rely more on village-level health providers and facilities rather than visiting puskesmas and hospitals unless they were seriously ill.
Many of the study implications highlight the need for more context-specific approaches for government policies.