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Jakarta Post

Jakarta eyes child-friendly city status by 2022

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  04:52 pm
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Two girls play at the Akasia Child-friendly Playground (RPTRA) in Tebet, South Jakarta, after the playground was inaugurated by then-governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in this file photo. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Despite being born and raised in Jakarta, 33-year-old Erina Fitria has been hesitant over the idea of raising her child here. In the city that never sleeps, Erina said there were too many factors to consider to ensure that her son would grow up well. Erina’s 6-year-old son just started kindergarten this year and she has never been more protective of him. “I never stop worrying about his well-being because I don’t think the city is child-friendly enough,” she said on Wednesday. She went on and mentioned major factors she is concerned about the most, such as the severely polluted air and the city’s sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and public transportation, which are not all safe for children. To answer to Erina's and other parents' concerns, the Jakarta administration launched the Child-Friendly City Grand Design 2018-2...