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Bandung schoolkids given chickens to get them off their phones

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung, West Java   /   Fri, November 22, 2019   /  08:06 pm
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Nazrul Muhammad, a student from Cempaka Arum elementary school, showed the chicken he received from Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial in the Bandung Planting event at the Gedebage retention pool, Bandung, Thursday (11/21/2019 )(The Jakarta Post/Arya Dipa)

How do we get children off their smartphones? Give them chickens, of course. At least that is the idea of Oded M. Danial, the mayor of Bandung, West Java. The policy, which he has named “chickenization”, is not aimed simply at weaning kids off their smartphones but also making them more responsible. The policy involves handing out free 2,000 day-old chicks to students of two elementary and 10 junior high schools in Cibiru and Gedebage districts, Bandung. The symbolic handover of the birds took place on Thursday to Nazril Muhammad Ibrahim, 11, a fifth grader at Cempaka Arum elementary school and to Rabil, 13, a student of SMP 54 state-run high school in Bandung on the sidelines of the Bandung Menanam I event in  Rancabolang subdistrict, Gedebage. “Chickenization is not simply aimed at getting kids away from their gadgets. It is part of the government's ...