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Viewpoint: Helping Parents Fight for Legal Identity in Indonesia


It’s late morning on a bustling street in South Jakarta and children are pouring out of a small neighborhood preschool to ride the bright yellow ducks of the odong-odong street ride parked nearby.

Among the throng is 3-year-old Anaya, who has been attending this small religious school for one year. She and her friends have been studying the alphabet and learning new songs, basic skills children need to enter school. But Anaya’s transition to a state primary school is not assured. Like many Indonesian children, she does not have a birth certificate, and without one she is unable to enroll.

Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, estimates that about 60 percent of Indonesian children under age 5 do not have birth certificates, and half are not registered.

Read more at the Jakarta Globe


About Samantha Magick

Journalist and editor


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