Visit Indonesia Mengajar and @America

Visit Indonesia Mengajar and @America

Last Saturday (26 November 2011) I just had a visit after a week-before enrollment for an event ICC Goes To External by IAAS LC-IPB to head for Indonesia Mengajar Headquarter and @America at Pacific Place South Jakarta. Participants departed from IPB campus at 7 am and has disembarked at IM (Indonesia Mengajar) headquarter first. The staffs welcomed us warmly then pleased to have sits for discussion. We didn't take any chair nor was round table discussion, but relaxing on the clean floor (very Indonesian way) covered with leather carpet.

The plenary opened with some speeches but eventually the discussion has just really begun some minutes later. I just still wonder someday we have less opening speeches rather than the core of discussion. Or else modifying some of those common ways practiced into varying appearance.

First presentation from IM Head of External and Public Affairs, Pak Israr revealed background behind existence and commitment IM was conducted and being widely paid by hilarious attention that of 'fresh graduate'. A brief summary of his presentation is as following:

IM was founded based on hard swiftly desire to give more, present more, contribute more, brought by high responsibility of this educational circumstance of this nation. Elementary education in which is very basic and more attractive to trigger future that of pupil as the first step to move on further, unfortunately in some areas particularly remote areas within this nation is adequate or less.

The fundamental problem of basis encouraging elementary education particularly are two cases, "Quality" and "Quantity". Quality of teacher is not that advanced, somehow it doesn't belong to their mistakes completely. Access of torrent information is still lacking meanwhile some trainings are almost rare. In consequence, it has been so fragile to insist what so called good educational services even though the presence of pupil attendance in the class is thankful for their passion.

Talking about the Quantity, in some schools in remote area there's only one teacher resembling a headmaster practically to manage all things and doing very multi-tasking. He or she whose hand handles entire classes is the only one booster to keep what educated people called 'education' though they don't really know exactly things are happening over some schools outside their convenient reach there. Can we imagine what would be happening with pupils when one standing teacher takes home medicine for illness. Education surely would be terminated for awhile and they don't get any lesson along the way they go home.

The preambule of Indonesia Constitution 1945 clearly declares that " give birth nation's intellectuals" is one of basis compiled by founders of this nation inspired by importance of becoming well-educated country. It's been 66 years since this country proclaimed its Independence from colonialism, stupidity, retarded, and poverty and many more pains. They definitely didn't want the darkness put its cursed possibility on appearing to this country in hell someday.

Thus, initiated by Dr. Anis Baswedan (currently as Rector of Paramadina University) and other colleagues to make a leap program called Indonesia Mengajar recruiting best fresh graduate students over this nation to be sent to designated places spreading over archipelagos assisting schools through very breakthrough ways for a year long.

Pengajar Muda is term for selected graduate whose missions are on their arm to lighten up the candle. It's such a challenging life for year to survive, to serve, and to understand deeply what they really have to do.

Nothing is that so precious rather than to give our contribution to society. "To educate is duty belonging to educated people".


Very impressive notions and so triggering. It has opened our eyes wider we need to make an action right know. Additionally an amusing sharing by a Pengajar Muda Batch 1 who has passed a year on duty in a remote school in East Borneo. Extending the program now IM is going to place Pengajar Muda in border zone of this country every odd number of Batch session.

Eventually the last destination was a heading to @America where a central of US culture center offering some services from education till entertainment with high technology facilities. Everything there is digitally displayed and informing visitors by very different ways. Nice place and comfort :)

Thanks to : IAAS LC-IPB

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