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Indonesia Mengajar : Taking Big-City Skills to Indonesia's Villages.

Teach for a year, inspire for a lifetime!

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When I first received this challenge in my inbox, the first thing that came up to my mind was this Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaches) movement founded by current Indonesia's Minister of Education.  In my opinion this will be a good example to be considered in this challenge since the geographic condition (archipelago) of Indonesia has forced those who are less fortunate to be isolated and alienated from the civilisation due to the failure of the government in providing any proper education system and any other services across the nation. I guess this kind of 'isolation' and obscurity are similar to the condition that refugees are facing right now.

The brief description below is taken from the official Linkedin account of Indonesia Mengajar (

Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaches): is a collective effort in fulfilling Indonesia founding fathers’ promise in declaring nation independence through spreading out quality education to all over Indonesia. Indonesia Mengajar does not pretend to solve all education problems in Indonesia, instead, encourage positive initiatives and interactions between individuals and communities. 

Indonesia Mengajar recruits and trains Indonesia's best graduates to be deployed to various remote areas of Indonesia to teach for one year in elementary schools. These tightly selected individuals are called "Pengajar Muda ((“Young Teacher” or Educational Improvement Facilitator). Anies Baswedan founded Indonesia Mengajar in 2009 to be an establishment beyond programmatic approach, with an aspiration to be a movement of Indonesian citizens to collaborate and take a part in improving education quality. 

Indonesia Mengajar does not simply encourage young people to become teachers. Through teaching experience, it also provides a means for these young people to learn about leadership as well as to sharpen their social awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by the country. Simply put, it gives them the tools for character building. When these young people complete their teaching service, they will be able to share this valuable experience in their workplace and in extension, inspire others. 


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