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One Step Forward through Education


Adaro helps schools near its South Kalimantan operations to improve their management practices.

It is our belief that investment in education creates stronger communities, and that improving educational quality is critical for the success of future generations. Some of our main programs include providing scholarships and mobile libraries as well as improving school infrastructure.

in 2018, AE put an extra focus on initiatives to impart quality education, which complemented the national agenda for making education more accessible and improving the quality of both teachers and students.

Imparting quality education for rural areas, like AE subsidiaries’ operational locations, in the most part means addressing and covering the deficiencies in the local schools and making available education that will produce readily employable workforce. Therefore, much of AE’s focus is dedicated to identifying and providing learning tools and facilities, training and upgrading the competence of school principals and teachers, strengthening educational institutions, and supervising program implementation with close mentorship to ensure proper execution. AE hopes that its corporate patronage will catalyze an insatiable thirst for knowledge among the community members, which will push them to work together and make conscious efforts to enrich themselves with education.

In 2018, AE made a new milestone by launching “Adaro Nyalakan Ilmu” (or translated into “Adaro Ignites the Light of Education”), a program that incorporates the Adaro Group’s five paramount educational initiatives, i.e. early education, vocational education, vocational training for Islamic boarding schools, scholarship, and technology-based education. These five initiatives are perceived to be the right solution for preparing the community members to be the competent, highly skilled workforce, who will build their hometown with productive endeavors.

Character-Based Early Education – building children’s character from the formative years

Objective: This program aims to develop the local children holistically, to prepare them to be the future workforce who are not only intelligent and skilled in what they do, but also have strong conscience and moral values, so that they will behave consistently among the thought, the heart and the action (“habit of the mind”, “habit of the heart”, and “habit of the hands”).

AE has appointed Indonesia Heritage Foundation (IHF), an early education expert that focuses on instilling moral values among children (generation α) to mentor 650 early education institutions within the Adaro Group’s locations in the South, East and Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra provinces in 2018 to 2024.

IHF’s roles are to review, develop and train the early education teachers on conducting education based on the Nine Pillars of Character and several other strategies for developing the children’s character holistically. The program is targeting to include 100,000 children and 2,000 teachers and school principals in the whole period of the program, with the hope that when the children reach the productive age from 2028 onwards, they will be productive workforce with integrity, strong moral values and work ethics.

In 2018, the program donated learning tools to 63 early education schools and sent 126 early education teachers to IHF’s training on character-based holistic education system.

Vocational Education – preparing readily employable local workforce

Objective: This program aims to assist the vocational schools surrounding the Adaro Group’s locations in providing quality vocational education that is effective to develop specialized workforce who are readily employable immediately after graduation.

The McKinsey Global Institute has estimated that Indonesia, in the absence of effective skill-upgrading measures, may face a significant shortfall of skilled and semi-skilled workers by 2030. Vocational education, which provides the hands-on training specific to particular jobs, is perceived to be a good solution to prevent the shortage.

While the number is considerably high, many of the vocational schools around the locations of AE’s subsidiaries are still struggling to provide their students with quality education that truly emphasizes practical activities, the lying foundation of vocational education, which is the principal requirement in getting the students to be readily employable in the field of their training. For ensuring the effectiveness of the program, in 2018, the company hired vocational education consultant Yayasan Karya Akademi Teknik Mesin Industri (ATMI) to improve the teaching and learning activities of four vocational schools in Balangan and Tabalong regencies.

After an initial assessment on the economic potential of the two districts, ATMI selected six fields of vocational education to be the focus on the program: agriculture, electrical technology, food and beverage service, fashion and tailoring, hospitality, and auto mechanic. Each school will be submitted to an eight-semester mentorship that includes strengthening the institutions, upgrading the instructors, identifying the required learning tools and other resources to be provided by the company, placing students in relevant jobs and/or internships, and preparing the schools to be a commercial production center.

After the mentorship period ends, the schools are expected to provide better vocational education that will equip students with the practical skills that enable them to perform specific jobs.

Vocational Training for Islamic Boarding Schools – strengthening the welfare of Islamic students

Objective: This program aims to help the teachers and students of the Islamic boarding schools around the Adaro Group’s locations to be more economically independent, without compromising their main focus on learning about Islam and Quran.

This is an extension to a similar program that has been implemented in two Islamic boarding schools in Balangan and Tabalong, but the target has been increased to include 23 schools that house 2,800 students and 70 teachers. The program is designed to give the teachers and students the entrepreneurial skills that can support their economic welfare in a sustainable manner. The activities focus on conducting training in husbandry, cooperative body, tailoring, auto workshop, fish farming, agriculture, and food.

At the end of the mentorship, the schools and the teachers are expected to be capable of continuing the training on their own and running business activities that generate sufficient income to support their operations and the students are expected to have the skills that can make them financially independent. The people surrounding the schools will also be invited to participate, whether as suppliers, consumers, etc.

Scholarship – widening access to quality education

Objective: The Adaro Group’s scholarship program aims to provide wider access to quality education to the local youth who have made excellent academic achievements and shape them into productive workforce with strong work ethics.

A lot of local youth surrounding the Adaro Group’s locations demonstrate strong will and growth mindset, the qualities that project a prospect of building the future generation who will upgrade the living standards of their hometown. After dedicating considerable resources for scholarships for many years, in 2018, the company reinforced its commitment by adding the scholarship program into the bigger “Adaro Nyalakan Ilmu” (translated into “Adaro Ignites the Light of Education”) program for stronger outcomes from building the recipients’ character and competence.

The company launched Adaro Bright Future Leaders scholarship under the collaboration with Lambung Mangkurat University in South Kalimantan. This is a full-ride scholarship for students to study at this university, which include tuition, room and board, and living expenses. In addition to attending the courses in the college, they are also mentored for leadership, social development, life and career, and networking and collaboration. With college degree and strong soft skills, the students are prepared to make positive contribution to their hometown upon graduation.

For supporting the students’ learning experience and strengthen the collaboration with the university, the company has renovated one dormitory in Banjarbaru and is building one student dormitory in Banjarmasin. Both dormitories, while being prioritized for ABFL recipients, can also be used by other students of Lambung Mangkurat University.

Technology-Based Education (TBE) – utilizing technology to support teaching activities

Technological advancement has presented the convenience for the communication between teachers and students, yet a lot of teachers surrounding the Adaro Group’s locations are still oblivious to the fact that the world’s digital transformation can be harnessed to significantly improve their students learning experience. This has prompted the initiative to make the teachers more proficient in utilizing digital technology to support their teaching activities, with the expectation that it will ultimately improve their students’ academic achievements.

In 2018, AE hired Indonesian Technology-Enhanced Language (i-TELL), an IT-based teachers group, to train 294 local elementary and middle school teachers on technology-based education. The program is targeting to train 1,000 teachers in the period of 2018 to 2024 to achieve more meaningful outcomes.

Going forward, the participants will publish the compilation of their best practice stories in books. The books will be registered with ISBN and distributed widely to reach and inspire a bigger audience in Indonesia. Thirty five of the best participants will also be selected to be “Technologically Enthusiastic Educators”. They are expected to keep up with the continuous advancement in digital technology and promote such utilization of technology within their respective communities.

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