The promise seen in so many other parts of the country’s development has yet to ring true with Indonesia’s education system. Putera Sampoerna Foundation is calling for urgent investment and reform.
One of the few commonalities that unites the world is that much of our motivation comes from the desire to create a better future for our children. Part of that endeavour – in addition to striving for better economic, health and environmental conditions – must include providing sufficient education to ensure the next generation has the capability to continue making progress.
Indonesia is in need of advancement in the area of education, and this is the challenge that has been taken up by Putera Sampoerna, chairman and founder of the Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF). His vision is to help improve the education system but also to create leaders and entrepreneurs capable of transforming Indonesians into viable global citizens capable of contributing locally, regionally, and internationally. The belief held by Mr Sampoerna and PSF is that the more advanced the education quality, the more advanced the country will become. And there is much work to be done.
PSF is not deluded about the scale of the task before it. Neither do they have any intention of sugar-coating the current conditions facing Indonesian youth. As a result of poverty and other factors, each year more than 1.8 million children are unable to con- tinue their education. More than half of Indonesian teachers are under-qualified and there are still many school buildings that are in need of improvement.