The first term of the PHMF funded Vocational Training Center (VTC) has finally ended and we are proud to announce that around 70.5% or 146 students out of 207 students who followed the test were able to get the certificate!
These students are ones who passed the final exam and had more than 70 % attendance. This percentage is actually less than the total participants who passed the exam, however some of them are not entitled to receive a certificate due to their absenteeism. We applied this system in order to educate students to be committed and disciplined.
Moreover, we also conducted a questionnaire distribution to analyze the satisfaction of students and tutors about VTC’s services to know whether our services was good or not and how to improve the VTC’s services.
Based on the questionnaire given, we can summarize that both tutors and students feel satisfied with VTC and hope that it can be sustainable to help more destitute people in Cipanas. What they enjoyed the most were the tutors, the lessons given and the facilities provided during the training. Teaching with a fun atmosphere made the students love to learn and hoped that this class was not just for the short term. They even hoped that the VTC could open more classes with innovative teaching methods to become more modern and fun so it would not be boring.
Their dreams came true. In June, we received confirmation that the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), based in Singapore, agreed to support the VTC for 3 months and not long after, the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) said they would continue to support the VTC. Also, last but not least, donors through GlobalGiving kept coming to help us realize this opportunity. With this support, we were able to open more classes than we had intended to. So, we divided the classes into beginner classes and advanced classes to accommodatethe aspirations of the new students and senior students who wish to continue their studies to a higher level.
In total, we were able to have 20 classes with 316 students!!! That is amazing! We have 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make clothes, 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make crafts, 1 Job Seeking Skills Classes, 7 English Classes, 7 Computer Classes and 1 Hospitality Class. This is an amazing effort to accommodate the community needs for informal education to help poor youths in Cipanas in finding a job to decrease unemployment.
At the same time as this was happening, we thought to revise the system of our services at the VTC and simplify the tasks of the tutors, administrators and staffs without diminishing the quality of their work and even to enable them to upgrade their work result. A new administrator was hired to handle all of the administration system such as registration, schedule, absenteeism, cash deposit, certificate and also the promotion of the VTC to communities around YUM. Some new tutors were also hired to accommodate all the classes like a Hospitality tutor, a Job Seeking Skills tutor, and also a Computer tutor. Hopefully all these new systems can maximize the VTC’s services and our purpose to decrease unemployment can be reached.
We know that all of this achievement cannot be implemented without the support and donations from our generous donors. To add more good news, GlobalGiving announced that they are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project at 12:01 am EDT (or 11:00am Indonesia time) on October 17, 2012 in BONUS DAY. There is $50,000 in matching funds to distribute amongst projects up on GlobalGiving. The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. This BONUS DAY will only happen on October 17th, so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until October 17th before making their donations.
Tank you very much for all your help and for being a part of our success through VTC in helping poor youths in Cipanas. Hopefully, God will bless you with lots of happiness and fortune.
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