Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read

by Yayasan Tunas Aksara
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Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of this campaign. It is of great significance to us, but especially to all the children and teachers we can support with this. Please know that your contribution has a big impact!

Kupang Update

Our partnership with the Ministry of Education in Kupang is going well. It will serve more than 800 new children this academic year, bringing the total to more than 1700 children. This quarter we've trained 8 new teachers, replacing teachers who were rotated to new positions by the education department or retiring, and our team has conducted more than 40 mentoring visits to remote schools. Other significant developments include:

- We have paid a deposit on a small office in Kupang, another step towards establishing an official branch office for Saya Suka Membaca in Eastern Indonesia so that the team can serve teachers and children more effectively;

- The head teachers of our 20 partner schools have agreed to pay the cost of reproducing activity books for children in their schools. This is a huge endorsement of Saya Suka Membaca, and a boost to the program's sustainability (and the impact of your donations) by more than US$3000.

Jakarta and Beyond

The Jakarta team has also been busy training new teachers, providing SSM training for than 23 teachers in three training events in the last three months. 8 of these were teachers working at a school on the outskirts of Jakarta; 5 were leaders of an organisation with plans to use SSM in Sumba, Eastern Indonesia, in 2023; 10 were teachers from three new partner organisations in Pekanbaru, Riau. A small grant from one of these groups enabled us to provide training more affordably for the other organisations, multiplying the effectiveness of your generous donations.

Plans for 2023

We're so grateful for your support throughout 2022, and are excited to look forward to 2023. Watch out for our end of year social media campaign, where we'll look back at what you've helped us to achieve this year, and share more of our plans for the year ahead.

We wish you and your family all the best as we head into the festive season.

Salam literasi,

Stuart Patience

on behalf of the SSM team.

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Progress in Kupang

The program in Kupang has been going well, despite reductions in funding from the Ministry Of Education. The field team have just finished collecting endline testing data for the program's first cohort in order to evaluate their progress. Initial results look promising - more in our next update!

More than 940 children are being taught to reading using Saya Suka Membaca materials as a result of this program. You can see the story of one of them, Bryan, by clicking on this link to Youtube.

Teacher Training in Jakarta

At the end of June we delivered three days of training for 9 teachers from across Indonesia at the office of a partner charity in Jakarta. Several of the teachers involved serve in extremely isolated rural communities, so we're very happy to have been able to equip them with the materials they need to teach reading effectively in the field.

You can watch a video of highlights from the training here.

Mentawai Loves Reading

Surfers travel for thousands of miles to experience the world-class waves of the Mentawai islands. Sadly, children living on these beautiful islands have little access to quality education or reading books - in some cases, they don't even have electricity. We're delighted to be partnering with a group of surfers from the U.S. to provide training for teachers at six schools on the island of Siberut, in what we hope will be just the start of a program to serve many more teachers and children across Mentawai.

Thank You

As ever, your donations and other support are vital enablers for this work. Thank you.

With your help, we'll continue to improve the quality of our programs and serve more teachers and children across Indonesia.

Best wishes,

Stuart Patience
Jean Oberlin

Yayasan Tunas Aksara - Saya Suka Membaca


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Teachers in Kalimantan after SSM Training
Teachers in Kalimantan after SSM Training

Dear Friends,

We hope you've had a good start to 2022!


Our team started 2022 by running three training events in remote areas of Kalimantan, in partnership with the Corporate-Social Responsibility program of PT. Kalimantan Prima Persada (PT. KPP).

This is a full implementation of SSM in three schools, and will serve approximately 150 children in its first year. If this pilot program is demonstrated to be effective and is well received by teachers and the local education department it will be expanded to other local schools, also funded by PT. KPP.


In mid-February we received confirmation from the Ministry of Education that our program in Kupang will also be extended... once again with a radically reduced budget. Nevertheless, the extension of the program will enable us to provide teacher training and the next level of the SSM curriculum to 37 teachers in remote schools, getting more books to 942 kids in 20 target schools.


Plans for a signficiant training partership in Papua have been put on hold after our local partner had their budget cut (they are part of the same government program that has funded our work in Kupang). In the meantime, in early March we trained a single trainer from Yayasan Pensil Peduli, also working in Papua. They hope to train teachers in five schools after field-testing our curriculum.

Tune in Next Time...

... for a video from Kupang and news of the SSM App!


With gratitude as ever for your partnership,


Stuart Patience
Jean Oberlin

On behalf of Yayasan Tunas Aksara

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New look cover for a Teacher's Handbook
New look cover for a Teacher's Handbook

Dear Friends of Saya Suka Membaca,

I hope this email finds you well - we've got some great news to share with you.

942 Kids Learning to Read in Kupang, Eastern Indonesia

After many delays and false-starts due to Covid-19 (and an 80% reduction in the initial budget) our government-funded program in Kupang is underway!

At the end of October our field team in Kupang led training events for two cohorts of teachers, training 37 teachers to use the first two levels of our curriculum. This is exciting for many reasons:

  • Most of all, 37 teachers from 20 schools, responsible for teaching 942 children, have been equipped to teach the foundational skills of literacy effectively, in a way that both teachers and children find fun and motivating!
  • The reduced program budget forced us to make a rapid pivot to using the new "light" teachers handbook developed as part of Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read. The teachers love the large A3 format, full-colour resource - it feels like a turning point for us in terms of the quality of the materials, so much so that we have decided to make this the standard resource for the first level of our curriculum. Other groups are also showing an interest in using the new handbook.
  • Training teachers is far simpler and more cost-effective with the new materials.
  • Feedback from teachers and from the regional supervisor of the government program has been overwhelmingly positive, and it seems likely that the program will be extended next year, subject to funding for the government program overall. 

Although this program is government funded, there are many administrative and other expenses necessary to an implementation like this that are not covered. Donations like yours make it possible for us to have the resources, staff  and infrastructure in place and ready to make an impact, and to go the extra mile when the need arises. Thank you.

We're still waiting to receive consent to share photos from classrooms in Kupang. For now, you can click here to see a video of the training event.

I hope that you'll smile a few extra times this week when you remember that you played a part in this.

In partnership,

Stuart Patience

On Behalf of Yayasan Tunas Aksara and the Saya Suka Membaca team


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Dear Friends of Yayasan Tunas Aksara / Saya Suka Membaca,

I hope this email finds you, your family and neighbours in good health and good spirits.

You're probably aware that this has been a really tough time for Indonesia and for Jakarta in particular, with hospitals stretched beyond capacity. Four of our team have been sick with Covid-19, and one of them was hospitalised. We're thankful that they all pulled through and are starting to recover, but two have lost a parent in this latest wave, and there is a lot for them to deal with.

Needless to say, schools will not be returning to face-to-face teaching any time soon. As the team recovers and the current lockdown restrictions loosen we continue to work hard to be ready for when schools do return, and to find other ways to support teachers, for example, by supplying 'libraries in a box' and other resources.

Before the Delta variant of Covid-19 hit us so hard, we had been having a good second-quarter:

  • The team made further progress on improvements to our handbooks, teaching and training resources, which are the foundation of this project;
  • We also made significant breakthroughs in automating data entry and analysis of test results, which will enable us to better support teachers to identify which children in their classes need additional support as they learn to read;
  • We also began an exciting new partnership to train teachers in two primary schools in Kalimantan, with face-to-face training planned for July (now delayed until September).

In this context, we continue to be enormously grateful for your support of the project as we work to help thousands of children in communities across Indonesia to learn to read, and to love reading.

In partnership,


Stuart Patience
Jean Christensen

On behalf of the Yayasan Tunas Aksara team


P.S. If you're interested to learn more about literacy and education in Indonesia you may be interested to visit the 'Articles and Resources' section of our website (link opens in a new window), which features a collection of research and reports from various sources. We recently added an interesting piece on the history of literacy in Indonesia, which provides helpful context to the challenges we face today.


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Yayasan Tunas Aksara

Location: Jakarta Utara, DKI Jakarta - Indonesia
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Twitter: @Suka_Membaca
Project Leader:
Jean O. C. Hutahaean
Jakarta Utara, DKI Jakarta Indonesia
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