In the Riau Islands, students living in fishing communities of Bintan and surrounding small islands are trapped in a cycle of poor education outcomes, environmental degradation and limited job opportunities. The Island Foundation addresses these complex issues by providing a free education program for students using our bespoke and locally relevant curriculum that is based on principles of sustainability, and through local teacher training sessions for public school teaching staff.
Students living in small communities of the Riau Islands face a range of barriers to accessing quality education due to their location, socio-economic challenges and low teacher quality. Schools are failing to empower their students, and lack capacity to build 21st skills that are needed to improve their lives. Sadly, systemic inequality, poor education outcomes and limited employment opportunities drive environmental degradation which then further entrenches communities in the cycle of poverty.
The Island Foundation's education program provides free education services to 250 students across eight communities. At our Learning Centres we focus on developing 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration and confidence through our curriculum and content-based language learning to empower and inspire our students to be creative, problem-solving, change makers. Local teacher training sessions seek to bring these skills into public school classrooms for longer term systemic change.
The Island Foundation's education program and school teacher training are creating local change makers. Students are being empowered and supported with the skills to find local solutions to the complex issues that small island communities face. The Island Foundation's ultimate vision is to transform education not only in small island communities across the Riau Islands, but throughout Indonesia's vast archipelago.