Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands

by The Island Foundation
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands
Transform Education and Lives in the Riau Islands

Dear Supporters - thank you for your support to The Island Foundation!

Over recent months, we have been working hard to keep students engaged while schools in Bintan Regency remain closed. Sadly, students have missed out on a year of regular schooling, and the impacts are not only affecting students, but also parents and communities. 

The Island Foundation has been holding Covid-19 safe outdoor and experiential learning sessions for our students to encourage play, fun and supportive interactions. In these sessions, students are able to work on their confidence, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity through small group work activities that draw on the local environment, culture and language. 

We have also completed a five-year strategy, and the redesign of our learning program - we are excited to launch Learning for Sustainability!

Learning for Sustainability incorporates our student learning program, local teacher training and community engagement initiaitves that work together to strengthen the learning ecosystems in remote small island and coastal communities. 

To read a summary of the strategy and overview of the Learning for Sustainability program, please click on the website and publications links below. 

If you are not yet a recurring donor, we warmly invite you to consider setting up a recurring donation - please see the monthly donations link below. Consistent support allows us to plan and deliver our work more effectively.

And please share our project with your networks - together we can have a greater impact.

From all of us at The Island Foundation, thank you!

Courtney and The Island Foundation team.

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Data collection with local school
Data collection with local school

Greetings GlobalGiving supporters!

Firstly, thank you for your contributions to The Island Foundation - your support has made a difficult year much more manageable and has kept us moving forward with improvements to our program and operations. 

During 2020 we:

  • Supported 248 students with weekly home learning from March to end December
  • Provided 248 students and families with free learning materials
  • Supported eight communities with Covid-19 interventions
  • Installed computers and internet in three communities for public use
  • Surveyed parents on their engagement with their children's learning and sustainable development challenges
  • Planted 500 mangrove seedlings
  • Participated in regular large scale beach clean ups. 

As we go into 2021, the majority of our students continue to face school closures. Missing a year of schooling can have a range of detrimental effects on students' learning outcomes and psychosocial development. Therefore, in Q1 of this year, we will be delivering targeted activities to small groups of students (following Covid-19 safety protocols), including reading aloud sessions, movie nights, walks, music and dance sessions and outdoor learning. 

At the same time, our learning facilitators will be improving their English language skills via online tutorials, our local teacher training course will be upgraded for distance learning, and our Learning for Sustainability curriculum will be under development. 

We will keep our supporters up to date throughout the year via our regular newsletter - if you haven't already, please sign up via www.theislandfoundation.com

From all of us at The Island Foundation, thank you for your generous support!

Beach clean up
Beach clean up
Mangrove planting
Mangrove planting
Parents survey
Parents survey
Students receiving learning materials
Students receiving learning materials

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Students in Bintan, Riau Islands, have been hit hard by the Covid-19 global crisis - school teachers are struggling to stay engaged with their students, and students are struggling to learn online because of barriers to accessing smart phones, IT and the internet.

With your support, The Island Foundation has been able to react to our students' needs and are delivering hard copy home learning packs to our 250 students each week.

The packs prioritise the development of key life skills and support English language learning through experiential and practical activities that are fun and can be done from home using easy to find materials.

Without a home learning intervention, students face low learning and psycho-social development outcomes as school closures drag on throughout the year, with the potential for many students to drop out of the education system altogether to help support their families.

The Island Foundation's home learning program and ongoing parent and community engagement is mitigating the risks posed to children because we believe that every child deserves access to a quality education, no matter the circumstances.

Thank you from all of us for your generous donation that makes our work possible. 

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The Island Foundation

Location: Singapore - Singapore
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Courtney Saville
Singapore, Singapore
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