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

The Island Foundation has had an exciting few months and we are excited to share some updates with you!

Learning Centres

At our 10 Learning Centres, students received lessons based on the Leading Healthy Lives element of our Learning for Sustainability program, with a special focus on food and nutrition. Through interactive learning methods, students were able to continue developing their conceptual knowledge, English language skills and the 4Cs (confidence, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking).

YPKI Anniversary

Our implementing partner in Indonesia, Yayasan Peduli Kepulauan Indonesia (YPKI), celebrated its first anniversary in May with key stakeholders from government, schools and local civil society organisations. TIF Chair, Ed Jenne, and TIF Executive Director, Courtney Saville, attended the event - this marked their first visit to Bintan in over two years and was a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with the team, YPKI Board and program stakeholders.

Community Engagement

Football competition

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months, TIF arranged a number of events, including a football competition involving six of our 10 Learning Centre locations. Students in Grades 5 and 6 competed in a round robin event on a shortened pitch, followed by a knock out competition between six youth soccer teams.

The football competition was held during the delivery of our 'Leading Healthy Lives' learning units - through promoting active lifestyles and supporting local sports events, we hope to encourage students and communities to be mindful of their health and wellbeing.

Mangrove planting

We held a mangrove planting event with 115 students from our 10 Learning Centres. The event was organised and delivered in collaboration with Bang Iwan from the Pengudang Mangrove Project, and students, parents, the YPKI Board and local organisations, including Yayasan Ecology.

Students learnt about the importance of mangroves, and were each provided with two mangroves for planting. 20 students were then selected to learn in-depth about the mangrove seeding process, and spent time at the mangrove nursery where mangrove seeds are harvested and cultivated.

Thank You!

Our work would not be possible without your support. Thank you, from all of us at The Island Foundation!

 

Sincerely

Courtney Saville

 

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TIF students outdoor learning

Happy 2022 everyone!

Thank you to all of our supporters for their generosity over the past year - to our new donors, we are so happy to have you on board! And to those who have been with us for some time, we would not be here without you! I hope you will find this report insightful - if you have any questions or would like any further information, please reach out as we'd love to hear from you. 

Our 2020-21 Annual Report has been published on The Island Foundation website (https://www.theislandfoundation.com/publications) - all of the impact and progress we have made is due to your support and commitment, so please take a moment to read through our achievements and plans for the near future. 

This month we are returning to classes at our Learning Centres after almost two years of disruptions. In exciting news, we have two new Learning Centres opening this month, bringing the total to 10. The two new Learning Centres were initiated by local stakeholders due to positive feedback from our existing partner communities - as a result, we are starting strong with over 60 enrolled students across both locations. 

We have also recruited four new employees in Bintan Regency who bring a range of skills to our organisation - their experiences and contributions leave us well placed for an exciting year of proving and strengthening the model, and setting the groundwork for future program expansion. 

And, most notably, we have been the successful recipient of multi-year funding from Manan Trust and Vitol Foundation, providing us with the stability and security to do our work. This is a momentous opportunity for The Island Foundation and our partners to serve our students, their families and communities to improve learning experiences and outcomes. Together we are transforming learning ecosystems in remote small island and coastal communities! 

Along with our Learning Centres, this year we will be offering Local Teacher Training sessions to public school teachers to improve teaching quality in schools, and engaging communities in learning and sustainable development initiatives including coastal rehabilitation and cultural events. 

I hope you are as excited as I am about the activities we will be implementing this year - it is all possible because of your generous support. 

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

Best wishes

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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

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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