Thursday, 21 May 2015

Tanoto Foundation Supports the Improvement of Quality for Early Childhood Education

Thursday, 21 May 2015 – According to the research undertaken by Benjamin S. Bloom, an education expert from University of Chicago, the growth of brain cells for children aged 0-4 years reach 50% , and until they are 8 years old it will reach 80%. This indicates the significance of the availability for a proper early childhood education.

As part of the effort to tackle poverty through Education, Empowerment, and Enhancement of Quality of Lives, Tanoto Foundation supports the improvement of quality for Early Childhood Education (PAUD) in the Jakarta region. One of the schools that obtain the support is PAUD Al-Uda, sub-district South Gandaria, South Jakarta.

The support to improve the quality of education at PAUD Al-Huda includes support for classroom furnitures, teaching instruments, child-friendly educative toys, children books collections, and the renovation for the children’s reading hub. Tanoto Foundation also provides support to enhance the teachers’ capacities by providing teachers training, and Education Competency Certificate Program for early childhood education.

 “Tanoto Foundation’s support for PAUD in Jakarta is in line the vision of the founders, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto and Mrs. Tinah Bingei Tanoto, to take part in the effort to tackle poverty through Education, Empowerment, and Enhancement of Quality of Lives. We aim to realize this vision by coordinating partnership with government bodies and the public bodies, to achieve a valuable impact and to guarantee the continuity of the program,” Sihol Aritonang, Chairman of Tanoto Foundation, explained.

PAUD Al-Huda is located in the area of Child-Friendly Integrated Public Space (RPTRA) in Jalan Baharin, Cilandak, South Jakarta, which has been officially opened by the Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama. The facilities within the RPTRA include several rooms that can be of use for residents in the area, youth groups and PAUD, a mini football field, playground, and a fish pond.

PAUD Al-Huda is one of the five schools that are supported by Tanoto Foundation. The five PAUD are all located within the surrounding of other RPTRA in other areas, which are now being developed by the Provincial Government of Jakarta. By leading the PAUD in all of those other RPTRA, Tanoto Foundation also encourages schools to become pioneers in the development of RPTRA, with PKK groups (Fostering Family Welfare) and other public bodies.

The support to improve the quality of PAUD is part of Tanoto Foundation’s effort to enhance the value of education in Indonesia. Up to this day, Tanoto Foundation has partnered with more than 320 schools in North Sumatera, Riau, and Jambi. Tanoto Foundation also supports PAUD Bougenville in Rorotan, Cilincing, as well as PAUD Kenanga 17 in Rusunawa, Pluit Reservoir, North Jakarta.



For further information, please contact the following.

Lestari Boediono, Head of Corporate Communications

Phone: +62 21 392 3189, Fax: +62 21 392 3324



About Tanoto Foundation

Tanoto Foundation, which was established by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto, has a vision to become a center of excellence in the effort for Poverty Alleviation through Education, Empowerment, and Enhancement of Quality of Lives. In the realm of education, Tanoto Foundation supports the improvement of accessibility and quality of education in Indonesia.

In order to improve the accessibility of education, Tanoto Foundation has rewarded scholarships to more than 5,400 students and university students, as well as working in partnership with 28 Universities in Indonesia. Moreover, to improve the quality of education, Tanoto Foundation works in partnership with over 320 schools in North Sumatera, Riau, and Jambi. Among the programs operated are to develop the capacities of teachers in classroom-based teaching and learning, training for students to improve their habit to live clean and healthy, as well as supporting students to improve their fascination in reading books.

In the realm of Community Empowerment, Tanoto Foundation works with corporate partners, PT. Riau Andalan Pul and Paper. One of their programs is to train 3,400 farmers in the Integrated Farming System. Tanoto Foundation also works with other corporate partners, including Asian Agri. The programs were developed to raise the income of more than 3,600 independent farmers who manage in approximate 11,000 hectares of sustainable palm oil plantations.

In the realm of Enhancement of Quality of Lives, Tanoto Foundation works with corporate partners to run programs such as health and development of clean water and sanitation facilities.

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