Cargill collaborates with Putera Sampoerna Foundation to boost quality of education in Indonesia
Kicks off Education Quality Improvement Program in three state junior high schools in Pasuruan, East Java
|Pictured: Kick-off event for the Education Quality Improvement Program launched by PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo Tbk and Putera Sampoerna Foundation.|
Indonesia, November 11, 2013 – Cargill’s starches and sweeteners business, PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo Tbk (“Sorini”), and Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) today announced the official launch of the Education Quality Improvement Program. The Regent of Pasuruan, H. M. Irsyad Yusuf, SE, MMA is the guest of honor at the kick-off event at SMPN 2 at Gempol, Pasuran. The Education Quality Improvement Program is designed to help schools achieve Indonesia’s 8 National Standard of Education through a whole-school approach that will ensure the program’s sustainability and impact, and provide continuous improvement in the selected schools.
Three junior high schools, SMPN 1 Pandaan, SMPN 1 Gempol and SMPN 2 Gempol, located near Sorini’s facilities in Pasuruan, East Java, were selected for the program.
Cargill is contributing US$50,000 to PSF in the first year of the program and plans to contribute additional US$150,000 in the second year, after evaluating the progress made in the first year of the program. The fund is part of the US$330,000 two-year commitment by Sorini towards improving educational standards and facilities in Indonesia.
The Education Quality Improvement Program will foster the schools through various programs: (1) Enhancing Teacher’s Professionalism Program, aims to build awareness of the shifting paradigm in teaching and help teachers be more thoughtful about the design of the students’ learning environment; (2) Educational Leadership and School Management Program, will broaden educators’ perspectives on professionalism; (3) School Governance Program, is designed to explore the meaning of a 21st century school, emphasizing the exploration of new paradigms of school governance which includes leadership, school culture, professional development strategies for educators, school branding, and school marketing; (4) Empowering Extra-Curricular Activities Program, is designed to support Curriculum 2013 in empowering extra-curricular activity to develop stronger character in students; (5) Empowering Student Support Service Program, is designed to support Curriculum 2013 which provides students with career teachers to assist students in understanding their strengths and weaknesses, and in planning their future studies.
“We are excited to collaborate with Putra Sampoerna Foundation on the Education Quality Improvement Program to help boost the quality of education in schools, especially in the Pasuruan area where Sorini operates,” said Gerrit Hueting, President Director of PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo Tbk. “This education initiative is part of our mission of establishing a sustainable program to build a generation of quality teachers who will be future education leaders in the region, and to improve education standards for students in rural areas.”
“Improving Indonesia’s education quality is the responsibility of all elements of the society. The cooperation between Putera Sampoerna Foundation and Sorini, aims to create social transformation through quality education. The more parties who are involved and cooperate, the bigger the opportunities will be to create a better future for Indonesia. Together we can make a difference,” said Ari Kunwidodo, Fundraising Director Putera Sampoerna Foundation
“I highly appreciate and support the launch of the Education Quality Improvement Program by Sorini in collaboration with Putera Sampoerna Foundation, as the program will strongly support our mission of improving the quality of education in the Pasuruan Regency,” said H.M. Irsyad Yusuf, SE, MMA, Regent of Pasuruan. “Sorini has been one of the most socially responsible companies in Pasuruan and in Indonesia, with a variety of programs that focus on the community, people empowerment and improving the quality of education. We look forward to continued collaboration with the company in the future, and more sustainable development in this regency.”
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About Putera Sampoerna Foundation
Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) is the first Social Business Institution in Indonesia with the vision to create reliable Indonesian future leaders and entrepreneurs to face the global challenges and is expected to give positive contribution and changes in their respected communities. Putera Sampoerna Foundation believe that the vision can be achieved through quality education for Indonesian students, job creation through entrepreneurship development, public enlightenment through women empowerment, and humanitarian aid program. Putera Sampoerna Foundation is the first philanthropic organization to receive the ISO 9001:2008 certification, an international standard certificate of management quality systems. Putera Sampoerna Foundation has been trusted by more than 300 corporation, organization and association to carry out their corporate social responsibility program. For more information, visit: www.sampoernafoundation.org.