As we move into a new year, we want to use this edition of Titian World to reflect on the achievements and milestones of 2012 and look forward to 2013
Titian’s scholarship programme continues to bring out the best in our students. In 2012 we worked on the sixth Intake for our scholarship programme. With the current batch of 80 students this means we have reached the 400 mark of young people who have been supported by Titian. We also had the very welcome news that 29 of our Batch 2 students had made it to university – that’s 32%, up from 25% the previous year and way above Indonesia’s national average.
In April 2012 Rumah Cikini officially opened its doors. Located in Cikini in the heart of Jakarta. Rumah Cikini houses a gift shop and gallery, cafe and meeting room. Batik and ceramics designed and produced by Titian Foundation students and villagers in Bayat, Central Java, are complemented by products from other NGOs such as Torajamelo and House of Lawe focused on preserving the arts and crafts of Indonesia and encouraging community enterprises.
A soft opening in March celebrated International Women’s Day in conjunction with Soroptimists International, Jakarta. The Soroptimists are concerned with the empowerment of woman, a major issue in Titian’s work increasing the economic success of Indonesia’s poorer rural Communities.
September saw the gathering of Titian Board members, staff, students, local officials and members of the local community on a sunny afternoon for the ground breaking for Titian Foundation’s new purpose-built office and Paseban Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Bayat.
Titian’s five existing CLCs continued their work of providing learning facilities for informal life skills education for their communities. Activities range from competitions, English courses and focus group discussion on a range of community development issues.
Titian Foundation published “Menjadi Guru Inspiratif” a book based on the successfull Teachers’ Quality Improvement Programme. The Programme itself was run again in 2012 for a third year. It has so far trained 600 teachers from Yogyakarta and Klaten.