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Titian newest CLC (CLC Kaliurang) is now open for public. Located at Kilometer 24 of Jalan Kaliurang, just a couple of minutes’ drives from the portal marking the entrance to tourist sector of Kaliurang.
Mrs. Lily gave the opening remarks at the soft opening day on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 ; how Titian started and stresses the sole purpose of CLC Kaliurang which is for education. She shares the challenges Titian is facing still with education even after a decade since Titian begin to involve in education programme through Scholarship. Ibu Lily is apologetic if the centre is not fully equipped yet, but will fill it with facilities or equipment that are considered useful and beneficial for the whole community. A few of local respected leaders also gave their remarks and their feedback are valuable so we know how Titian is perceived and what programmes that can be useful for the community.
Already requested is English course for elementary school grades by SDN Banteng. The Elementary School is enthusiastic with Titian presence in the neighborhood and already set plan to do their literacy week at CLC Kaliurang. Other input is to improve capacity of their youth as unemployment rate is a concern on that area despite of Kaliurang is a touristy area with just six kilometers away from Mount Merapi.
CLC Kaliurang is equipped with Library and also Computer Lab. There is also a big room for training purposes that can accommodate 40 persons with classroom setting.
“This is my first time I have had my own exhibition. My parents don’t have a clue what I have been doing all this time. But they are curious why my studying period is so long”, Sidik grinned as he introduced his first solo exhibition on August 24th, 2018 at Kitasuka Café, Yogyakarta.
Sidik has been actively participating in numerous ceramic exhibitions and for his first solo exhibition he chose “Reborn, Again and Again” as his theme, a theme that inspires him to keep on innovating and creating.
He retains an idealistic view about his art. He has always been passionate about finding ways to elevate the profile of the earthenware village of Pagerjurang, Klaten, in his every creation. Some of his products shown in the exhibition, like the mugs, are made using putaran miring, a sideway pottery spin method that is unique to the village. When combined with a modern glazing technique Sidik achieves a contemporary look quite different to the earthy-toned earthenware products usually made in Pagerjurang.
Titian CEO and Founder, Ibu Lily Kasoem was pleased to give the opening remarks. Also present at this event were Titian COO, Pak Riyanto Priadi and Sidik’s family.
Sidik Purnomo is a Titian Scholarship alumni from Generation 2. After finishing his studies at the vocational school SMKN 1 ROTA Bayat, Sidik received a one-year internship in Shigaraki, Japan. Once back in Indonesia, he then continued his education with an Arts major at the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta where he is currently in his ninth semester.
Sidik was recently named one of the winners of UNESCO’s Youth Creative Competition 2018, another impressive accomplishment to be added to his resume.
ROTA (Reach Out To Asia), a non-profit organization for education, regularly organizes volunteer assignments in developing countries in Asia, including Indonesia. This time ROTA sent 20 volunteers from Qatar University to do volunteer work in Bayat, Klaten, Central Java. Muhammadiyah Primary School (SD MPK) was chosen as the place for their activities. Titian Foundation (Titian) staff assisted ROTA in preparation, arranging activities, and coordinating between ROTA and SD MPK.
These volunteer activities were conducted on April 7th – 12th, 2018. Volunteers were divided into four groups and presented workshops on Arabic language, computers, environmental issues and some sports activities. Aside from classroom activities, the volunteers also did some renovation work. Volunteers repainted, organize books, and decorated the school’s library so that students can comfortably read in the library. In addition, the volunteers also helped renovate the school’s kitchen and donated sports equipment.
In between their jam-packed schedules, volunteers allocated some time to take wooden batik workshops and play with children at Titian’s CLC. On the last day, the volunteers held a community activity with the Women Farmers’ Group of Jarum Village. Not only did they make compost from organic materials, the volunteers also planted various kinds of vegetables, such as chili, mustard and tomatoes. (SSD)