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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)
There are many ways to convey values to and instill values in our children. Performing a play can serve as an effective means to get the message across for teenagers. Gen 1 Titian Tangsel Scholarship got their acting debut as the opening act for the School Students Organization (OSIS) Solidarity Competition at the SMKN 4 Tangsel on Sunday, March 17th, 2018.
They had less than five months to prepare and what made things particularly challenging was that they could only convene during the weekends. Students got involved in the whole process from, from writing the script to casting. The script carried the theme ‘strengthening ones’ character through capacity building’. Once the script was ready, they decided among themselves who would take which roles in the play. They also invited their school friends to participate in the play as long as they were committed. They started rehearsing in the last week of January this year, with the last rehearsal just a week before the performance. This drama was chaperoned by the ladies of Soroptimist International of Jakarta (SIJ), Mrs. Tia and Ms. Nuri and a volunteer SIJ friend, Mr. Ari.
The story of the play is about how a school shouldn’t be a competition arena, just showing who’s the best or even taking pride in our achievements if they are accomplished in callous ways. It should be about integrity, a value that we should uphold throughout our study period in school. (KA)
Women all over the world including Indonesia picked-up the International Women’s Day (IWD) vibes, using their voices to speak out on a variety of issues, especially gender rights and equality.
To say that Titian scholarship recipients who are girls are aware of those struggles would be an understatement. Their circumstances epitomize these challenges and they strive to overcome them daily.
Three of our girl alumni spoke about their struggles as women from a remote village in front of Willis Towers Watson female employees. Most girls in their village are already happy with the little money they can earn after graduating high school. So, they have to make their voices heard if they want to pursue higher education. While most villagers are ignorant of well-educated girls, some indeed took the parents of these girls as role-models. Their families are then perceived more positively and will look up to our alumni parents as they are deemed successful in educating their children.
Our partner for the Scholarship Progamme in Tangsel, Soroptimist International of Jakarta (SIJ), also celebrated IWD with our scholarship recipients at CLC Tangsel. The scholarship recipients celebrated it by performing storytelling and speaking in English only on that day.