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Here we provide a few words from some of our scholarship students and teachers who have attended the TQI programme. They express the genuine enthusiasm that all those who come into contact with Titian exhibit and illustrate that providing a helping hand can be a rewarding experience for all.
Five years ago I believed that after my completing grade 9, I would go to a vocational school and then go to find work in a factory. However, thanks to Titian, today I’m studying at University of Diponegoro, one of Indonesia’s top universities.
Titian helped me financially with my studies, but more importantly it helped me to become more positive in my outlook, determined to work hard to fulfil my dreams. Now my ambition of becoming a professional Accountant who will someday work in the big four Public Accountant firms seems within reach.
Titian has influenced many children like me living in the small villages around Bayat, central Java. Thanks to Titian we all have courage to speak of our dreams and to create a better future.
I know now that my only limits are those set by me. Everything is possible if I keep trying and make the most of the opportunities presented to me.
After Vocational School (SMK) my parents expected me to work straight away. So, I never really thought of going to go to higher education.
Titian helped me to attend Vocational School and thanks to their support and mentoring activities, I was inspired to work hard and was rewarded with a scholarship to go to the Trisakti School of Management in Jakarta where I’m studying accounting (my favourite subject). The university has a close relationship with the big four accounting firms.
All Titian students are encouraged to dream big dreams and work hard to make them come true. Titian taught me greater self confidence, allowing me to communicate with others and to work better either alone or within a team. It also taught me to be sensitive about what is happening around me, my community and my country.
My main dream at the moment is to become a professional accountant specialising in auditing. I would also like to help Titian to spread out its education activities in different areas so that higher education can be enjoyed by many more children from poor families. I want them to feel the way I feel now!
The TQI Training carried out by Titian Foundation is very distinct when compared to other trainings in which I have been participated. I have been teaching for 21 years and have followed many training programmes. However, this time I was really impressed and gained many insight and great enlightenment.
TQI Training has opened new horizon in learning. It contains lots of knowledge that I have not obtained from any of the previous training. If given another chance, I would like to follow this training again. Move forward Titian!
I don’t know what to say, really, this is astonishing training. I become more patient and more relaxed after following the TQI Training by Titian Foundation. From the pedagogy materials I also gained many new knowledge. We were introduced to many fun learning and teaching methods that I can apply in school.
We also practiced how to implement these new methods. If I may suggest, please give this opportunity to all the teachers in Yogyakarta and throughout Indonesia, so that our teachers become better. TQI’s contribution is, quite simply, enormous. A big salute for Titian.
I think the Indoartamics program is very good because I can get new experiences and ideas about street arts and meet the artists. I hope in the future we can make this as a regular activity and that it is certified so I can use it for my future.
I like how this programme allows creative ideas beyond limits. I really hope this programme will be a start of something big. This programme respects uniqueness and different kinds of art. It also encouraged good cooperation between the students and the women in Pager Jurang, leading the way to doing the same with other artists.
I got a lot of benefits from the TQI training, aside from improving my knowledge on pedagogy, social and other cognitive knowledge, it also enabled me to adapt my teaching techniques based on the needs of the children, so they can enjoy learning and get satisfactory academic results.
I hope there will be more of this training to come so that more teachers can participate and get the benefits.
I was one whom previously was afraid of not being able to continue to high school. But after getting the Titian scholarship, that fear disappeared and turned into enthusiasm and hope.
Its most significant contribution was that Titian made me recognize who I really am, what my strengths, potential, and passions are. I hope I can be a role model to the younger scholarship generations. My father had prepared me to follow in his footsteps, as ice cream peddler in Solo after finishing junior high school. However, I would tell my juniors that the way to seize a brighter future is through education.
I am now a business law graduate from Trisakti University.
Titian helped me to change my mindset that planning a future starts with doing simple things around us. We learned how to be disciplined and manage our time for school, organisation, studying, and playing.
Since the day I joined Titian until now, I have experienced a lot and received so much help. Through monthly gatherings, I learned and knew more about myself so I can assess my strengths and my weaknesses. Before, I was too shy to speak in front of people, but I became braver and more confident after I joined Titian.
Titian plays a great role in networking for an internship or a job. Talking from my own experience, I’m now working in the operational department of a sharia bank headquarters. I’m very grateful for Titian’s help to reach our dreams for a better future.
The word ‘Titian’ means a bridge and it has truly become the bridge to my dreams, from my junior high school to finally graduating from university.
Titian not only gave a scholarship so that I can extend my education academically, but also character building. I learned about courtesies, ethics, and manners.
And another great thing about Titian is making a teenager like me dare to dream big. Titian opened my eyes, I learned that ‘nothing is impossible’, if we work hard, and believe with utmost determination. I also became more courageous in expressing opinions and speaking in public, easily adaptable to new environments and people.
Through the Titian Foundation network, I have now secured a job in one of the banks in Yogyakarta. Thank you, Titian Foundation, for being the bridge for me and other Bayat children’s dreams
Titian really gave me guidance and direction. Titian taught me to plan and set targets that I have to achieve, which were foreign to me before I joined Titian.
They encourage me to be enthusiastic and believe that economic limitations should not make us give up easily and succumb to the situation. I become more confident and could adapt well with people after I joined Titian.
The existence the alumni association is a helpful medium to maintain the ties and for sharing of information, including job vacancies. Through Titian’s network, I had a chance to do an internship at Heyokha Research Indonesia, where I realized that maintaining a network and communication are very important for our future career development.
Not only did Titian give me a scholarship, but also helped and trained me to be a better person—a well-planned, disciplined and responsible person.
Every time I hear the name ‘Titian Foundation’, I always remember a proverb saying, ‘instead of giving a man a fish, teach him how to fish’. I feel that I got both from Titian. Not only did Titian give me a scholarship, but also helped and trained me to be a better person—a well-planned, disciplined, and responsible person. All of these traits I learned through mandatory activities conducted in Titian such as mentoring, monthly report writing, organizing gatherings and periodical evaluations to name a few.
It indeed helped me a lot when I was doing my final project in college and I’m able to complete it exactly as I set in my timeline.
Titian has an amazing network with great people out there. I was one of them who felt the positive impact of Titian’s network. Currently, I am a staff at Titian in Bayat. I hope many other Klaten children can experience the good effects of Titian programmes like myself
The biggest change in me is my mindset and the way I think. Titian gave so much positive energy, that I’ve become an optimistic person in doing something.
Lot of activities in Titian forced me to deal with new things or new people, hence I became more knowledgeable as a result. The presence of guests and donors who are from different professions gave me a new perspective about job possibilities that I could take. In addition, Titian gave us soft skill education, so I would instill in me a better values and a stronger mental foundation.
After becoming an alumni, Titian still keeps an eye on us and remains open to help. I did a stint as an intern at Titian’s Jakarta office and now I’m a permanent member of staff in one of the top asset management firms in Jakarta.