My passion is to make a strong positive impact to Indonesia. I think Indonesia is a great country but we have a lot of homework to better our nation. Education is key and there are too many people here have little access to quality education, let alone opportunities. We believe that books are the least that many Indonesians should have access to in order to improve their chance in life. Taman Baca Inovator is our first initiative and certainly will not be the last.
This vision can only be achieved with the strong support from my parents, most especially my mother. Her message since I was a little girl is to bring candle to the darkness. Hopefully TBI will allow us to do just that.
Throughout my career, I have had many opportunities to see first-hand how children in many poor places in Indonesian really live. On one opportunity, I brought books to children in Biak, Papua. The village was not easy to reach, but I felt much joy when I saw the children’s smile to see the books, played with me and embraced me though they saw me as a “white” lady. It was a priceless reward. I see that as my greatest accomplishment.
Experiences like this have not only touched me but changed my life. I really want underprivileged kids in my coutry to have access to better education so that they can have an OPPORTUNITY to have a better life. Now as mother, that desires has motivated me even stronger to make a real, continuous impact.
I joined Taman Baca Inovator because it has a strong vision to not only help children with quality reading books, but also educate children with knowledge and character buiding. Children can come to play and learn in a safe and positive environment.
Fajri AlfalahProgram and Monitoring Staff
One year of teaching and interacting with children living in the underprivileged situations makes me more convinced that my passion lies in the world of education. I am always happy to become an educator or become someone who contributes to education purposes. For me, the passion itself is the joy.
Asking the children to keep learning, playing and reading books in Taman Baca Inovator is the materialization of my passion. In the future, I would love to live my life with the passion I currently have.
For me, joining Taman Baca Inovator means joining with ideas to educate the nation. Joining with Taman Baca Inovator does not mean joining with a kind of job only, but also contributing to the education and being happy in doing the job.
Passion is the reason why I join Taman Baca Inovator. I still want to give real contributions for education, designing programs in Taman Baca Inovator to attract the children to be more diligent in reading is one of the forms of the job, happiness and my contribution to education.
For me, joining in Indonesia Mengajar and living one full year with the children and “foreign” communities is the most extraordinary accomplishment in my life since I was given the chance to directly feel the life in the middle of all limitedness and become a teacher for their children. Sharing stories, knowledge, and motivations to the children becomes an important part of my special kind of pride. This is also the thing which brings me to join with Taman Baca Inovator. I also want to gain more extraordinary accomplishments in Taman Baca Inovator.
“Education is Everywhere You Look, Listen and Feel” – Anonymous
Nurkholis MakkiProgram and Monitoring Staff
The art world, I enjoy every process in theater, because theater also means to learn about the meaning of life, learning how to study about someone’s character and perform that same character. I also like traveling, venturing into new places, either to the mountain or to the sea, while still within reach, I'll reach it.
When I heard about the vacancy at Taman Baca Inovator, I was very excited to apply. Because, honestly, I want to make my own taman baca or children library at home, and create positive activities for the children around my house. With me being there, I automatically want to learn more about the management of taman baca, besides, I also like to read and collect some books, and of course, I would be very happy if I could influence others to love reading.
My proudest accomplishment? Because I feel that I have not achieved anything yet. If required to answer, I would say, my greatest accomplishment until now is that I already managed to be a happy man, though happiness is something that is hard to achieve.
“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.”
― Steve Maraboli
Novitasari SaputriAccounting and Finance Staff
I like all kinds of work, especially in the economic field. That is why, after I graduated from high school, I then enriched my knowledge on a more specific economy, specifically Accounting Economy. Economic science, in my opinion, has a very comprehensive scope because from the Accounting Economy only, we can get various branches of job fields in it, such as Public Sector Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Auditing Accounting, and Tax Accounting.
I am intrigued by Taman Baca Inovator’s visions and missions, a social foundation working to improve the education in Indonesia through the opening of taman baca or children libraries across the archipelago. I realize that there is still lacking capabilities among the people in remote areas due to the fact that education; in which one of its factors is parents who are less capable of providing proper education to their children, let alone buying books for them.
In my opinion, my accomplishments this far at the age of 27, I feel uncomfortable writing this, but there is only a little thing that I have achieved, 50 % of them is still unattained. However, I will try my best so I can reach my goals.
SianghatiProgram dan Monitoring Anak Inovator
My name is Sianghati. My friends usually call me by Siang or Sisi. I was born in Pinrang, South Sulawesi and I have a Bachelor of Forestry from Hasanuddin University, Makassar.
As a scholarship recipient, I feel the obligation to return the favor and to share with other people.
This passion started when I became a teacher in rural Muara Enim in South Sumatra for a year, as part of the Indonesia Mengajar program. The experience truly humbled me and shaped me into a person that is much more sensitive to social and educational challenges in Indonesia. Then I continued my carrier as a staff in Taman Baca Inovator in the Anak Inovator program.
The vision to see more Indonesian children be able to reach their dreams encourages me to run the Anak Inovator program. Bridging the people who care with people who need care paves my way to fulfill this might.
Motivating less fortunate children takes me back to the old times. Fate has brought me to where I am now, a person who had the privilege to receive good education and to explore Indonesia further.
I want the children I met to also feel fortunate and to have the opportunity. They may think that good education is too far for their hands to reach, but it can all be done with effort and prayers.
My favorite quote is: “Working with your heart and doing your best are what matter most.” Because you get what you fight for and even if you don’t, it’s just because the right time hasn’t come.
Sortalia PurbaEksternal Relation
I am Sortalia Purba, a fan of yellow color who was born in North Sumatra on July 5th 1992 and obsessed with children ever since I became a Sunday school teacher at a church when I was in Junior High School.
For me, children are like a fishing net spread on the sea to capture abundant results on the next day, and a good net will catch a vast amount of fish. I have a great concern on the issues of education especially for women and children.
It started from a calling to join an activity with my colleagues concerning the issues of women around my campus, namely Sekolah Gender. It was then continued by my internship at Pusat Komunikasi dan Informasi Perempuan (Center for Communication and Information of Women) Kalyanamitra in Jakarta Timur. Finally, I made my mind up to struggle in the field of humanitarian activities of which one of its activities deals with the issues of women and children, gender, politics, and reproductive health.
Becoming a young teacher (Pengajar Muda) batch X and getting the chance to be a teacher for one year in Inpres Beengdarat Elementary School in Tabukan Selatan District, Kepulauan Sangihe Regency, North Sulawesi Province, was the other priceless experience which made me to get closer with children in a province in the other part of Indonesia.
Getting in touch with the education world is the next step which strengthen my will to join Taman Baca Inovator, because by joining Taman Baca innovator, I was invited to take part in the campaign of reading interest for children. Subsequently, I believe that the thing that we encourage at the moment is what the children will see in the future.