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.
Yessi ChandraChairman of Taman Baca Inovator foundation
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 AlfalahVice Chairman of Taman Baca Inovator foundation
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 MakkiSenior Program 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
Renita YulistianaStaff Program And Monitoring
Hi! My name is Renita Yulistiana. I have a Bachelor of Education from Universitas Indraprasta PGRI
where I majored in Indonesian Literature and Language Education. I graduated from the university in
2015. Since my childhood, I have been aspiring to become a teacher because I loved teaching and wanted to share my knowledge with others. I also like reading books and I am very interested in literacy. Before joining Taman Baca Inovator, I have worked for a Tax Consultant, a Book Publisher, a Tutoring Center, and a Bank. Even though my previous job was not related to education and literacy, I still had a passion for it and was involved in related activities. I initiated a reading community called Komunitas Gerakan Suka Baca (Reading Movement Community) where I organized learning activities and provided booths with free reading materials for kindergarten, elementary, and junior high school-age children in the Depok Terminal area. It is held routinely on Sundays. In addition, I also fill my weekend with private teaching activities for elementary school students, as well as volunteering activities in other communities such as Sekolah Bermain Matahari and Taman Teman Bermain.
I was very happy when Taman Baca Inovator Foundation gave me the opportunity to be a part of the
organization. Taman Baca Innovator helps me gain new knowledge on how to manage the Taman Baca libraries and increase the reading interest of Indonesian children. I am also very interested in the focus and dream of Taman Baca Innovator in advancing Indonesian education and literacy. Hopefully, with Taman Baca Inovator, I can continue to contribute to the progress of education by bringing proper reading access to children throughout Indonesia.
Work is not merely for the sake of working. It is also about how it can have a big positive impact on others. Here, at Taman Baca Inovator Foundation, I see great people with all kinds of skills and characters. We work from the heart, which some people may not be able to do it as it very rarely exists. I am Reza, my passion is in the IT field but working at Taman Baca Innovator reminds me of when I was still studying in college. At that time, I joined an organization in the field of journalism where I did the same thing as I do at Taman Baca Inovator today.
I am very happy to be a part of the Taman Baca Inovator. Here, I have had a lot of experiences that I might never get anywhere else. I work while at the same time learn new things about literacy and its dissemination with various people when visiting the Taman Baca Inovator's libraries. I hope that Taman Baca Inovator's activities and effort can help shape many great people.
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.
Novitasari Saputri Graduated from the National Development University "Veteran" Yogyakarta majoring in Accounting and is also a graduate of Gadjah Mada University majoring in Accounting Profession.