Children born into families, who for generations were resigned to a life of poverty, have little hope of breaking the cycle of poverty unless they have access to education. YUM has developed a wide-range of educational solutions including vocational training centers, community libraries, scholarships and sponsorships.
Cipanas, West Java
More than two thousand young people have graduated from courses at the Vocational Training Center (VTC) since 2009. Located in the Cipanas YUM Village in West Java, the center provides a wide variety of courses including Computer, English, Sewing and Hospitality classes as well as Job Seeking Skills workshops. Participants include Elementary through Senior high school students and unemployed youth. Besides regular classes, there are now two new workshops on Women’s Empowerment and Computer Skills training for Teachers.
After I graduated from school, I tried to apply for work but was never successful. I then decided to follow the Computer Class at the VTC and after I got my certificate, I then was able to get a job at the Palace Hotel in Cipanas.
Amar, former student at VTC Cipanas
This project is currently funded by:
Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan
As part of YUM’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) YUM has begun developing a Vocational Training Center in Central Kalimantan where there are limited options for young people to continue their education. Youth unemployment rates are five times higher than those of adults, making skill development an area of vital importance.
In 2013, thanks to funding from Barclays, our teams went to local villages to explain about the educational opportunities. This resulted in up to 100 participants a month signing up by the end of 2014 for our computer and English classes, as well as food processing, sewing and hairdressing training.
However much more is needed. Currently, the training take place in several locations and only allow for a limited number of participants. A fully operational center would allow for a wider range of classes and benefit some 3,000 young people and women within five years.
YUM provides school sponsorships for children between the ages of 6 and 20 in Jakarta, in West Java and in Central Kalimantan. A school sponsorship provides families with financial support to cover the cost of a child’s schoolbooks, equipment, uniform and fees at a local school. It also includes bi-annual medical check-up and parenting meetings.
Families of sponsored children are regularly visited by a YUM social worker and are required to demonstrate a commitment to education through their children’s regular school attendance and satisfactory results.
"I have been sponsored to go to school for two whole years now! And it has been a great help for me and my family because, where I go to school, we are still asked to pay monthly school fees. School is not free for me and so I am happy that the person sponsoring me is really generous and cares for me! Thank you very much! Without your help, I don't know what's going to happen to me. I like going to school..."
Muhammad Masir, elementary school student, Cipanas, West Java
For information on sponsoring a child, please click here.
The Family-Based Services are the continuation of a government funded program. This program not only sponsors children to stay in school, but also gives nutritional supplements to the families, vocational skills and tutorial sessions for the children as well as recreational activities.
"I want to make something of myself and become really successful so that one day, I too am able to provide help for children like me to go to school. The sponsorship money provided has lifted a huge burden off my mother's shoulders!! It has helped out my family so much as I have two other brothers who are also in school."
Zachfiah Subaya, high school student, Cipanas, West Java
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Community Library & Preschool
The prohibitive cost of books, under-resourced school libraries and lack of public libraries means access to books in Indonesia is severely limited. YUM is passionate about making reading part of everyday lives in Indonesia, particularly for children. The Libraries Project aims to provide children and adults alike, with access to books and the opportunity to improve their literacy and broader learning.
YUM operates libraries in West Java and Central Kalimantan which people of all ages are encouraged to attend to acquaint themselves with the joys and benefits of reading. Children can also participate in a range of activities that take place at the libraries, all of which are designed to make learning fun and enjoyable.
Major Donors: Primus Child Foundation, Linklaters Singapore and GlobalGiving as the major donors for these libraries.
According to the World Bank, Indonesia is trailing behind its neighbors in Early Childhood Education with a gross enrollment rate of 21% only. Thanks to the Primus Child Foundation, YUM has opened a Pre-school and Toys Library, with approximately 40 to 50 children under the age of 6 attending classes 5 days per week.
YUM library staff in Cipanas found that many primary and secondary children from poor families had fallen behind in their studies. Changes by the government to the national curriculum also put extra pressure on teachers and many children were struggling to keep up. To fill the gap YUM launched a tutoring and remedial education project. Six tutors and three assistants helped the children with a variety of subjects including reading, comprehension and mathematics.
The project began in 2013 and since then more than 100 children have received remedial support.