IHF are delighted to announce that our mission to build “A Nation of Good Character” is making new breakthroughs in ways to inspire our upcoming citizens with good character. We promote consistency between the mind, heart, and actions; “habits of the mind”, “habits of the heart”, and “habits of the hands”. We use a process of continual assessment, a positive approach to character development, and ‘The 9 Pillars of Character Education’. We have developed innovative educational strategies and teach positive parenting skills to prepare our next generation to be citizens of integrity who are also positive learners using creative thinking and higher order thinking skills.
Our founding school is based in Cimanggis on the outskirts of Jakarta. It is here that our professional teachers have developed the teaching models and curriculum, including our Character Based Holistic Education approach. Initially our kindergarten, Elementary and High School were together in one location, but expansion means we now have a separate High School location. Most classes have a main teacher alongside an assistant teacher to promote greater professional sharing and learning. This also gives us flexibility as we provide programmes to outside agencies. We have onsite facilities to accommodate and train teachers from across Indonesia.
History of IHF
Indonesia Heritage Foundation (IHF) or Yayasan Warisan Nilai Luhur Indonesia, is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Ratna Megawangi and Dr. Sofyan Djalil in June 2000. It was legally formalized by the public notary in September 2001 No. 578/ANP/2001. An update in the law meant that it was further legalized by the Department of Justice and Human Rights No. 12 in August, 31, 2007.
IHF was established in response to the question, “Why, when the majority of Indonesian people already know about the moral and religious teachings (Pancasila and Religious teachings) is good moral behavior not more fully reflected in the everyday behavior of the community? The rise in student brawls, conflict between groups (ethnic, religious, and ideological), high levels of corruption, environmental damage, and other social problems, are examples of a discontinuity between what is known (moral knowing) and what we do (moral action). As well as failing to build good character, Indonesian education has not succeeded in inspiring creative thinkers who use higher order thinking skills. We recognize that a creative economy for the 21st century requires a creative workforce.
SBB program has been observed and reviewed by Prof. Jerry Aldridge from the USA for 4 months (in 2010) with the conclusion:
“SBB program is one of the best Early Childhood Education Programs in the world”.
Carolyn Wignall, B.Ed. (hons) MCollT PDipSpLD has had extensive experience teaching in England, Thailand and Singapore and is now an Educational consultant working for David Wignall Associates. She is familiar with the PYP intentional Baccalaureate Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum as well as some International curriculums. As part of her CSR she has been consulting for IHF on a regular basis since 2013. She is excited to be part of IHF innovative work and concludes:
“Today we know that emotional intelligence has an enormous impact on successful learning. Good attitudes underpin learning knowledge, practicing skills and developing understandings. IHF have developed an excellent character building approach and curriculum which can unlock children’s full potential”
The effectiveness of this model in building good character and positive attitudes to learning has also been supported by several studies (read more…).
Corporate Social Responsibility Request
Based on the IHF’s experience, the main challenge that needs to be addressed is the quality of teachers. In any sophisticated curriculum, if teachers are not able to apply the correct learning methods, the quality of education will be inadequate. We are always happy to receive donations to fund our teacher training programmes, and also invite any interested parties to share their knowledge and experience as a part of their positive contribution to the world of education at IHF, Indonesia.