Tanoto Schools Improvement Program
In Indonesia, the Tanoto Foundation Education schools improvement program (Pelita Pendidikan) consists of a few initiatives. First, there is teachers empowerment programmes whereby teachers attend workshops and trainings to certify their teaching quality. Besides ensuring that the teachers possess the right skills, the programme also helps teachers’ well-being, such as teaching them how to cope and manage the students better. Tanoto teachers empowerment programme has produced many teachers as of today, giving their best to contribute to the next generation of the nation.
Besides teachers empowerment, Tanoto Education Programme also involve improving physical and intellectual environments of over 200 schools, in rural areas, across 3 provinces (North Sumatera, Riau and Jambi). This is not only happening in Indonesia but also in other countries such as China and Singapore. In China, assistance in the form of financial and resources aid is provided to schools in impoverished areas. Besides this, knowing that different community faces different problems, teachers under the programme are encouraged to localize the curriculum to suit community needs. Tanoto Education Programme also provides books to schools, as well as help upgrade school facilities, including funding the construction of buildings, libraries and laboratories in Putian and Suzhou, China.
Tanoto Scholarship and University Partnership Program
Sukanto Tanoto, founder of Tanoto Foundation did not have the opportunity to have university education when he was young, as such, he wants to help the local community students by providing scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying full-time at public and private universities in Indonesia, Singapore, China and the USA.
The university partners, among others are:
- University of Riau
- University of North Sumatera
- University of Jambi
- University of Indonesia
- Gadjah Mada University
- Bogor Institute of Agriculture
- Bandung Institute of Technology
- Nan Jing University
- Tsing Hua University
- Fu Dan University
- Nan Jing Forestry University
- South China University of Technology
- Bei Jing Forestry University
- Southeast University
- Wuhan Electric Power Technical College
- Su Zhou University
- PuTian University
- Nanyang Technological University
- National University of Singapore
- Singapore Management University
- Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
- INSEAD Singapore
- Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Carnegie Mellon University
Besides partnering with Schools and Universities, Tanoto Foundation has also built more than 20 schools in Sumatera Utara, Riau and Jambi provinces of Indonesia. These are schools under RGE and many of the company’s employees have sent their children to these schools. The quality of these RGE schools is not anywhere less than the schools in big cities. RGE implemented best practices approach to education to execute them in these schools.