Effective study time at home

By Ruth Ninajanty. Originally published in The Jakarta Post's Education Tabloid, October 2017. After spending most of her day at school, fifth grader Yosefin is definitely tired when she arrives home. She leaves home at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. This year, her mother Hidiawati decided against enrolling her in any extracurricular activities so she can return home earlier and have more time to study. “I always try to be flexible when it comes to study time at home. I leave it up to … [Read more...]

Boosting multi-language proficiency for educators

Words: Gandi Faisal Originally published in The Jakarta Post Language proficiency is seen as what makes or breaks Indonesian lecturers in the global education and research industry. Even though Indonesia has made achievements in terms of English writing skills in Southeast Asia, the country still faces problems when it comes to producing scientific papers of international standard. So far, 5,421 scientific papers from Indonesia have been published in international journals in … [Read more...]

How to raise a bilingual child

Words: Ruth Ninajanty Originally published in The Jakarta Post on March 31, 2016 I am asked a lot about how my son became bilingual. He is 10 years old and currently speaks English and Indonesian. At school he also learns Mandarin. I’ve heard so much about the benefits of raising a bilingual child, from better problem-solving abilities due to their active cognitive process as they switch languages, to a brighter future as they are able to communicate globally. But for me, the r … [Read more...]

Neeltje Sutandjati: Managing teachers for a better future

By Ruth Ninajanty. Published in The Jakarta Post. Childhood educator Neeltje Sutandjati puts emphasis on teacher development to improve her schools. Early childhood education is more than just teaching young children about words and numbers but also introducing them to every aspect of life. When School Director Neeltje Sutandjati started iSmile in 2007, she wanted the school to make a difference for society and the nation. '€œSetting up a school should be founded foremost on a passion … [Read more...]

Saving for your child’s education

The cost of education continues to increase, but schooling is still the best option in terms of securing a bright future for any child. With competition getting stiffer in the job market, university degrees will become the must-have tool to achieve career success. But going to a university is not cheap, not to mention the incremental cost of tuition fees that can reach 100 percent within three to four years. The average inflation rate in education costs is estimated at around 15 percent … [Read more...]

How Smart is Your Baby?

BOOK REVIEW Develop and Nurture Your Newborn’s Full Potential By Glenn Doman and Janet Doman The book takes parents to gradually progress toward achieving their babies’ full potential. The authors provide the necessary information that guides parents on how to develop the newborn with physical, verbal and cognitive stimulation from first days after birth. Every chapter comprises step-by-step guidance on creating a home environment potential to enhance your baby’s brain development. Th … [Read more...]

The Perfect Match

Every parent wants the best for their children. The problem for working parents nowadays is finding the most suitable day care, not only for the children but also for the parents’ needs. When you are set to trust a couple hours in your child’s day to a third party, you are entitled to be extra careful. Research shows that early childhood experiences, especially during the first five years, will affect the brain’s organizational development and functioning, including social and emotional skill … [Read more...]

Saving for a child’s education: Parents should plan ahead

Joy, happiness and a sense of accomplishment usually greet parents the first time they hold their newborn. This is the dawn where the parents' dreams and expectations start for their child's future. Moments of pondering if their child can master foreign languages, science and computer skills. Or develop musical and art talents as well as actively engage in sports. Such dreams can be achieved through education. However, schooling is high cost nowadays, and sending a child to a good school … [Read more...]

Building better quality higher education

With changes occurring in Indonesian society through the country’s improved economy, there has also been a paradigm shift in how Indonesian people perceive the importance of higher education. Particularly in major cities like Jakarta, a high school diploma is no longer an adequate tool with which to engage in a highly competitive job market. With Indonesia’s economy conducive to more businesses in need of people with higher education, correspondingly, there has been an increasing demand for un … [Read more...]

Starting young in teaching environmental awareness

In line with heightened concern about global warming, the formal education sector, particularly among national plus and international schools, offers classes on environmental awareness as part of the curriculum. Education experts believe that it’s a case of the earlier, the better to instill this environmental concern in students. “The goal is clear. We want to raise awareness among students from an early age about the benefits of green living,” said Jenti Martono, the principal and acade … [Read more...]