Tutor Time: Nurturing the best

As parents want the best education their money can buy for their children, today’s demand for early education has been on the rise. As a result, a variety of preschools and kindergartens offering a range of curricula and approaches have brought to the table, leaving many parents frustrated to choose which learning method fits best to their children. This all due to the fact that parents, in general, want their children to reach their potential in learning. However, they should realize that c … [Read more...]

Computer, the ‘in’ thing at preschool

As the role of technology has become an integrated part in the realm of education, many preschools now use computer programs as educational tools to help children at an early age develop their various skills, from literacy to science. Amazing graphics with colorful pictures and other interesting features displayed on a computer screen indeed attract children's attention. And with a wide choice of interactive software programs specifically designed to cater to children's educational needs, … [Read more...]

Learning beyond school walls

Schooling should not be limited to the classroom or in-school activities. Students need to be given the opportunity to interact with surroundings outside their school. For that reason, many schools that adopt an international curriculum include field trips as a part of the school's learning program to stimulate thinking and creative skills in the students. Participating in such outings is indeed stimulating as students can enrich their experience beyond the confines of the school. Chen … [Read more...]

Reading culture vital to advance next generation

Although awareness of education's importance is growing throughout the archipelago, many still ignore the benefits of reading. Reading is not an automatic skill, but something that needs to be learned properly so the desired outcome can be achieved -- being able to read is much easier than developing a love for reading. Therefore, it is important that parents and teachers instill the habit in their respective children and students at home and at school. Implanting a love for reading is … [Read more...]

PSKD, a paragon of national education

With the melting pot of culture dominating today's era of globalization, PSKD Mandiri has been striving to create an Indonesian school model that enables students to learn how to both live and cope with complexity and diversity. "We inculcate our students with a high-value international education approach without having to overlook the national curriculum standard," says PSKD Mandiri executive director Tya Adhitama. Using both English and Bahasa Indonesia as the language of instruction, … [Read more...]

‘It’s a Total English Environment’

With globalization, the world is not only becoming more interconnected but the role of English as an international language has become increasingly important to adults.  This has led to the appearance of English learning centers not only in major cities but also in towns all over the country, each promoting its own methods for teaching the language. Regardless of the approach, the speed with which the language can be learned varies from one person to another. Most importantly, people learning … [Read more...]

Irma Gold Kunisch: Giving children a second chance

In the past few years, Irma Gold-Kunisch has committed herself to supporting early childhood programs in quake-stricken Giriloyo, Bantul, Yogyakarta, by helping children to learn to value themselves and to imagine new possibilities. A retired German medical doctor, Kunisch first set up a makeshift school for children affected by the May 2006 quake. "As I could not work in a hospital without the language knowledge, I decided to work with children since their language is … [Read more...]

Can special needs students benefit from int’l education?

Children with learning difficulties can attain schooling success if they are given opportunities, effective teaching approaches and appropriate programs. Despite the fact that some international curriculum schools offer programs for children with special needs, can these children -- whether they have dyslexia, autism, Down's syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -- actually benefit from an … [Read more...]

Moh. Shofan: Struggling to introduce pluralism to education

The role of pluralism is very significant in a democratic country. Religious tolerance is an essential element of pluralism and therefore it is important that everyone respect each other's beliefs. Correspondingly, when a Muslim says "Merry Christmas" to a Christian or a Christian "Happy Idul Fitri" to a Muslim, it is a paying of respect that symbolizes religious tolerance. To young intellectual Moh. Shofan, ironically, his religious tolerance has ruined his career, leading to a long … [Read more...]

Achieving success through an Australian education

Established in July 1996 in Pejaten of South Jakarta by a group of parents who were educators, the Australian International School (AIS) Indonesia has grown from an initial enrollment of only 11 students to over 500 students housed on three successful campuses -- in Kemang (South Jakarta), Pejaten and Bali. During an interview with The Jakarta Post contributor Aulia Rachmat, AIS Principal Penny Robertson explained how the school gained success in preparing its students for an Australian … [Read more...]