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    Good Morning My Future!


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    ** Good Morning My Future!

    *** Selamat Pagi Indonesia School: a realized dream that finally ignites others’ dreams

    ** Dreaming on Diversity

    When it was first established, no one dared to imagine that Selamat Pagi Indonesia School (literary translated: Good Morning Indonesia School) would develop into an Educational Land – a place where public, not only the students there, can learn while they are having fun and enjoying the nature. In 2007, this school was started by a group of people, led by Julianto Eka Putra (Ko Jul), as the manifestation of their social responsibility for some of the 12 million Indonesian teenagers who cannot continue their education1. Julianto is a Surabaya-based successful entrepreneur. He owns 19 companies based in 4 Indonesian major cities. Now the lessons given in this school don’t have to stop inside the classroom but extend to the students’ daily life and continue to the future.

    Julianto was inspired to open this Educational Land because he realized that after graduation, those students have to leave that place with no guarantee for the future. As a first batch student had it, “I don’t know where I should go after I graduate. I have no money to go to college. I cannot go back to my hometown either. There are no jobs there …” This triggered Julianto to develop the initial concept of this Educational Land: a place that provides job, and becomes a home, for the alumni. This concept then evolved and now this Educational Land also has become the place where the present students of Selamat Pagi Indonesia School can apply their knowledge of life skills and entrepreneurship – two lessons that are emphasized in this school’s unique curriculum. Since 2010, this Land has operated under the name “Kampoeng Kidz” and opens for public on weekends and national holidays. On these days, the students of Selamat Pagi Indonesia School welcome visitors and help them enjoy the atmosphere there.

    The students also learn how to handle differences amongst them. Since this school aims to serve the entire nation, the students were chosen to represent the 26 provinces of Indonesia - with their own backgrounds, habits and uniqueness - and the 5 acknowledged religions in Indonesia. However, this diversity also creates conflicts.

    I Wayan Kartika, an alumni whose hometown is in Bengkulu, North Sumatra, once said that at first he had been afraid of students from Papua. “At that time, I just wanted to stay in my room. I locked the door. I didn’t want to eat. Then finally my upperclassman came and asked me to go out and join those Papua students. It was because of him I’m no longer afraid of them and even have become closer to them. I even learned their local language. There are so many funny words and expressions.” Now Wayan works in Kampoeng Kidz as a marketing representative. This role forces him to face many challenges; one of which that worries him is overcoming what people think of him. To quote Wayan: “Some people said that marketing is not suitable for me. I’m not good-looking … I have a job. Those statements brought me down, but I overcome it and keep going on.” Interestingly, Wayan also proudly proclaimed that he doesn’t plan to leave this place. He still wants to learn more and save money. “I want to make my parents happy. I dream of taking them to Bali and buy a house for them there.”

    One of the students from Papua who is also building his dream here is Elyas, a 10th grader. He plans to return to Papua after graduation. “I want to be a Catholic priest. But I have said to Ko Jul that he doesn’t have to worry about losing me. One day I will set aside time to visit this place and lead the sermon for the Catholic students here.” Elyas explained that his presence in this school is a divine appointment. Financial problems forced him to leave his parents when he was just five, then an orphanage became his home. When it was the time to go to high school, he surfed the internet and found information regarding this school. He submitted all the documents needed, passed the enrollment process and flew to Batu.

    Now it’s been 4 years since this school was established. “Newer students should be grateful,” Wayan spoke about the development of this school. “When I studied here, there was nothing – only 2 computers. Now they have everything: a computer lab, foreign languages classes, savy teachers. Those newer students should show that they are better than their upperclassmen too.”

    1 http://nationalgeographic.co.id/lihat/berita/1504/demi-remaja-putus-sekolah



    Selamat Pagi Indonesia School  in Batu, Indonesia - now this place becomes the home for 150 high-school students from all across Indonesia. In addition to formal lessons, those students also learn entrepreneurial and life skills as well as apply those lessons in their daily life.


    Kampoeng Kidz, the educational land – this land is part of the Selamat Pagi Indonesia School that opens for public during weekends and national holidays. The name, Kampoeng Kidz itself literary means “a village for children”. The architecture resembles a style that is common in Indonesian villages.


    Early in the morning, before the visitors come, the students get instructions from Ms. Rizma, the supervising teacher. She informs the students about the special program for the day and ensures that everything is ready.


    A student helps a visitor flying the kite. Kite is very popular in Indonesian villages. Here, the schoolyard is very ideal for kite flying; the area is vast and the wind circulation is good. These two characteristics are rarely found in nearby bigger cities where the visitors usually come from.


    Kampoeng Kidz is dedicated mostly for families. The children can enjoy the fresh air and activities related to the nature - activities that can only be done in villages. Here, a student who guides this family talks to the boy, ensuring that this family maximizes their experience.


    A student accompanies a boy cooking then eating fried tofu in a hut made of bamboo. The structure is also use to enhance the diversity this school conveys, highlighted by the mix of Islamic decoration and Chinese characters.


    Two students, with contrasting ethnicity, working together to repair electronic ships. They will use these ships to give a lesson about Indonesian sea territorial.


    A student cutting and preparing bamboo slices needed for repairing the fences. There is a small animal farm there and checking the physical structure is part of the daily maintenance.


    Two students heads up to the huts. As the time to close this education land gets nearer, they bring a basket to collect trashes, such as papers, plastic wraps and snack packaging. Therefore this place stays clean.


    The replica of Indonesian archipelago. Students of Selamat Pagi Indonesia School come from all across Indonesia. Each island breeds distinct cultures that those students bring and enrich this educational land.

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