WWF assists donations of over a thousand books to elementary schools in the Heart of Borneo
In efforts to support local communities in the Heart of Borneo (HoB), and assist their needs in advancing education opportunities for young people, WWF-Indonesia facilitated a public textbook donation initiative for Borneo elementary schools during the Borneo Festival 2012 event themed “Taking the Heart of Borneo Message to the City”, which was held in April, in Jakarta.
A total of 1644 textbooks were generously donated and collected from the public in Jakarta and have been given to 10 elementary schools in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan who are in dire need of educational resource assistance.
Albertus Tjiu, The Project Leader of Kapuas Hulu, WWF-Indonesia's West Kalimantan Program, said the book donation initiative was successful in arousing public awareness of the limited education for children in the HoB, especially rural children.
"It's not easy for these children to get a textbook. We hope that this donation program can be maintained and the number of book donated will increase, so that more children have the opportunity to receive a textbook", said Albert.
Through the cooperation of the Indonesia Teaching Foundation, the process of distributing books to students will be done by young teachers. This foundation facilitates teachers to stay, live and learn from the local remote communities in places like Borneo for a year, to help bridge the gap in educational opportunities.
“We are very grateful to members of the community who have contributed to advancing education in the Heart of Borneo. We hope collecting books from the capital's residents, initiated by WWF-Indonesia, will inspire the citizens in other cities. We hope the spirit and optimism of these citizens of Indonesia is contagious”, said Cantika, the Indonesia Teaching Coordinator IV.
"We promise to make the best use of donated books in order to demonstrate devotion to the world of education in the district of Kapuas Hulu. This assistance will greatly help our future teaching and learning activities”, said Cantika.
Further books collected will be donated to various schools in the province of West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan, especially those that are in the vicinity of protected areas.