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Jakarta Post

Govt mulls tribal school system's role in education

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 5 2008   /  11:28 am

The government is considering combining its existing education system with a more nature-oriented method currently being applied at the renowned informal school Sokola Rimba. On Thursday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Sokola Rimba founder Butet Manurung and teachers from the school to discuss the matter. "The President said the method adopted by Sokola Rimba should be applied at other schools as well. He also suggested the method be expanded and combined with the current education system," Butet said after the meeting at the presidential office. Butet and her colleagues established Sokola Rimba in 2003, with the aim of teaching remote tribal people in Jambi province how to read, write and count. The informal school now has branches in Aceh; Makassar in South Sulawesi; Flores and Bulukumba in East Nusa Tenggara; Garut in West Java; Yog...