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Jakarta Post

Private sector donations for education largely untapped

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 19 2010   /  09:34 am

Private sector contribution to national education is a potentially crucial resource that remains largely untapped, a foundation says.

Putera Sampoerna Foundation, which works in partnership with 200 corporations, said that since 2001 it had helped 34,000 students return or stay in school.

The National Education Ministry said approximately 1.5 million students aged between 13 and 18 dropped out of school each year.

A public relations officer at the foundation, Astried Anggraini, said the foundation could not work alone in its endeavor to help the government provide education for all.

“The contributions from the private sector could be much more,” she said.

Education expert Darmaningtyas said corporate philanthropic resources had played a vital role in developing more positive and enduring changes in the country’s education sector, which was hampere...