The Jakarta Post
South Tangerang in Banten has followed the success of Pare village in Kediri, East Java, by creating a village that provides English lessons for people of the surrounding area.
Gusri Effendi, the founder of the Kampung Konservasi Rimbun (Rimbun conservation village) project, said the development of the village began in August last year, and it not only provides English lessons, but also teaches plant conservation.
"We expect the development will be complete this December," Gusri said on Sunday, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Even though the development has yet to be completed, Gusri said activities such as English lessons for children living near the village and plant conservation had started.
"About 51 children from Buaran subdistrict in Serpong have taken the lessons. We currently have five instructors and we will add more teachers when the development is completed," Gusti said.
"We plan that every house in the village will become a homestay just as happened in Pare. We even believe it can be greater than Pare," Gusti added.
South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany appreciated the development of the village, saying that the innovation and the creativity were in line with her expectations.
Airin said she hoped the English-learning program in Kampung Konservasi Rimbun would not only be aimed at children, but also adults.
"I hope this village can be an important asset for South Tangerang and benefit future generations," she said. (rdi)