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Jakarta Post

Free schools restore child education rights

  • Musthofid


Jakarta   /   Mon, July 13 2020   /  07:24 am
Right to education: Children attend class at a school dedicated for street children and children from marginalized households in Pademangan, North Jakarta.(Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Reared by a preoccupied single parent, Rahmat Hidayat might not have been able to develop his passion for computerizing had it not been for a free school near his neighborhood. He now not only works at a healthcare start-up but has managed to accomplish his master’s program thanks to the SMK (vocational school) Informatika Utama, which freed his mother from educational expenses. “My mother gathered together all the enrolment requirements, including the underprivileged verification document,” Rahmat, now 29, whose parents parted when he was an infant, recalled. Upon finishing his vocational school, at which he studied software engineering, he went on to a university. “My mother has quit her work since I got a job,” he said. Efforts at children’s empowerment are also sought through non-formal education like those initiated by Jala Samudra ...