BE OUR PARTNER IN ATTAINING OUR VISION TO
BUILD A NATION OF CHARACTER
Many people around the world, including Indonesians, have relinquished
responsibility for governing themselves, expecting government to
solve their problems. This tendency has created weak and dependent
society. We believe that the betterment of society starts from the
bottom up, through virtuous individuals and families and communities,
not from the top down through more or big government. We consider
that the survival of free society depends on the good character
and virtue of the individuals. Virtue or morality is a necessary
spring of national prosperity. Therefore, character education is
a national need; it is as important as food, health, clothing, and
shelter. It is a national need that depends on the participation
of concerned and responsible individuals in supporting character-building
efforts in their respective communities.
You are therefore invited to share our vision to build a nation
of character. We foresee to have a world where schools, families,
and communities work together to nurture the character development,
and academic performance of all children. We want our children to
become knowledgeable and engaged life-long learners who are self-aware,
socially aware, caring and connected to others, creative and independent-minded
thinkers, and responsible decision-makers. All children will achieve
to their fullest potential, participating fully, productively, and
constructively in a free and open society.
Our efforts that have been implemented since June 2000 including
our school pilot projects could be used as a new strategy in regenerating
deprived community with the philosophy that equipping people with
virtues (includes in 9 pillars of characters) are central to new
approaches to community regeneration.
We therefore invite all interested individuals or parties to become
champions in community character regeneration. What else is more
important than to help shape the moral and direction of our community?
How To Become a Character-Building Champion
- You could start a preschool by adopting the Comprehensive Model
of Character Education for Preschool Children (Semai Benih Bangsa
or SBB- Planting the Nation's Seeds) in a poor community. You
could mobilize the community in the SBB prospective location(s)
In English and bahasa
- You could give donations to IHF for opening up SBB. IHF will
choose the locations, especially in poor communities in Jakarta,
Depok, and Bogor areas. IHF will give report to the sponsors about
the opening process of SBB, and the locations. The sponsor could
put his/her name in the name plate sign of SBB School (see Proposal
In English and bahasa
- You could sponsor the existing schools to adopt the 9Pillar
character education and/or 9pillar character-based integrated
curriculums, especially in public schools where the majority of
Indonesian children are enrolled (see Services).
The newly launched government policy on School-Based Management
system (Manajemen Berbasis Sekolah-MBS), is a golden opportunity
for us to alter the existing long-held practice of one-way, rigid,
fragmented, passive, and unpleasant way of learning that have
made the quality of Indonesia's human resource as among the worst
in the world. MBS policy gives a legal autonomy for each school
to improve itself by adopting any better quality curriculums that
could create joyful, more productive learning experience, and
thus individuals with character. Also, this policy enables individuals
to participate in building better school system in their own communities
( see proposal
paket ABC in bahasa Indonesia (PDF Format) )
- You could support IHF programs and activities by purchasing
products and materials provided by IHF, or subscribe the three
monthly SBB Bulletin published by IHF (see. IHF
Program and activities).
- You could support IHF programs and activities by spreading the
words about IHF or any other contributions.
Corporations/Companies or Local Government
Could Adopt our Programs in their Community Development Efforts
Corporations or business communities could adopt the IHF programs
as a part of their Community Development Programs. For example,
Exxon Mobil Oil is adopting the SBB model for their community
educational development in the district of North Aceh by sponsoring the opening up of 24
new SBB sites in 2004. Sponsorship of the SBB schools is especially
important in communities where no kindergarten has been established.
Beside the immediate goals of corporate public affairs to gain
acceptance and support from local community, the presence of corporations
should give positive externalities to the surrounding community
that could encourage local community to rediscover the strength,
and growth from within. Therefore, any efforts to increase societal
virtues (i.e. building community of self-reliance, helping to break
the mentality of dependence, increasing people sense of control
over issues that affect their lives), are supposed to be the prophetic
mission of all business community. Improving early education programs
to build civil ethos and characters can be a good strategy for this
endeavor, since internalizing virtues would be very effective if
done since early ages.
Unlike during the New Order Era that was ended in 1998, in which
all government policies are centrally planned and top down, in this
era of autonomy all local governments could now formulate their
own independent policies, especially in the area of education. It
is widely accepted that the key to success in a competitive globalization
era is how well a society equipped with "social capital"
(i.e. societal virtues). It is the interest of every local government
to increase the "social capital" in order to increase
its competitiveness. For this reason, each local government could
facilitate the creation of community-based preschool activities,
as well as endorsing the adoption of new school curriculums (under
the scheme of School-Based Management Policy). For example, the
local district government of North Aceh has been adopting the SBB
model in their community development efforts. As for now, there
are 27 SBB locations (financed by the local government) that are
available for children in destitute areas, and 48 locations (partly
financed by Exxon Mobil Oil) would soon be opened in the near future.
It is highly recommended by IHF that the daily operational SBB School
be financed by the community, in order to prevent the possible emergence
of entitlement attitude and dependency of the people.
Your Contribution Will Be A Perpetual Endowment
Ensuing A Stream of Benefits for the Community
If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant
a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow
a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the
people, you will reap a hundred harvests. Kuan Chung
Spending money in the cause of truth: "The parable of
those who spend their substance in the way of God is that of a grain
of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear hath a hundred grains.
God giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: and God careth
for all and He knoweth all things." (Qoran 2:261).
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said: When the human being dies,
his/her deeds will come to an end except three kinds: Sadaqah Jariah
(continuous charity), beneficial knowledge, and a good child that
will pray for him/her. (Muslim).
Sadaqah Jariah is distinct from ordinary alms giving by its continual
service, and ensuing a stream of benefits for the whole community.
Thus any charity having continual service and benefits as its objectives
is a Sadaqah Jariah. In other words, it is an endowment that produces
a repetitive flow of services for the community. Setting up schools
or improving school methods or curriculum that could generate humans
with good character, is indeed another form of endowment (Sadaqah
Jariah) resulting a stream of benefits for the whole community;
the benefactor's deeds that will never end.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
- Bible, II Corinthians 9:7
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed
down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into
your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall
be measured to you again."
-Bible, Luke 6:38
"Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced
fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by
teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so
that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful
alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest
step and summit of charity's golden ladder." Maimonides (1135-1204)
"Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world."