A $1.9 million grant from ExxonMobil Cepu Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corp., has enabled six secondary schools located in the Bojonegoro and Tuban regencies (near ExxonMobil’s Banyu Urip project) to implement the Putera Sampoerna Foundation School Development Program (SDP).
The three-year SDP comprises several multiphase programs that include assessments and activities designed to enhance teacher professionalism, involve local education agencies, and encourage participation from surrounding communities. More than 250 junior and senior high school teachers are participating in workshops, mentoring, coaching, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation. The schools will measure progress against targets aligned with Indonesia’s eight national standards of education.
The grant also covers the building of a laboratory, library and toilet facilities.
Since the program’s implementation, school board members have spoken positively about the changes they’ve seen. The students have become more open and active while learning and are more enthusiastic about participating in course-related activities. “Management has also become much more communicative with us when it comes to the teaching and learning process at school,” said Rumadi, chief of State Junior High School (SMPN) 1 Gayam’s school committee, in an article for The Jakarta Post.
“We are proud to be partnering with Putera Sampoerna Foundation on this important program,” said Dan Wieczynski, President of ExxonMobil affiliates in Indonesia. “By working together with local communities and local governments, we continue to make meaningful and lasting improvements in the quality of life in the areas where we operate,” he added.
By establishing model schools, the overall goal of the SDP is to inspire other schools to work on their quality and performance.
About ExxonMobil in Indonesia
Subsidiaries of ExxonMobil and its predecessors have been operating in Indonesia for more than 100 years, and since 1968 have invested more than $30 billion in the country. ExxonMobil in Indonesia currently has more than 550 employees, more than 90 percent of whom are Indonesian. During its time in Indonesia, ExxonMobil has been active in developing and assisting communities around its core areas of operation.