Meaningful Education in Preparation for a Meaningful Life
The founders of Begawan Foundation, Bradley and Debbie Gardner, firmly believe that children, adolescents and young adults in Indonesia and other countries around the world need meaningful education to prepare them to take up creative and responsible roles in their future lives, and to equip them to meet the complex demands they will have to face in the coming years.
Their concept of meaningful education places a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial skills. Rather than turning out numbers of potential employees for the conventional labour market, they believe education should nurture visionaries who recognise and understand problems, develop entrepreneurial ideas for dealing with them, and implement those ideas in a way that contributes to the community.
Ongoing Educational Activities
Following on from these years of meetings between Prof. Dr. Jurgen Zimmer and Bradley Gardner, Begawan Foundation (BF) was established in 1999 with the vision to create an environment to be beneficial to the needs of local communities, especially their children through meaningful education, healthcare and awareness of environmental protection. Based on that vision and mission, the foundation team works with the Bali Starling Breeding and Release Centre in Banjar Begawan to engender conservation and the Learning Centre in Banjar Pengaji, Melinggih Kelod to run education programs.
Since the early days of the foundation, and the setting up of a small kindergarten at Begawan Giri Estate in 2000, the founders have worked with foundation staff to develop education programs in the community to encompass local schools from kindergarten to senior high school. BF has now reached over 2,000 students, and taught over 50 classes, in 25 schools in 6 villages – Melinggih Kelod, Melinggih, Sayan, Mambal, Sibang and Sibanggede.
BF’s Education team is currently developing and implementing a new curriculum to further assist children between 7 to 18 years old. Based on its mission, the BF Learning Center operates student-centric and socially responsible learning via an integrated and environmentally-focused curriculum. The newly developed curriculum, based on 9 themes, will provide experiential learning that develop student life-skills, environmental responsiveness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a love of learning – in order to benefit this young generation and their communities. With the motto ‘Learning by Doing’, the foundation encourages students to express their own ideas and opinions and take an active part in tackling local environmental issues.