The second host of the National Financial Literacy Campaign: Yogyakarta!
When we talk about education in Indonesia, the name of Yogyakarta might come to mind. Yogyakarta has long been hailed as “The City of Scholars” due to its major role in improving education in Indonesia. Bearing this in mind, it’s no wonder that Home Credit chose Yogyakarta as one of the destinations for this year’s National Financial Literacy Campaign On 8 June 2017, Home Credit held a Financial Literacy class in SMKN 1 Saptosari Gunung Kidul. This is our second event for this year’s National Financial Literacy Campaign. This collaboration between team members from External Affairs, Marketing & Strategy, Career Development, and Human Resources was well received by an audience of 170 students.In the event, we shared information aimed to improve the students’ understanding of basic financial management, benefits of entrepreneurship and where to start, and how to have a successful working career.We hope that this event will inspire our youth to manage their finances wisely and to also prepare them to enter the workforce. In the long run, we hope that this event will also inspire the young generation to broaden their perspectives, and to stand tall against all odds in their efforts to create a better future for the nation.Never stop learning, because learning new things will give you an added advantage in the future. What new things do you want to learn today?
Ready to be charmed by the nature and people of Sumba? Read about our CEO’s family’s story in Sumba here!
While our Chief Executive Officer, Jaroslav Gaisler, was busy preparing preparing presentations for the shareholders with his team, the rest of his family had a slightly more interesting weekend. Together with the Czech ambassador’s family and a representative from Happy Hearts Fund Indonesia (HHFI), his wife and children headed out to Sumba.
It took only three hours flight from Jakarta via Denpasar to reach Sumba. The island is known for its never-ending empty beaches and extraordinary landscapes of lush rain forests, home to various endemic species. You can expect to see untouched waterfalls, hidden lagoons and lakes, green hills and vast savanna. Horses can be seen running freely around the island, together with buffalos. Both of which are major status symbols in Sumba.
Needless to say, the Gaisler family were extremely excited about the trip, since everybody who has visited Sumba talked about their experience in superlatives.
Sharing with the People of Sumba
However, the beautiful natural landscape was not the main reason for the Gaisler family’s visit to Sumba – at least not this time around. This time, they came to offer their helping hand to the people of Sumba together with HHFI.
Sumba, rated the second poorest island in Indonesia, with families having 5-6 children on average, is in urgent need of schools. HHFI has an ambitious goal: to build 100 new pre-schools and schools on the island itself. In support of this goal, during their visit, the Gaisler family painted and decorated the newest school built by HHFI and distributed donated toys, clothes, stationary and food to the local community.
“We saw the kids in a small local pre-school and even shook hands with the wise old man who provided land for the school for free, as he knows that through education, people can change stereotypes in the society and move Sumba forward into prosperity.” said Jana Gaislerova, wife of Jaroslav Gaisler.
The Unique Stay in a School Building
The Gaisler family were absolutely amazed by their accomodation in Sumba. Although they were aware that they wouldn't be staying in a typical hotel, the reality exceeded their expectations. During their visit, they stayed in a school building, which serves as a boarding school that hosts almost 50 Sumbese students. The school is run by Sumba Hospitality Foundation founded by Inge de Lathauwer, who also serves as the school’s Chairwoman.
As a part of the program, the students took care of their guests in (currently) five bungalows, a restaurant and a front desk. The school’s curriculum includes cooking, English classes and gardening in their own school garden, where they grow their own vegetables and fruits. The students are also encouraged to communicate with the guests in English, and they are doing an absolutely amazing job. After almost a year of studying, the students are assigned to different hotels in Sumba and Bali, to put what they have learnt to practice in a real hospitality world.
A majority of the students were able to get a job offer right after their internship. That shows the level of quality of the education they are getting. Due to such reputation, the number of applicants for the second term even reached 800!
If you want a more productive and empowering kind of weekend experience, give a visit to Sumba a shot and do it like the Gaislers!