Astragraphia in Collaboration with SOS Children's Villages Indonesia and Bappenas Present the Workbook 2 Program in Indonesian Border Areas
Jakarta, 20 September 2018 – PT Astra Graphia Tbk in collaboration with the SOS Children's Villages Indonesia and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) held the Workbook program for the second time. The 'Workbook' 2 program is a PT Astra Graphia Tbk’s social program which aims to help the children in border areas on improving their ability before entering the elementary school. In this ‘Workbook’ 2 program, PT Astra Graphia Tbk and Bappenas will distribute books in a wider scope to the border area of Sabah-Sawarak, Malaysia.
Mangara Pangaribuan, Director of PT Astra Graphia Tbk, said, "This Workbook 2 program has proved the commitment of PT Astra Graphia Tbk on advancing Indonesian education in the border region. Through our cooperation with SOS Children's Villages Indonesia and Bappenas, we will distribute 1.250 books for children in the Sabah-Sarawak border region. We believe that these well-quality books which printed with Fuji Xerox machines will be useful for the development of Indonesian children. "
The ‘Workbook’ 2 program is one of the 4 Pillars of Astra's CSR, which is Social Development and Community Education. All material contained in the books that have distributed in the ‘Workbook’ 2 program was developed by SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia as an international partner where the material is already adapted to the learning needs of early childhood in order to prepare them for entering elementary school.
Gregor Hadi Nitihardjo, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia said, "We SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia have been partners of the ‘Workbook’ social program for 2 years. This program will continue for 3 years which covers areas where SOS Children's Villages Indonesia works. In this second year, SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia has been apportioned 1.250 "Workbook" books for the children in the Sabah-Sarawak border. The book will be distributed by the Consulate of the Indonesian Embassy (Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia) facilitated by Bappenas.
Dr. Hadiat MA, Director of Education and Religion at Bappenas, added, "The learning book is very much needed in the school in Sabah-Sarawak border at this time. Children who will enter the elementary school need the good quality books and material to support their learning activities. We hope that the Workbook program with Astragraphia will be able to achieve allocation targets and resolve challenges in realizing the more advanced education in the border area."
Until September 2018, Astragraphia has printed 7.000 books containing educational material for student’s learning needs. In the second year, the book has distributed to the regions of Jakarta, Bandung, and Flores, besides the Sabah - Sarawak border area. Bappenas supports the acceleration of the Education Development in the Border Area for easier access as well as enhancing the educational quality for Indonesian children wherever they are.