Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta

Riding on the success of an earlier special education (SPED) project in Medan, Indonesia, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) launched a four-year SPED training project in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 February 2019. The project, Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs, aims to enhance support for children with special needs in the city.

During the project, a team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) comprising occupational therapists from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) will share their knowledge, skills and experiences in occupational therapy with their Indonesian peers. Over 2,000 members of the Indonesian community are expected to benefit from the project, including patients and their families, teachers, volunteers, and other supporting therapists.

“With this collaboration between the SIF and YPAC Jakarta, my hope is that similar organisations and ourselves will be empowered to provide educational opportunities for the wider community. There are many stakeholders involved in the special education sector, and we need to work together towards achieving our goals. We would like to thank our friends from Singapore for their contributions towards making these collaborations happen.” – Robiyatun Adawiyah, Occupational Therapist, YPAC Jakarta.

Singaporeans and Indonesians came together at the launch of the SIF’s Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs project in Jakarta, Indonesia, marking the start of a four-year collaboration. The launch ceremony was graced by Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director, and Mrs Kumala Insiwi Suryo, YPAC Jakarta Chairperson (top row, eighth and ninth from left), together with SIVs (in orange) and representatives from Singapore and Indonesia.
Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director (left, both images), and Mrs Kumala Insiwi Suryo, YPAC Jakarta Chairperson (right, first image and centre, second image), exchange gifts during the launch – artworks created by one of YPAC Jakarta’s beneficiaries, Mr Marcello Wisnu Arya Teja (right, second image) and Pathlight School, Singapore’s first autism-focused school.
SIV Ms Jo Chen, Principal Occupational Therapist from KKH (standing), conducts the first training workshop of the four-year project with Indonesian counterparts. Over 2,000 lives in Jakarta are expected to benefit from the project.
SIV Ms Ong Li Hui (left, in orange) and Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director (centre), engaged with the students of YPAC Jakarta during a tour of its premises. The SIVs, comprising occupational therapists from KKH, will train 50 special education practitioners from YPAC Jakarta through the course of the project.
Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director (left) and Mrs Kumala Insiwi Suryo, YPAC Jakarta Chairperson (right), co-signed an agreement affirming the commitment of both organisations to boost support for inclusive education in Singapore and Indonesia.

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