SIF Connects! Jakarta 2018

The SIF celebrated the power of friendships by reengaging with our Indonesian Friends of Singapore at SIF Connects! Jakarta on 22 September. This event marked the seventh SIF Connects! in Indonesia since 2011, with past editions held in Jakarta and Bandung. This year, the focus was on Singapore-Indonesia collaborations in education.

The highlight of the event was a sharing session themed ‘Education for a Better World’. The panel comprised the SIF’s volunteers and partners who have championed for positive impact in this field. They were (in alphabetical order) Ibu Dedeh Suatini, partner in the Integrated Education project (Bandung); Bapak Budi Soehardi, partner in The Kupang Project (Kupang); Bapak Moch N. Kurniawan (Iwan), SIF-ASEAN Fellow; Mr Teguh Daniel Tampemawa, specialist volunteer for the Integrated Education project (Bandung); and Mr Maurice Tan, direct service volunteer for Words on Wheels (Bandung, Yogyakarta) and Water for Life (Lamongan) programmes.

We also gave special thanks to Iwan for his valuable contributions as the SIF Representative in Jakarta (2011-18), and welcomed our new Representative Ibu Dian Mashari, chairperson of Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF) and alumnus of the SIF’s International Symposium Singapore programme in 2005.

“I am very honoured to be appointed as the next SIF Representative in Jakarta. I believe that this will be the start of an exciting and inspiring journey as we work together in building deeper friendships between our two communities. As the Chairperson of the IBF, I am also of the view that our organisation shares the same goal as the SIF where we believe quality education is crucial for sustainable development. I look forward to future collaborations in creating positive impact,” shared Dian.

The event was graced by Ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar, Singapore Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and Bapak Adi Nuryanto, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture.

Held in various cities, SIF Connects! is a platform to reconnect with our overseas friends, partners and programme alumni. Since 1992, Singaporean and Indonesian communities have collaborated in over 100 SIF initiatives.

Singaporeans and Indonesians reconnect at the SIF Connects! Jakarta, rekindling ties while celebrating the longstanding friendships between the two communities, nurtured through SIF programmes in Indonesia since 1992.
Ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar (left), Singapore Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, engages with the SIF’s partners, programme alumni and volunteers who have contributed to strengthen friendships between Singaporean and Indonesian communities at the people-to-people level.
Representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore-Indonesia meet with the SIF’s programme alumni and volunteers at the seventh edition of SIF Connects! in Indonesia to celebrate the warm friendships between Singaporean and Indonesian communities.
The sharing session themed ‘Education for a Better World’ comprised panellists who are champions of education from Indonesia and Singapore. Each panellist has either volunteered or partnered the SIF to further quality education – one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Bapak Adi Nuryanto (left), Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) receiving a token of appreciation from Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director. SIF and Indonesia’s MoEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the field of education, while enabling greater cross-cultural understanding.
SIF Connects! Jakarta sees the continuous support of our programme alumni including the Indonesian SIF-ASEAN Fellows pictured here with Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director (centre). We also welcome the new SIF representative in Jakarta. Ibu Dian Mashari (third from right) replaces Bapak Moch N. Kurniawan (Iwan) (third from left) who served for three consecutive terms (2011-18).
Mr Reuben Kwan (right), SIF Division Director of Strategic Management, sharing with guests, including representatives from the Singapore Association in Indonesia (left), about the launch of the SIF’s signature Words on Wheels (WoW) programme in Yogyakarta. WoW promotes learning among children by improving their access to books and enables Singapore International Volunteers to share library management skills with their overseas counterparts.
Some Indonesian alumni and partners, from the SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) and Our Better World programmes participated in an exhibition where they presented their work. A representative from YSE 2015 winning team STARTIC (left) shared their social business which empowers marginalised women to design and produce eco-fashion products.

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