Due to the poor results recorded by students in areas of rural Indonesia, who are unable to
continue their education past high school, the Tanoto Foundation has increased its efforts
of providing young adults with better opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in
order to pass university exams more efficiently.
The State of Indonesia’s Education
Compared to neighboring countries like Malaysia, the state of Indonesia’s rural education
is quite poor. In 2014, reports have shown that only 28% of students aged 19-23 have
continued their education by enrolling into a university, a number that has brought concern
to parents, government institutions, as well as organizations like the Tanoto Foundation,
which is actively involved in numerous projects designed for the improvement of local
education in the country.
One of the main reasons why students in rural areas are unable to complete their
education is that they cannot compete with those living in urban areas, who are far better
equipped to attend and pass their exams successfully.
Capacity Building Programs for Students
To tip the scales, the Tanoto Foundation has organized several capacity building activities
to help students comply with the requirements set forth by the universities they plan on
During the months of May and June 2015, the Tanoto Foundation organized a try-out in
Medan, inviting students from general and vocational high schools who are also recipients
of Tanoto scholarships to attend and use the try-outs to prepare for furthering their
Aside from the try-outs themselves, tutors were provided up to three times a week to help
the students improve their knowledge and general grasp of the materials included. With
their help and along with additional motivational speeches and tips for getting the best
results at their university exams, the students were able to sail through their exams with
Capacity building has long been one of the main tools used by the Tanoto Foundation to
improve education in Indonesia, the result being that more than 5,200 students across the
country have benefited from Tanoto scholarships already.