What is The Learning Farm ?
The Learning Farm (TLF) was established in 2005 by the Boston-based World Education (www.worlded.org), a non-profit organization founded to address the lack of skills, opportunities, and hope amongst vulnerable youth.
Empowering vulnerable youth across Indonesia to become independent, contributing, and responsible members of society
Who comes to The Learning Farm?
The poor and vulnerable youth of Indonesia have been deeply affected by the country’s economic crises and lack both education and economic opportunities. Lacking education, skills and support, they are at risk of being trapped in a cycle of poverty, religious politicization, drugs, crime and HIV/AIDS. These factors are particularly critical for males under the age of 30 who comprise 60 percent of the unemployed.
Research has shown that disproportionate unemployment rates for youth who are “young and male, having nothing to sell but their muscles” lead to increased criminality in society. These youth are also vulnerable to religious radicalization.
The Learning Farm youth comes from diverse backgrounds from the streets of such cities as greater Jakarta, Yogyakarta, in Central Java, Lampung in Sumatra as well as peri-urban areas and rural areas like Karawang, Bogor, Bandung, West Java, also eastern part of Indonesia like Timor, Ambon and Sulawesi. Their ages range from 16 to 24.
Most of the street youth come to the Learning Farm through a referral system from other organizations who work with street children and other vulnerable youth. Some of the youth who attend The Learning Farm are illiterate while others have graduated from high school. Many are without families and have lived for years on the streets while others come from single mother-headed or intact but impoverished households. Some have experience with drug addiction and have spent time in prison, while others have never been away from their villages.
What do they learn at The Learning Farm?
The Learning Farm consists of two integrated components:
Youth training and community development occur in two phases. During Phase One, youth participate in an initial 15 weeks program of life skills, vocational and entrepreneurial training activities with the emphasis on obtaining a basic understanding of organic farming.
The mutually reinforcing cycle of learning and application of new skills help the youth become increasingly capable and self-realized individuals. At the end of the initial 15 weeks, the youth decide whether to seek employment with other organic farm enterprises or stay on for Phase Two. This lasts an additional 15 weeks during phase two participants are involved in a more individualized and self-directed learning process, widening and deepening the knowledge and skills gained during their initial training period at the farm. They jointly work on: a) entrepreneurship related organic farming or other livelihoods; b) leadership and supervision; and, c) outreach and social skills, where they engage in interaction with the numerous visitors to The Learning Farm and present various business plans and spread words through community programmes, school programmes etc.
Figure 1. TLF Alumni Mapping on Dec 2012
How can I help?
Yayasan Karang Widya
Perkebunan Teh Maleber, Desa Ciherang, Pacet, Cianjur
Phone : 0263-514840
Bank account : Yayasan Karang Widya 0154202387 BNI 46, Bogor
For overseas transfer
Name of Bank : BNI 46 Cabang Bogor
Address : Jl. Raya Tajur , Bogor , West Java, Indonesia
Branch code : 061
Account number : 0154202387
Account name : Yayasan Karang Widya
No Swift : BNINIDJABGR