One key aspect of our engagement with the local community was the establishment of The Island Foundation (TIF). TIF works with the local community on Bintan and neighbouring islands to help them to help themselves. Initially the focus of the Foundation’s efforts was the creation of libraries. TIF has since grown to become an International Charitable Organisation registered in Singapore, operating out of 8 Learning Centres, from which it delivers an education program with the aim of transforming education for Riau’s island communities.
Small island communities face particular challenges around school enrolment, student achievement and lack of employment opportunities. The Island Foundation believes that by investing in education we can nurture the next generation by equipping them with the confidence to solve problems and to grow.
TIF looks to do this via a new self-sustaining learning model, focused on critical thinking, confidence building and collaboration, developed with leading education practitioners. TIF’s activities include teacher training, running learning centres and community events, developing and delivering a bilingual curriculum.
The Island Foundation
Nikoi staff take great pride in our involvement in these projects and we encourage them to get involved with the programs run by The Island Foundation.
The Foundation is registered as a charity in both Singapore and Indonesia, has a full time independent Executive Director and an independent board.