Building Futures Together: The Impact of Classroom of Hope and Government Collaboration in Lombok

Meeting of NTB government advisors and Classroom of Hope representatives

At Classroom of Hope, we believe that sustainable work is locally driven. That’s why all our projects in developing countries are implemented in partnership with trusted local NGOs, working closely with the government to ensure their success.

When we embarked on building Block Schools in Lombok, Indonesia, the support of the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) government was crucial. We introduced our innovative blocks and the concept of Block Schools to the Deputy Governor of NTB, Sitti Rohmi Djalilah.

She saw the potential to tackle both the waste problem and the rebuilding efforts post-earthquakes. With her endorsement, we showcased our first Block School, SDN 4 Taman Sari, which left the Vice Governor and key NTB stakeholders impressed. Government officials even joined in as students, teachers, and other community members placed some of the blocks during their visit. 

Working alongside the government allows us to better understand the gaps and highest needs for improving education in the region.

Deputy Governor of NTB, Sitti Rohmi Djalilah places a block on our first Block School, SDN 1 Taman Sari.
Deputy Governor of NTB, Sitti Rohmi Djalilah places a block on our first Block School, SDN 1 Taman Sari.

We established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government to support the building of schools and toilets in earthquake-affected areas of Lombok.

While the government did not have the necessary capital works funding to rebuild, they were able to provide a task force to assist us, ensuring our work was conducted legally, transparently, and collaboratively. This cooperation enabled us to work seamlessly with the Ministry of Education, Program NTB Zero Waste, and the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR).

Our initial collaboration with the NTB government was essential for gaining local community support. 

Today, our Block Schools program is thriving, thanks to our strong government collaboration. At the ground level, we have been fortunate to have assistance from some dedicated government representatives. 

One such individual is Pak Sumadip, Head of the Education Department’s Technical Implementation Unit for Gangga District in North Lombok.

We extend our sincere appreciation to Pak Sumadip; his in-depth knowledge and guidance have been invaluable in directing our efforts to the most high-need communities.

Pak Sumadip stands to the right of Classroom of Hope CEO, Tanya Armstrong, at the opening of Tanjung 3 High School, accompanied by representatives from Happy Hearts Indonesia, the Education Department, the local school community, and donor Fraser Fox.
Pak Sumadip stands to the right of Classroom of Hope CEO, Tanya Armstrong, at the opening of Tanjung 3 High School, accompanied by representatives from Happy Hearts Indonesia, the Education Department, the local school community, and donor Fraser Fox.

Identifying schools where assistance is needed is a collaborative process involving the comparison of government data with our own rigorous field assessments. Our evaluation considers each school’s unique situation, including earthquake damage, class-to-classroom ratios, study conditions, available toilets, and any specific challenges faced by students and staff.

Our collaborative journey is inspiring, filled with innovation, and a collective drive to make a positive impact. It’s a testament to what can be achieved when dedicated individuals and supportive governments come together for a common cause.

Infographic showing total block program impact as of May 2024

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