The British School of Jakarta – Collaboration with MIT J-WEL – Indonesia
Center for Systems Awareness HUB
World largest Muslim country and leader in cross-sector leadership development around social and ecological restoration
The British School of Jakarta (BSJ), the International Baccalaureate Organization, the Wadah Foundation, which is a MIT J-WEL member, and United in Diversity (UID), a NGO that has done cross-sector leadership development with MIT, started to work together in 2019 to develop a hub for compassionate systems education in Indonesia. At the first gathering hosted by the British School in January 2019, over 60 educators and key stakeholders were training in the foundations of compassionate systems, and, during the design process for a longer-term plan, a core team came together and grappled with developing a shared vision and purpose, parent engagement, and how the British School could become a beacon for the Compassionate Systems framework throughout the region. Part of the prototype year in Jakarta, hosted by the British School, is a focus on engaging local Indonesian communities to take the efforts beyond BSJ. There will be follow-up trainings of all BSJ teachers and staff in May and October 2019, involving also the Wadah Foundation and UID. Alongside the training of teachers and staff, our youth coaches are working with an ambassador group of students who will connect with other such ambassador groups around the world in various hubs, focusing their work in the Compassionate Systems Framework on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. BSJ is already supporting schools serving low-income populations, and a first step for students from the Compassionate Systems ambassador group is to begin connecting with these students and share some of the concepts and ideas they have learned. Additionally, the ambassador students will engage with at-risk communities that the Wadah Foundation is working with as well.