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Youth health organization was run by three Year 13 students Timoteus, Alyssa and Maraja which was created as the result of a hangout chat. We realized that we wanted to make a difference in the community, especially in a community that involved children who did not have the ability to get access to healthcare due to a number of reasons. At first we thought that this seemed like a good idea but an impossible task to do but we wanted to try and give it a go anyways because why not, if we did not succeed to get the kids some sort of access to healthcare, at the very least we tried our best. But through our hard work, we succeeded in giving the kids basic immunizations that they could never normally. Not only have they got the immunizations, now they also have a record of them receiving the immunizations which allows doctors to see on record what they have received before.

In these pictures, you can see the children of Sekolah Bisa, a school that was created by BSJ Alumni and Bakrie Amanah, receiving the immunizations of polio, hepatitis and others. Our group believes that healthcare is an important part of an individuals lifestyle and it should be an important factor of everyone's lives. Without good healthcare we won't be healthy. Youth Health Organization allows these children to get the proper immunizations that they need. Therefore, We believe that this project was a success. Our goal was to provide proper health care to those who could not afford it. In Indonesia, many children and adults don’t get the proper health care that we as humans deserve. Hence, our group wanted to try to change that even if it's to a small group of people.

This project required hard work and determination which we all are very proud of because at the end of the day, it all paid off even though we had multiple obstacles that were hard to overcome, we did it.

Sekolah Bisa Inauguration

A decade-long commitment by the British School Jakarta (BSJ) came to fruition, this week, in the inauguration of the new premises of a tiny, but truly remarkable school, named 'Sekolah Bisa!'.

The beautiful, architect-designed, bright and airy new educational facility was formally declared open on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony marked the transformation of Sekolah Bisa! from its original conceptualization as a simple steel and bamboo platform into a bespoke new facility. It comes almost ten years after the original Sekolah Bisa!  was inaugurated and marks a decade-long commitment between BSJ and its corporate partner, The Body Shop Indonesia, to be the means to the schooling of previously unschooled, shanty-dwelling Indonesian children.

BSJ, under its Principal, David Butcher, along with The Body Shop Indonesia, under CEO, Aryo Widiwardhono, jointly celebrated Sekolah Bisa!'s evolution as a purpose-built facility at the school's new site, atop the third storey of The Body Shop Training Centre, in the Central Business District of Bintaro.

Mr Butcher explained, “Our school holds to the values enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that an education is every child's right. The BSJ community, from Foundation Stage to IB, including staff and parents, believe that all children, regardless of their social circumstances, should be able to enjoy a good quality education. Along with our corporate partner, The Body Shop, BSJ is an unstinted advocate of the principle of a child’s right to an education. We consider it a privilege to have been able to support Indonesian children from 'shanty' or 'pemulung’ backgrounds and the opening of the new school is a pledge of our continuing commitment to the children’s collective future, their welfare, and their success in life.



The majority of the children enrolled at Sekolah Bisa! live in the Bulakan shanty abutting Pondok Ranji railway station, three kilometres from BSJ. The Bulakan community was initially the focus of a sport-for-all project, conceptualised in 2009 by International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students at BSJ. The students enrolled 15 primary age children, many then working as ‘pemulung’, in a football team, dubbed 'Bintang Bisa', and trained them for participation in the Jakarta School's Football League, South East Asia's largest inter-school football tournament, hosted at BSJ. ‘Bintang Bisa’ was the first such 'pemulung' team ever to be entered in the league.

The urgent need to make provision for the children in that team became apparent during the football season, when the student coaches realised almost none attended school, mainly because the majority were very poor, and also had no formal identity papers to attest to their birth.

Once the idea to establish a school emerged, it took a small group of BSJ’s IB students just a year to design and build a simple, bolt-together facility. The context of the school's evolution was the ‘Creativity, Activity, Service’ (CAS) component of the IB Diploma programme, which challenges IB students to engage in meaningful ways in humanitarian projects in their community. 

A breakthrough for the group managing the school's conceptualisation was the offer a garden-like piece of land, within the grounds of The Body Shop Training Centre, by TBS's then CEO, Ibu Suzy Hutomo. Suzy has retained close links with Sekolah Bisa! ever since. That gift, and the trust placed in the school from the outset by TBS, helped underwrite Sekolah Bisa's success. 

And it was also in 2011 that a BSJ Year 10 student, Isabella Pola, now a Geography student at the University of Nottingham, single-handedly raised IDR 80 million for the school, thereby guaranteeing the funding of its costs for its first year. 

Since that auspicious moment, and throughout the school's first decade, just over 40 children from the Bulakan shanty and other disadvantaged neighbourhoods nearby have received a remarkable education, with lessons taught almost exclusively by volunteers, working alongside four key support staff: Adimas Grahoto, of BSJ; Irwan Nurhadi, for his MM at The University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta and Ibu Sumarti. 

The lessons form the curriculum that prepares the children to sit for the Indonesian government's Paket A Alternative Curriculum Programme Examinations, and although all have passed, it is worth pointing out that one child, Madun, who formerly begged at Blok M, achieved a grade in the top quartile of students nationally.

Every graduate from Sekolah Bisa! is supported through secondary (SMP/A/K) schooling funded by an ancillary IB CAS program, devised by BSJ. So far, one child, Mudi, having completed High School, has successfully entered full time work in the logistics industry, and is expected to be Sekolah Bisa!'s first student to enter university in 2020. 

The whole of the BSJ community, and those in the local community sympathetic to BSJ's ideals of social justice, are engaged in the life of Sekolah Bisa! Active volunteers comprise not only BSJ students and their teachers and parents, but  include students from neighbouring schools and activists within the neighbourhood. 

Moreover, Sekolah Bisa!’s students continue to visit BSJ for enrichment classes in English, music, science and sport, and are now established participants in the JSFL, as has been the case since the school's founding in 2011. Such interaction with the wider world is fundamental to supporting the children's flourishing as capable, responsible and engaged citizens.

The synergy of Sekolah Bisa! emerges, though, from the remarkable partnership enjoyed by The Body Shop and BSJ, without which the school could not have grown. Instrumental in fostering such a purposeful symbiosis between school and the corporate world is CEO Bapak Aryo Widiwardhono, who embraced the Sekolah Bisa! ideal when appointed to run The Body Shop, as well as Ibu Dinna Mustika, who manages the Yayasan Tangan Bagi Sesama, within which Sekolah Bisa! is legally incorporated.

All four children who graduated from Sekolah Bisa! this year attained places at their first choice SMP High Schools, and each attended the inauguration. Four children will graduate in May 2020, and they hope to enroll at Sekolah Maleo, a free school in Bintaro which has enjoyed a partnership with SB! since its inception.

“It’s important to emphasise”, Mr Butcher commented, “that on graduation support for Sekolah Bisa!'s graduates does not end. As soon as children enroll they are members of our school family and we see it as our duty to support them through secondary schooling and, if merited, at university." 

"Moreover, we remain committed to extending opportunity for personal development to those children who face particular challenges, as is the case with a child with special needs, the deaf and dumb child, Karna, whom we now sponsor at a school for the deaf." 

Mr Butcher added, "We also seek to bring the world to Sekolah Bisa!. We value Sekolah Bisa!’s relationship with Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia as well as with our network of Indonesian charitable and volunteer groups."

“Every child should go to school, regardless. And Sekolah Bisa! proves that when we act with conviction, with a vision, and make the necessary sacrifice, every child may go to school.”

Volunteers are always welcome to support SB! Simply email for details.

Who we are ?The IB CAS “Solidarity School” Sekolah Bisa! – making ‘can’t, can!’ for 21 Indonesian shanty-dwelling children

What began as a radical idea in the minds and hearts of a small group of Year 12 IB students at BIS, hailing from 9 countries worldwide (England, Indonesia, New Zealand, Holland, Australia, The Cameroon, Poland, The Philippines and Malaysia), and soon extended to include students, by invitation, from 5 other IB schools, in Jakarta and beyond, and then evolved through a complex design-and-build process, on April 25th 2011, assumed its final form: a unique ‘wall-less’ school for exactly 21 unschooled shanty-dwelling Indonesian children.

All the children enrolled at Sekolah Bisa! live in a shanty close to the Pondok Ranji railway station in Bintaro, in a community abutting the toll road to Pondok Indah. The site was already a focus of a community project at BSJ run by Year 10 ‘Duke of Edinburgh International Award’ students, who had formed a team from boys at the site and entered it, under the name Bulakan United, in the U12 Division, in this season’s Jakarta School’s Football League.

The project to found the school has its roots in, and emerged from, the JSFA soccer initiative, and was an audacious and visionary extension of the sports initiative ( picture above ). Indeed, once students were aware that many in the Bulakan team had never been to school, they were inspired to set about establishing a combined kindergarten and primary school for them. In other words, what began with soccer, ended with a school not only for the unschooled children in the team, but some of their friends, and brothers and sisters, too.

The project demonstrates a extraordinary fortitude in the collective body of IB students, both at BSJ and beyond, all of whom proved resilient and undaunted in the face of a highly challenging, and highly risky task: one which has as its objective the affirming of the dignity of children who live in a shadow-land of indigence and exclusion, and whose schooling has been partly or wholly compromised.

The Sekolah Bisa! project, more importantly, reveals a capacity in young people to look at their society and respond to it by proposing that it may be more characterised by an equality of provision for all children, rather than the few.

Significantly, the project, originating in the IB ‘Creativity, Action, Service’ (CAS) aspect or the two-year IB Diploma program, was also underwritten and endorsed by the students’ careful aligning of the school’s purpose to key articles in the UNICEF Declaration of the Rights of the Child and of the United Nation’s “Education For All” Literacy Decade objectives (current until 2012). Indeed, in May, the school received formal recognition from UNICEF (

In other words, what the founding IB students proposed in Sekolah Bisa! dovetailed with how local and international humanitarian and social justice institutions articulate the means by which the world may be made better for Indonesian’s children.

In many respects, a group of young people could not have made a more audaciously game-changing proposition to the society in which they live than to propose a new school. That they felt the urge to do so, and the practical means to effect it, testifies to how CAS can foster a through-going ‘daring-do’ mentality in those same young people who are often accused of living their lives solipsistically wired to ipods and the internet.

In the case of Sekolah Bisa! students from the 5 so called ‘solidarity schools’ – BSJ Jakarta; Bandung International School; BINUS; Sinar Mas World Academy and Global Jaya International School - wrung out of the CAS program its fullest possible potential to effect social change, and in doing so asserted that their own schooling, which may easily have the cast of an absolute entitlement, should actually be seen relatively: If I go to school, why not others?

The new Sekolah Bisa! facility is ingeniously designed from steel and bamboo, with a wonderful ‘signature’ roof, made from woven palm, vividly and imaginatively referencing Javanese culture. It is also highly child-friendly, and humanely conceptualised to suit children who might be intimated by school, and also intensely green: indeed, some of the ‘walls’ are made of plants. It is also earthquake-proofed. Most of all, though, despite the ingenuity of the design, it is a rallying cry to students the world over all, heralding the fact that if the will is there, all may seek to assert a society more just, more harmonious and more inclusive.

Of course, the IB students did not act entirely alone. Support was and still is ample and varied. Most particularly, the success of the project is dependent upon the generosity and practical support of The Body Shop (Indonesia), which is partnering the students in their quest ( Indeed, without The Body Shop’s provision of a beautiful piece of land, and a commitment to pay the stipend of the teacher-coordinator, Irwan Nurhadi and Ibu Sumarti, for the school’s probationary year, the school would have remained an idea, only. Particular thanks are due to Suzy Hutomo The Body Shop chairman and Aryo Widiwardhono - CEO, and to her staff, who not only supported Sekolah Bisa! in the planning stages but who are also help fundraising campaign of Berlin marathon with 7 runners.

Other partners also play an integral and vital role in the life of the school, and help ensure its sustainability:  Ibu Sri , The Principal of Ibnu Sina Maleo Junior High School , Bapak Fendra, The Principal of Amalina Islamic Junior High School, and his students, support the teaching. parents and teachers at BSJ are also part of the teaching provision, with commitments weekly to both kindergarten and primary sections of the school. BSJ staff and parents sponsors, as well as contributing to the extra-curricula program, especially in art, music and swimming; and highly motivated parents fund the milk and fruit ‘nutrition’ projects, as well as sponsoring the daily ‘healthy’ lunches. 

Moreover, Sekolah Bisa! offers the chance not only of an education, for access to better health and recreation, but also enables the children enrolled to be supported in their quests to obtain birth certificates. In that way, Sekolah Bisa! assures and affirm a child ‘s right to have formal documentation attesting to his or her citizenship – a right enshrined in the UNICEF Declaration.

Sekolah Bisa! serves as yet unschooled Indonesian children of TK (kindergarten) and SD (primary) ages. It’s the first such institution of its kind in the world: a school conceptualized in solidarity with the IB community of schools in Indonesia and anchored to a key community partner, The Body Shop. It is run according to the principles of the IB Learner Profile, in conjunction with the CRS remit of The Body Shop and the Mission Statement of The British School Jakarta. The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement also makes clear its intent to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect. Sekolah Bisa! exemplifies such an ethos in a highly practical, local, meaningful and sustainable manner.

What do we do?

Sekolah Bisa is conceptualised by the IB students British School Jakarta as part of their CAS program and with the extensive support from The Body Shop Community to ensure an equality and inclusion for 25 unfortunate chidren around Bintaro area.

The school divided into 3 group of class, TK ( age 6-7 ) , SD 1 ( 8-10 ) and SD2 ( 11-13 ), SD2 class is a group that we prepare for national exam.

We collaborated with PKBM 26 Negeri Bintaro (Community Learning Center in Bintaro ) managed by DKI Jakarta Province, where SB children able to take national exam to get their Paket A primary certificate which is equivalent to elementery level. Currently we hiring one teacher who works at CLC at Sekolah Bisa twice a week accordance subject matter to national curriculum.


Sekolah Bisa! which is Indonesian for ‘a school that can’, opened in April 2011 and is managed by IB students at The British School Jakarta as part of the CAS component of the IB Diploma Programme.

At Sekolah Bisa! we currently have 21 students age 6 to 13, most of whom are living in ‘shanty’ or scavengers communities. During its 6 years, Sekolah Bisa! has enabled 15 children to graduate to local high schools.


Links with BSJ CAS Programme

Bamboo for you 

IB students at BSJ handed over the outcome of their IB CAS project, an environmentally friendly bamboobed, to a family of children enrolled at SB. In so doing, and whilst referencing key UN Millennium Development Goals, the students made clear their ability to establish an extraordinary interconnectedness with the family the project serves, and whom society had largely overlooked.


The bed itself is a remarkable demonstration of how those from different social groups may form a deep sense of affiliation, but the partnerships evolving from the project, between BSJ students and the children themselves, more importantly prove that that we live at our best, and most fully, when societal segregations are dissolved, and we learn to share a common citizenship.

If a young person, still at school, can be moved by the plight of a child who has no bed to sleep in, and gives consideration to that child's well being, then surely that is exactly the type of person, outward looking, sensitive, aware and resourceful, who has a power to set the manifold wrongs of the world to rights.

Cyber Shanty

the BSJ IB CAS project, every Friday, which dissolves social difference, makes access to the Internet equitable, and fosters inter cultural understanding. That, and it enables Sekolah Bisa children whose citizenship is compromised by poverty, to be fully fledged citizens of cyber space.

With IB students who believe that Information Technology also has a social remit: to empower children who by force of circumstance are denied the opportunity to connect to the world. What's more powerful than force of circumstance? The better force of an IB student working for another's good, and against the ring fencing of privilege.

Equalising opportunity; establishing an ethos which binds a British School to children previously excluded from school. Against the background hubbub of discourses based on a fear of others, inclusive, open minded attitudes that repair wrongs with powerful right.


UN Human Rights: "The political participation of young people – like all other people – must be consequential. There must be action to youth concerns"

Every Monday, IB student at BSJ help BSJ coaches Master Devdee, with the youngest SB children .

What's her 'concern'? That Indonesian child born in highly compromised circumstances have access to opportunities for sport, and through which they may learn of their capacity, in attitude and aptitude, to be re included in society.

What's her action? She coaches Taekwondo.

And what's the consequence? Children so affirmed, dexterous, agile, focused and determined that they acquire a way of being that insists upon their full participation in life as scholar citizens.

Reclaiming access to children's full potential. That's political!



Taekwondo Coach Devdee Brachmana and BSJ students, It's extraordinary how Taekwondo has aided the recovery of each child by affirming his or her capacity to achieve, and by reminding them of their innate giftedness, previously obscured by lack of opportunity.

Optimal Health 

In an initiative pioneered by BSJ parents Rossy Bendl, and managed by IB students at BSJ, through the CAS 'Optimal Health' program, teeth of every child at Sekolah Bisa checked is the opportunity for the children to have specialist dental care. The initiative exemplifies a thorough-going commitment to the well-being of students; actions the children's 'rights' to a good quality of life, and helps ensure they do not miss a single day of school. If you'd like to donate to the health program, and help us keep our commitments to the children in our care, head to toe, do get in touch.