AdoptASchool recognises that formal education is a basic human right. It was highlighted as such in the UN Millennium Development Goals, Goal 2 which aims for Universal Primary Education for all children by the year 2015. AdoptASchool fully supports this goal and works towards achieving it.
Schools in Bali vary in size and quality from city to rural locations. There are education facilities catering for students from kindergarten to senior and vocational high school and on to tertiary level. Most villages have their own elementary schools or access to one relatively nearby, although this can be problematic for students living in more remote and mountainous areas in Buleleng and Karangasem Regencies. High Schools and Vocational schools tend to be located in major towns or district capital cities.
Despite Indonesia having legislated for a nine-year compulsory education program, Bali still has a large number of school-age children not attending school. Some factors which cause this are economic background, geographical location and cultural factors which especially disadvantage girls.
There is a wide range in the quality of the infrastructure within schools. Whilst many are very well equipped, many others are under-resourced and classrooms are uniformly basic, and all too frequently in poor physical condition. Roofs often leak and desks, doors & windows are broken. Teachers often struggle under rudimentary conditions with few, if any, educational materials or teaching aids.
Through matching sister schools, providing student sponsorship and supporting professional learning for teachers, AAS is making a tangible difference to the lives of thousands of Balinese students and teachers.