Partner talks - HEI Schools Jakarta

“We think all parents in the world can agree on one thing– they want the best for their children. However, determining the term ‘best’ can have many different perspectives. The most important is to recognize each child holistically and understanding what’s best for each child. We believe Indonesian parents are interested in new approaches and methods that are based on the latest research in education and pedagogy which can cultivate the very best for their children.”

We had the opportunity to connect with our Partner Teddy Koentjoro and the HEI Schools Jakarta team during our Spring 2019 Management training. Please read further about his thoughts on education in Indonesia, becoming a father and creating future changemakers.

Can you tell me when you first found out about HEI Schools? What sparked your interest?

We found HEI Schools through Google! How wonderful these days what technology can do connecting us from both worlds digitally. Personally I am never a fan of the conventional education system, I always thought that the approach towards education is in need for a disruption and there are many improvements needed. This is the least we can do from our part to contribute in a small way for the betterment of education in Indonesia.

You and your wife are recent, first time parents. Did this have any effect on your interest in HEI Schools and early childhood education?

Yes, being a first time parents, it definitely gives us more motivation in making sure we can realize HEI schools with the best possible standards in Indonesia and attracting passionate local and international educators to participate in our community.

What do you think would attract Jakarta families the most to HEI Schools?

We believe that the HEI Way culture and values will attract the forwarded thinking parents in Indonesia. It’s important to educate families that HEI Schools’ approach and methods are based on the latest research in education and pedagogy which are rigorously tested in preschools across Finland. It is not only a highly researched preschool model with proven results, but also ranked the best globally.

In Indonesia, what is a common theme in early childhood education?

“Learning through play” is a common theme, but it does not have a common connotation.

Is the Finnish model of education well known throughout Indonesian?

Finnish education model is gaining popularity and being looked up to for most individuals who practice in the industry. We hope that HEI Schools Jakarta being the pioneer in introducing this, we can become a source for those who are eager to learn more.

What are parents seeking for their children currently in Indonesia and especially in Jakarta?

We think all parents in the world can agree on one thing– they want the best for their children. However, determining the term ‘best’ can have many different perspectives. The most important is to recognize each child holistically and understanding what’s best for each child. We believe Indonesian parents are interested in new approaches and methods that are based on the latest research in education and pedagogy which can cultivate the very best for their children.

Are there cultural celebrations or practices you will incorporate into your HEI Schools?

Yes. Understanding and appreciating our roots and culture is vital for Indonesia’s future generation.

How do you feel about incorporating HEI mentor teachers in your school?

It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn and exchange ideas for both sides. We believe that each country/market is unique, hopefully with this global HEI families community we all can join forces in contributing to the future of education. Along with HEI mentor teachers, Indonesia’s education community and parents can have a better understanding towards Finnish ECEC. This is one of the key importance in combining knowledge for our teacher’s training program.

What will be the age group of the children attending your HEI Schools?

18 months - 6 years old

What are your future plans or dreams for HEI Jakarta?

We have a common belief as HEI Schools where every child deserves high quality early childhood education, we aim to be accessible for as many children as possible. Our dream is not only to open many locations in different formats but also to provide the right eco-system for current and future educators to partake. Bill Gates quoted “the brilliant minds of the future will focus on more metaphysical questions: how do we make people happier? How do we create meaningful connections? How do we help everyone live a fulfilling life?”. We hope that we can be a part of nurturing Indonesian children who are not only capable of adapting to the changing world, but changing the world themselves.

Any hopes or fears about your new project?

It’s a very mixed feelings journey. We strongly believe that we have the best talent possible taking part in this project, together with HEI Jakarta family, we are going to accomplish and overcome all the hopes & fears. Wish us luck!

Please add anything additional you would like to share about HEI Jakarta and about yourselves!

To all passionate individuals in Indonesia who are interested to take part in our journey, please do reach out to us! HEI Schools Jakarta look forward to collaborating with educators and individuals from various disciplines in defining the future of education in Indonesia.

Iiris Halme