Ibe Karyanto

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Ibe Karyanto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Ibe has created a community-based alternative education and living center, Sanggar Anak Akar, for marginalized urban children. Unlike other such programs, Ibe’s idea is to encourage the children’s full participation in the governance and decision making of the center, empowering them to develop into responsible citizens and active community members. This entitlement promotes solidarity and empathy among the children, so that those who have grown up in Sanggar both care for younger children in their own communities and are encouraged to reach out to children in other communities as well. Currently, the center’s 80 child residents are impacting hundreds of other marginalized urban children throughout Jakarta through teaching, mentoring and performing. In a new model of community support, Ibe has created his center to be independent of donor agencies, relying on a wide circle of local volunteers.
Although the concept of putting children in charge is a radical idea in Indonesia, there is growing interest in it—but few concrete examples of how to put it into practice. Sanggar has become a reference for others who want to develop alternative education programs for marginalized children. People come from many Indonesian cities to observe and apprentice at the center, and Ibe and the Sanggar team hold road shows in other regions to share their approach and experience.
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