Nurokhim Nurokhim

Ashoka Fellow
Depok Depok, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2014


This profile was prepared when Nurokhim Nurokhim was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Based on his experience living in the street as a child, Rokhim has developed a holistic approach to meet street children’s needs and enable them to develop into balanced adults by having a substitute family structure, access to education, life skills, and vocational training to enter the job market. By mobilizing the wider society– volunteers, alumni, students, parents, schools, lawyers and other partners - Rokhim is raising awareness about a problem that affects the entire nation and is reactivating disappearing traditional cooperative values in society. He is bringing full citizenship to street children who have been systemically discriminated against by society and is empowering dysfunctional street families with parenting, education, healthcare and micro enterprise support.

Rokhim involves the children’s families in the general welfare of street children, mixing fee-paying children with street children, and recruiting teachers with empathy for the children’s experience of school. His school is open every day of the year. He is also extending his work to children in prison who are mainly underfed and negotiates with the government for remission for children who attend classes. He is measuring the effectiveness of his strategy.

His main school, called Master School, is already a showcase for imitators. The West Java Province has adopted part of Rokhim’s model as the Special Education Service for children with special needs who can now have access to life skills based education. It has also acknowledged that students from the School and related informal schools can participate in the national exams. The Master School approach has also become part of the rehabilitation program for prisons. In addition, Rokhim is advocating a national regulation to allow Isbat Marriage (marriage for couples already living together) for street children’s parents. With this, street children will automatically have their birth certificates and identity cards issued, which is currently a major obstacle to getting into school.

His successful model has moved volunteers to replicate it. There are now five independent Schools using his model in Bekasi, Bogor, Bandung, and East Jakarta. International civil society organizations such as World Education and Hope for our Children have also replicated the model. Other countries such as Thailand, Japan, and South Korea and the United Nations have visited the School to learn about it. To expand his impact, Rokhim plans to set up a Master University and Business School dedicated to street and marginalized children.
The Problem
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