Septi Peni Wulandani

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Septi Peni Wulandani was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Septi has developed a comprehensive education system that allows mothers to teach their young children at home, meeting the developmental needs of their children and addressing their own needs at the same time. Her fun learning methods for counting and reading are based on singing, dancing, and engaged interaction. Not only does her home-based education system lay important building blocks for children’s intellectual development, but it also addresses their physical, social, and emotional needs. Housewives who learn her simple techniques become better educators for their children and enhance their position within their families and their communities. This improves the self-esteem of a group that has long been discriminated against and socially undervalued.
In addition to teaching mothers how to teach their children, the housewife groups Septi’s foundation facilitates enables women to support one another. Women in her groups work together to produce learning tools and other materials that generate income. She is currently developing programs for mothers familiar with her educational program to train other mothers in her method. Septi is working with the National Ministry for Women’s Affairs to adopt and replicate her work on a broader scale.
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