Padang, Sumatra Utara, Indonesia
Fellow Since 1985
This profile was prepared when Zukri Saad was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1985.
The New Idea
Saad proposes to revitalize the community of Kayutanam by focusing school curriculum and community development on applied appropriate technology. In a local high school he is demonstrating how ordinary students can develop in heart and hands as well as in mind so that upon graduation, they will be able to create rather than seek jobs. This educational vision entails not only building the whole person, but doing so in such a way that the graduates emerge with an unusually broad and integrated understanding of and ability to deal with their environment. In addition to educational revitalization, Saad and his colleagues are developing and introducing appropriate technologies into the village and surrounding communities.