Education Focus Program [EFP] An independent curriculum at grassroots level

By Irene Agrivina [Indonesia], Vincentius ‘Venzha’ Christiawan [Indonesia] and Deanna Herst [Netherland]

Coordinator : Irene Agrivina [Indonesia]

EFP is a program carried out by HONF – House Of Natural Fiber, a non-profit organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Yogyakarta is a unique city that is well known for the cultural and historical heritage and one of the main education city in Indonesia. EFP conducted independently during a period of more than 12 years. The EFP is a curriculum that concentrates on interdisciplinary scientific exchange and collaboration in the critical analysis of issues that arise from existing circumstances. This triggers the processing of innovative ideas to find the best solution for the problems in the society. The EFP mainly aims to build an open mindset and mentality in society by bridging the arts, science and technology through educational activities in a continuous nature that compromise each other.

HONF methodology in implementing EFP to Yogyakarta society is mostly concerned to the needs of cross-collaborative actions responding to technology development and practical use in daily life. Inadequate infrastructure and conditions in Indonesia especially in terms of technological usage and working methods has created innovative responds from the society. Sustainable actions were done to systematically expand or convert accessible technology to be used as multifunctional and cross-functional tools. By working in diversity as a unity, this curriculum try to enrich innovative ideas and creations; enlarge educational scopes in a flexible working methodology. EFP conducted independently in the grassroots level and community base working method. HONF deliberately designed EFP as the main guide in planning and implementing activities that are consistent and sustainable of all a new initiative and focuses on educative activities in the form of; Learning by Sharing, Learning by Exchanging, Learning by Serving, and Learning by Doing.