Please join us for lunch to hear from Atlas Network Senior Fellow and CIPS Founder Rainer Heufers about how the private sector is providing quality education in the poorest districts of Indonesia's capital.

65 million Indonesian children need high quality school education for a better future, but Indonesian public schools fail to serve their needs. The national education policy tries to fix the system, but it ignores the role of private schools that are educating the poor. The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) found several private schools in the poorest districts of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. These schools educate about 2,500 students from low-income households, many of whom would otherwise be without education. CIPS Executive Director Rainer Heufers tells the fascinating story how CIPS discovered these schools that were never considered to exist. He explains the plans of CIPS to expand the research into six provinces of the country. Once CIPS completes the analysis of the nationwide situation, they will formulate specific policy proposals. They will suggest how to ensure and facilitate the involvement of the private sector in school education in order to give young Indonesian children a brighter future.

Please join us at noon for drinks, and we will sit for lunch at 12:20 p.m. and conclude by 2:00 p.m.


Rainer Heufers is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decisionmaking processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government. 

Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.

He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations. He lives in Indonesia.