Jakarta. Non profit student exchange program Sabang Merauke announced a new program at the Annex building in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Established in 2013, the organization annually picks 15 students from remote areas in Indonesia to spend two weeks in Jakarta, meet people in the program and learn about diversity.
Entering its fourth year, founder Ayu Kartika Dewi said it saw an increase in enrollments from both students across Indonesia, as well as registration for mentors and host families in Jakarta.
"We built this group and worked hard to make this program come true because we wanted peaceful Indonesia. We simply believe that tolerance cannot be taught. It has to be felt and experienced," she said.
Over 1,170 students signed up for the program this year along with 445 mentors and 33 host families. Sabang Merauke will select 15 names in each category to participate in their annual program.
Managing director Irma Karlina said they have extended the length of stay from two to three weeks in Jakarta to fit more programs for participants. She is happy to see the increasing number, adding that they consider it a sign that more and more people put their faith in the mission of their organization.
"We are hoping this extension will increase the engagement between students, mentors and families, so students can learn about tolerance and share these values when they return home," she said.
A video on Sabang Merauke recently won the Good Story Pitch competition in Singapore for inspiring the world with their mission.