Agriculture for Better Education and Humanity

Agus Arifin Institute

1. No Poverty 2. Zero Hunger 4. Quality Education 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Overview

In 2007 Agus Arifin established AAI (Agus Arifin Institute) foundation engaged in community empowerment, through education TPQ (Taman Pendidikan Al Quran) and the development of databases of books for Usthad / scholars of religious study in the village / town needs references.

In running the foundation, the revenue comes mostly from the area of ​​Agriculture, the Printing and Publishing, and the Media production (as the supporting program).

The main vision of AAI is to contribute in raising up youth generation with a high quality world's class of education, with a balance of mental, intellectual and spiritual mental aptitude. It is also important to raise up a young generation who is capable in adapting to the environment, skilled, and free from poverty and ignorance. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. This foundation is not only caring about children's education, but also social environment such as natural environment, and humanity issues.

Author

Selo Purna Atmani

Selo Purna Atmani

School

IPMI International Business School

IPMI International Business School

Professor

Amelia Naim Indrajaya

Amelia Naim Indrajaya

Innovation

AAI has a variety of business areas such as Education, Agricultural and Plantation, Book Publishing and Media Unit (Broadcasting) which are integrated. In Agricultural aspect:

- Using compost / manure for rice cultivation (eco green)

- Every 3 years of harvest, the land rested for lower levels of acidity, replaced with legumes

- Doing Intensification by technology development such as cultivation, post-harvest processing, packing processing, and using mechanization drying technology (heater blower), so that despite the rain, grain quality is maintained and excellent

In Education aspect:

- Educational cheap but still qualified, even several children who less disadvantaged do not pay at all

- E-learning system

- Adopted the competency-based curriculum

- Adopted the curriculum 2013 version of the Ministry of Education and Culture

- Less paper, children have become accustomed to learn not using the book

In Printing and Media aspects:

- Workers shouldn’t to come to the office, it can be done remotely

- Printing school books for children if it is necessary

- Making a digital game creation


AAI has future plans such as increasing the area of the ​​land, intensifying the technology development in Logistics aspect (Supply Chain), creating a school to higher level (from elementary to university), integrating education with the agriculture science both in formal and informal education, develop “ecotourism” program in the institution area by sharing profits with the community, and also development of media like online news & TV-streaming, which is integrated between formal and informal education

Agriculture for Better Education and Humanity

Inspiration

Obtained from his father, who was a farmer, a person who would never let the soil be abandoned, "Encouraging people around the area to jointly show kindness to the society, in order to obtain blessings in this world and the hereafter". He felt responsible to humanity not only in education but also pay attention to the preservation of nature and while still getting profit

-Paying attention to the conditions around the location of schools in Banten that need to be optimized

-The level of people's lives around the school that still need attention

-Inspiration also come when the founder did a benchmark at Wine plantation in Korea, he wants to integrate the Agriculture aspect while maintaining education (competency-based) although his educational background is in Chemical Engineering

Overall impact

1. & 2. No Poverty & Zero Hunger : encouraging local community to get a job. Bringing local communities with low income, have no assets, have no land, but have the skills to manage large farms around ​​5 hectares, each hectare is managed by one family. Production costs and other costs funded by the foundation. Yields are divided between AAI and community who manage it, respectively 50%. People who previously did not have the capital and get loans from foundations, will be able to pay it back without any interest

4. Quality Education : teaching disadvantages children to get better education. Since its establishment in 2007, there are 20 students who already graduated from senior high school. Currently, the total student amounts to approximately 130 people. The foundation will still accommodate any student who wants to learn but less capable

8. Decent work and economic growth : By doing profit sharing program, it will be beneficial not only for them who works there, but also their families, their communities and the economy, since the foundation and the community are also obliged to pay zakat (a religious obligation or tax in Islam religion)

10. Reduces inequality within and among countries : it is not only helping local communities (people and children) but also the government as national food security, and increasing the competence of the farmers in doing agriculture

11. Sustainable cities and communities : Making cities inclusive, safe for live, resilient and sustainable

13. Climate action : by keeping the environment and using solar technology (eco green) for rice processing

15. Life on land : Sustainably managed halt and reserve land degradation, maintaining fertility of agricultural land by doing land rejuvenation every 3 years

17. Partnership for the goals : made a cooperation with Bulog (food agency in Indonesia) and several supermarkets

Business benefit

Education and food is an important things in one’s life. Food prices will never go down, it will be always rise. Nobody in this world who do not need food, but if we stay put through improvement and innovation in seeds, a good methodology and technology, it would definitely able to produce high qualified yields that will be given profit for us. The foundation already get cooperation with several rice distributors, Bulog (food agency in Indonesia) and supermarkets. This agriculture participated in contributing to food security on a regional basis (Banten). Agriculture is fully support the foundation in implementing education programs and also for humanity

Social and environmental benefit

Benefit for Community:

1. An affordable and open foundation is provided to educate the young people who have balance mentality between the intellectual and spiritual mental aptitude and and raise up young generation who capable in adapting to the environment, skilled, and free from poverty and ignorance

2. Create Jobs, a foundation provides lots of beneficial by encouraging local communities to jointly manage the farm

3. Give children and people better knowledge, dignity, pride, to have a better chance in life

Benefit for Government:

1. Helping the government in national food security in the province of Banten, and decent work and economic growth

2. Helping the government in terms of hacking poverty and ignorance, and serve quality education

Benefit for Environment:

1. Preserve and land use by agriculture that beneficial for local communities and national food security

2. Maintaining fertility of agricultural land by doing land rejuvenation every 3 years

Interview

Agus Arifin, Founder of AAI

Agus Arifin, Founder of AAI

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Agus Arifin Institute

Agus Arifin Institute

Tangerang, Banten, ID

Business Website: http://gusarifin.com

Year Founded: 2007

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Starting from dissatisfaction and concerned to see the learning process of the Al Qur'an in general have not been able to read the Qur'an properly, KH. Ir Agus Arifin inspired to make observations and assess it carefully where it turns out the methods used by teachers and counselors Qur'an shown less in accordance with the rules of tajwid science. That's what pushed KH. Ir. Agus Arifin to established Taman Pendidikan Al Quran (TPQ) Al Fath in 2007 intended to meet the educational needs of the Al Qur’an literacy for children kindergarten and elementary and exploit the potential of religious teachers in the AAI (Agus Arifin Institute). AAI foundation also engaged in community empowerment, and the development of databases of books if there Usthad / scholar in the village / town who needs the Book / Reference, In running the foundation, the funds gained by doing business mostly in the area of ​​Agriculture, and the Printing area as well as the Media (as supporting). The main vision of AAI is to contribute to raise up the younger generation in the world of education, which has balance mentality intellectual and spiritual mental aptitude, and raise up young generation who capable in adapting to the environment, skilled, and free from poverty and ignorance, because Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. This foundation not only caring about children education, but also social environment such as natural environment, and humanity