Millions of children cannot attend school because of poverty, discrimination, quality of education or because they are too hungry to study. These children leave school before they have acquired the basic skills and knowledge they need to live successfully in society. In schools in Indonesia there is often a lack of the most basic equipment and materials to enable the children to have a carefree education
Ailing schools in Indonesia that are in need of renovation are unfortunately not uncommon. Due to the harsh rainy season, the buildings usually cannot withstand the heavy rains, as there is not enough money to build the school buildings in a stable and safe manner from the start.
Teachers in Indonesia are extremely underpaid, so that they pursue other activities in order to secure a livelihood and have to neglect lessons. The lack of teachers has an extreme effect on the level of knowledge of the students, so that missed learning content can rarely be made up for.
Due to poverty, the children in Indonesia have to support their parents with fieldwork from an early age so that there is enough food for the family. School lessons are very often skipped or not attended at all in order to prepare warm meals for family members or provide expensive medical supplies.