Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar/GIM (Indonesia Teaches Movement) is a collective effort in fulfilling Indonesia founding fathers’ promise in declaring nation independence through spreading out quality education to all over Indonesia. GIM does not pretend to solve all education problems in Indonesia, instead, encourage positive initiatives and interactions between individuals and communities.
Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar recruits and trains Indonesia’s best graduates to be deployed to various remote areas of Indonesia to teach for one year in elementary schools. These tightly selected individuals are called “Pengajar Muda ((“Young Teacher” or Educational Improvement Facilitator). Anies Baswedan founded Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar in 2009 to be an establishment beyond programmatic approach, with an aspiration to be a movement of Indonesian citizens to collaborate and take a part in improving education quality.
Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar does not simply encourage young people to become teachers. Through teaching experience, it also provides a means for these young people to learn about leadership as well as to sharpen their social awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by the country. Simply put, it gives them the tools for character building. When these young people complete their teaching service, they will be able to share this valuable experience in their workplace and in extension, inspire others.
Thus why our tagline is “setahun mengajar, seumur hidup menginspirasi” (teach for a year, inspire for a lifetime).i.