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Intro


Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre

Building a community in the middle of an unknown journey.

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Intro


Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre

Building a community in the middle of an unknown journey.

About the School

The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre (CRLC) is a refugee established and managed school located just outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. It has been operating since August 2014 and now has 6 classrooms, 12 teachers, 6 administration staff and nearly 200 students - all refugees.

Between 8-2pm the CRLC has 122 children between 5-17 years old. In the afternoons we teach basic English to 59 older women, many of whom are illiterate even in their native language. We are also trialling online classes in the afternoons for 24 adults, which are supported by the Refugee Council of Australia and volunteer Australian teachers. The CRLC provides extra curriculum activities like football and excursions for the students.

The school is supported by Australian non-profit Cisarua Learning Limited.

Since starting it has attracted support from Australia and around the world. The school is regularly visited by Australian University students, academics, teachers, artists, authors, filmmakers, journalists and other interested individuals. It has presented positive media stories in numerous television, radio and print publications.

 
 
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The Community


The Community


About the Community

There are approximately 5000, mainly Hazara, refugees living near Cisarua, Indonesia.

Persecuted by the Taliban, they have sold everything they own, and borrowed as much as they can to get to Indonesia. With people- smuggling boats no longer going to Australia, they must hope to make it through the long and opaque United Nations resettlement process. It could take years, and there is no road back.

On 2014, a small group decided to start a school, The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre. Unbelievably, through the school, the refugees found they were having the best days of their lives. Instead of sleeping all day, they got up early to go to class and to prepare lessons. Parents made lunches and delivered their kids to school, proud that they were able to provide an education for their children. They even started a school football tournament, and the female teachers played football for the first time in their lives.

Underneath all this excitement and optimism is the reality that they are refugees. They cannot work in Indonesia, or be resettled there. The school is not officially registered and could be closed at any moment. Any financial or medical emergency could mean complete disaster for the families, and the Taliban continue to kill and bomb their relatives and friends back in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

They are in the middle of a real life gamble, and the stakes could not be higher. If they are not successful, there are no second chances.

The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre gives them hope, a sense of community, an identity, and an education.

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About CL Inc.


About CL Inc.


About Cisarua Learning Limited.

Cisarua Learning Limited is a non-profit association (currently applying for DGR status and a PBI), established to support the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre (CRLC), and to build an outreach and advocacy campaign within Australia.

Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre started in a small house in August 2014. An Australian couple paid the rent. The parents contributed $2.50 dollars each to pay for carpet, whiteboards and other teaching materials, and some of the women in the community volunteered to teach. In only a few days the school had 50 students.

New students arrived everyday and the waiting list became longer and longer. When the original lease ran out, the community found another larger space and the rent on that property was paid informally by a small group of Australians.

Since then the CRLC has received support from many places. Cisarua Learning Inc is designed the formalise this support, and to direct donations to the school in an official and transparent manner.

Cisarua Learning Limited. has a board including Jolyon Hoff, Caroline Sage, Muzafar Ali, Melanie Morrison, Simon Taaffe and Lucy Fiske 

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Support


Support


Support

There are two ways you can support the school.

1. At Documentary Australia Foundation you can make a tax-deductible donation to our outreach screening program. We plan to screen The Staging Post to as many Australians as possible and this is the centrepiece of our planned advocacy campaign in the 2nd half of 2017 and 2018.. Watch an extract here.

2. The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre is more than a school, it's the representation of an idea that Australians and refugees can connect and support each other. In the future we plan to support more refugee initiatives. You can make a donation to Cisarua Learning Limited at the link below. Cisarua Learning Limited is an Australian registered non-profit company established to support the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre. We are in the process of applying for DGR status. Donations are not tax-deductible until we have completed this process.

If you have any questions please contact us at admin@cisarualearning.com.

 
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Annual Report 2015 - 2016


Annual Report 2015 - 2016


Our Annual Report

What an incredible 18 months it's been since we started Cisarua Learning Inc.! (now Cisarua Learning Limited)

We are so proud to present our first Annual Report. Thank you to everyone, especially the teachers, managers, students and their parents from the CRLC. Their bravery and dedication, while living in the middle of a such an unknown and difficult journey, is an inspiration to us all. It’s an honour to represent you. Your hard work is inspiring people all around the world.

Please enjoy this update from Cisarua Learning Inc.(now Cisarua Learning Limited)

From deep in our hearts we thank everyone for their support.

Yours Sincerely

Jolyon Hoff and Muzafar Ali

 

 

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The Board Members of Cisarua Learning


The Board Members of Cisarua Learning


More photographs from the school


More photographs from the school