Many think that the teacher's job is only to teach. In fact, it’s also important to teach life skills.
This was stated by Nurasia, Principal of SMK 1 Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, one of Asian Agri's school partners which has been part of the Sekolah Sawit Lestari program since 2016.
Sekolah Sawit Lestari sees schools near plantations partner with Asian Agri to teach sustainable oil palm farming. "The plantation agribusiness major is one of the favorites at SMK 1 Pangkalan Kerinci,” said Nurasia.
“Our school is surrounded by oil palm plantations, so many students are also children of smallholders or local residents whose lives depend on oil palm. The combination of theory and direct practice in the field are really needed.”
Twice a week, Asian Agri’s team visits SMK 1 Pangkalan Kerinci to provide motivation and teaching both in the classroom and in the field.