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Indonesia: Getting a head start in pre-school sector - The Straits Times

When education consultant Josephine Tan moved to Jakarta 12 years ago to work at a Singapore-run pre-school, she got a culture shock. "The pace was really slower, and I couldn't cope. Why was everybody so relaxed?" she tells The Sunday Times. "But the space and opportunity to thrive and make mistakes were fantastic." Thrive she did. Today, she runs her own pre-school, Learning Hands, in North Jakarta. Set up two years ago with an Indonesian investor, it offers a Singapore-style curriculum to middle-class Indonesians, who pay $4,000 a year in fees. Singapore is the largest investor in Indonesia, with its companies pumping in US$7.1 billion (S$10 billion) in the first nine months of last year. While many big companies are represented, there are also many small players like Ms Tan, 49. She put down $60,000 of her savings, hiring Singaporean pre-school teachers to craft a prog...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-getting-a-head...

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