Wadah Foundation joins Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT

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Jakarta, Indonesia (03 Aug 2018) – The Wadah Foundation has joined the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Lab, launched in May of last year, promotes excellence and transformation in global education across the lifespan of the learner, through collaboratives at the pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning levels. The Wadah Foundation, which has joined the pK-12 Collaborative, is among a diverse group of initial members, including leading universities, major NGOs, and top companies.

Wadah Foundation partners with poverty-stricken individuals and communities around the world, primarily in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines. Wadah provides them access to education by empowering and equipping them to reach and implement practical and self-reliant solutions; to be able to meet their basic human needs in more efficient and sustainable ways. “Becoming a collaborative partner to like-minded organizations in J-WEL, which are committed to sharing their best, outcome-based practices are sure to help us in educating and empowering more people, more efficiently,” Mrs. Anie Djojohadikusumo, Founder and President of Wadah Foundation, explained. “We are elated about this prestigious opportunity to partner with others in the spirit of our motto: We grow to serve and we serve so that others may grow together with us,” she added. 

In addition to the Wadah Foundation, the pK-12 Collaborative, under the direction of MIT professors Angela Belcher and Eric Klopfer, has welcomed as members the Hong Kong-based nonprofit Catalyst Education Lab, Save the Children, educational technology company EnglishHelper (United States), and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations—including schools, universities, NGOs, government agencies, and companies—work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education. J-WEL is an initiative of MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded by MIT alumnus Mohammed Jameel ‘78. Community Jameel is dedicated to supporting social and economic sustainability across the Middle East.