The Misool Community Education Program prioritizes early childhood education in local villages and is at the heart of our conservation philosophy. In 2011, in partnership with Seacology and WildAid, Misool Foundation built a kindergarten in the village of Fafanlap, about 75 minutes from Misool resort island in South Raja Ampat.
The village of Fafanlap had reported low student retention and anecdotal interviews with teachers indicated that the students were not suitably prepared to benefit from their classes.
The kindergarten helps kids 4 to 6 prepare for school through a curriculum that increases student literacy and subsequently reduces student dropout rates. The Kindergarten now has 44 registered students and employs three teachers who focus on learning through play and teaching the children about the environment.