It doesn’t matter which school; the important thing is that the school diploma is legitimate. There is no need to be inferior because of school diplomas, because the important thing is refined knowledge.
When she graduated from the Mitra Reformasi Junior High School in 2005 in Kembangan, West Jakarta, Neneng Julia Rizky was immediately searching for another school. Sadly, some of the private high schools she went to, cost a fortune. Unfortunately, to enter the public school, her grades were not good enough. She was restless. The desire to go to school was burning up within her. However, if the cost was expensive, where could she get the money?
In the midst of her anxiety, a friend told her about Rumah Belajar (RB) in Duri Kepa. Neneng enthusiastically listened in that Rumah Belajar provided learning facilities. She immediately went to Rumah Belajar (RB) Duri Kepa. She fell in love at the first sight, and decided to continue her education at RB owned by YCAB Foundation. Its complete facilities, on par with regular schools, made Neneng excited. Her parents were supportive, especially because the cost of learning was very affordable, and the location was not far from home.
Neneng took the Package C class, the equivalent of high school. Her studying schedule remained like a regular school, from morning to noon. “In the early days there was a sense of shock, because it was different than public schools. Especially at that time, Rumah Belajar was newly established, with only a few students. I belong to an early generation of students in Rumah Belajar Duri Kepa,” Neneng said.
Opening Up Opportunities
The advantage of going to Rumah Belajar was it offered vocational courses for its students, so that students could have a choice of activities other than learning. Neneng did not waste the opportunity, immediately joining the salon course. She learned that she had the patience and thoroughness doing hair care and body treatments. When Neneng was in the third grade, Rumah Belajar awarded a scholarship program for a course in Rudi Hadisuwarno Salon. The course was conducted in Bulungan, Blok M, South Jakarta.
The youngest child is identified as a spoiled child, but not so with Neneng. On the contrary, she is very independent and she makes her parents proud.
After graduation, the scholarship recipients were assigned to be trainers at Rumah Cantik (RC) salon in Kedoya, West Jakarta. “Two friends and I were selected by the teacher to receive the scholarship. So, towards the final exam, my schedule was overwhelming. I must study for exams as well as the course,” Neneng recalled.
But Neneng stayed encouraged. She even spurred herself to be more active and more diligent. In the mornings, she attended Rumah Belajar Duri Kepa. In the afternoons, she was in Blok M for the course. “Sometimes I stayed in late,” said Neneng. The routine ran from Monday to Friday. “Schools and coursework were draining. Sometimes I had to struggle not to fall asleep,” Neneng recalled.
I never thought that I could get a scholarship.
She understood, only with such hard work that she could change the life of her family. Hard work always brought brilliant results. Neneng passed the equivalent of high school and passed the exam course in Rudi Hadisuwarno Salon. She soon became a trainer at RC. By becoming a trainer, she could automatically earn her own income. At such a young age, as a high school graduate, Neneng managed to be independent, no longer dependent on her parents. Neneng was excited about her days as a trainer. She enjoyed the process of sharing knowledge with others. Students studying in RC were not only limited to students in Rumah Belajar only, but there were also general students.
Neneng pioneered the opening of a salon serving the general public. In this salon, students could practice what they had learned. This was certainly a fun new challenge, because students used non-mannequin models. If clients were not satisfied, they could complain. But, on the bright side, clients paid for the services of the students. “I taught and served customers. I also oversaw students who were serving clients. If there was something wrong, I jumped in and helped out,” said Neneng. As a trainer at RC, Neneng became a part of YCAB.
As she earned money working, so she was able to finance her own tuition in Universitas Indonesia Esa Unggul, majoring in Public Relations. Unfortunately, due to time and space constraints, RC’s “open to all” salon did not last long. Due to many obstacles, the existence of RC was restored again as before, as a place of learning. By 2015, she was moved to the YCAB Business Lab section. Business Lab is a kind of program that prepares business plans from several courses held by RB so that every program is sustainable. What she is doing right now is the Business Lab for Rumah Jahit. As a coordinator, Neneng should try to cover the operational cost of Rumah Jahit. She is to market a variety of Rumah Jahit’s products. “There are 11 products made from the basic material of denim. Pouches, yoga mats, clutches, iPad cases … we can make it all,” said Neneng. She also came up with new ideas, such as combining denim with batik or songket. “The majority of consumers are companies. And companies can place orders from Rumah Jahit, because the orders are quite a lot. Additionally, we also receive goody bag orders,” she added.
Optimistically Looking at The Future
Both parents are very proud of Neneng’s achievements. Of course, at a relatively young age, Neneng has managed to finance her own college tuition. As the youngest daughter, she has proved her determination to be independent. The girl born on July 17, 1990 shows the advantages of studying in Rumah Belajar. “If there are neighbors who are having financial difficulties, I encourage them to attend Rumah Belajar. I always emphasize that Rumah Belajar is good,” said Neneng.
She felt the confidence and opportunity to learn in Rudy Hadisuwarno Salon as a golden opportunity that was beneficial for the journey of her life. When the neighbors held a wedding, Neneng was trusted to handle bridal makeup as well as the bride’s family. “The price is reasonable,” said Neneng. “But I am happy, because my skills can be useful to others.” She is grateful to be able to get extra allowance from her makeup and hair styling services. Neneng believes that Rumah Belajar helped her get to where she is now. “The confidence from YCAB for the course in Rudi Hadisuwarno makes me feel lucky and this is my motivation to continue studying non-stop,” Neneng explained gratefully.