In 2004 BPSW launched programs in Indonesia to support and further develop professional Social Workers. Indonesia's government and people are uniquely positioned to support an industry of professionally trained Indonesian Social Workers to assist local communities.
Democratic political reform in 1999 has empowered elected governors in the country's 30 provinces to address social problems unique to their region. Indonesia's national leaders are progressive and reform-minded. Several universities are now offering master's and doctorate degrees in Social Work, using curriculum developed with the help of BPSW.
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Awarding scholarships to social work students at local colleges and universities
Providing full tuition scholarships to Indonesian students for the study of professional social work.
Increasing access to current social work literature and research
BPSW is collaborating with the Indonesian Government, the Indonesian Association of Social Work Education and McGill University, to select, translate and publish textbooks for courses in the bachelor level core curriculum.
To promote a culture of publication and presentation for social work -- Articles will be edited and translated by local faculty and Social Work Professionals for submission into international journals.
The challenges remain huge.
BPSW began working in Indonesia in 2004 and joined its parent agency, Building Bridges to the Future Foundation in 2005, when it became one of the first private agencies to offer support in Aceh, Indonesia.