On June 6, 2012, RUPI gained four new facilitators, its first in the world’s fourth most populous nation, Indonesia. As it happens, Indonesia is also the largest mainly Islamic nation in the world, and all four of our new facilitators are Muslim.
The photograph shows the four of them along with Right Use of Power Institute founder, Cedar Barstow, their trainer. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Gunarjo Budi, Ms. Hestu Rahmayani, Cedar, Ms. Acha Patty, and Mrs. Endah Andayani. Here’s a little about each.
Gunarjo Suryanto Budi was born in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia in 1961. After an initial degree from the March 11th University in his hometown, he went on for further study at the University of New England, Australia, and the Technical University of Delft, Holland, where he received his Ph.D. in Physics. Today he teaches Physics at the University of Palangkaraya, Indonesian Central Borneo, and serves as co-principal of the nearby Bina Cita Utama (BCU) private school. “Dr. Gun” is married and has two sons.
Hestu Rahmayani was born near the city of Solo in 1984. She received her B.A. in Primary Education from the University of Palangkaraya. Her professional experience includes service as an assistant teacher at the New Zealand and the Australian International Schools, both in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. She currently teaches pre-school and primary courses at BCU. She is also the secretary-treasurer for the Central Borneo Region of Subud Indonesia, part of the international spiritual association of Subud.
Acha Patty, born in Jakarta in 1983, received her B.A. in Indonesian Literature from the State University in Malang, in East Java. Before beginning her teaching career, she worked as an announcer for Andalus Radio, also in Malang, and as a program director for Star Radio. Besides Kindergarten, she has taught primary and secondary school in Java and is currently teaching primary and middle-school classes at the BCU School in Central Java, where she has also served as an English-Indonesian translator for several projects led by RUPI facilitator Ren Feldman.
Endah Dwi Andayani, born in the Central Javanese city of Purwokerto in 1973, received a bachelor’s degree in Management Economics from the General Soedirman University in her hometown. After serving as marketing head for a Korean firm in Jakarta, she moved to Central Borneo (Kalimantan), where she took a job as office manager at the BCU School just as it was starting up. She has served in this role for the past seven years. She is married and has three sons, one of whom attends BCU.
All four new facilitators feel confident about their ability to teach basic Right Use of Power workshops. Initially they intend to work as a team. Once they gain some experience, however, they will likely work on their own or in pairs. When asked what she thought about these new RUPI facilitators in a “new” RUP country, Cedar smiled and commented, “Watch out, Indonesia!”