shaping Aceh future of development
Education and training are central to building capacity and sustaining long-term economic development in tsunami-affected areas. Chevron and its partners have invested in several focused education and vocational training projects to address both immediate and longer-term needs, including the founding of a polytechnic school, the Politeknik Aceh.
A joint initiative of Chevron, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency, Politeknik Aceh opened its doors to students for the first time in 2008. The 9,000 square meters, 450-student facility was officially opened on February 23, 2009, by then Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Politeknik Aceh offers degrees in mechatronics, information technology, industrial electronics and accounting. More than 923 students have graduated from the Politeknik Aceh.
Chevron has spent approximately $6 million on the polytechnic, fully funding the construction of the facility. We contributed a total of $14.7 million for disaster recovery, which included the funding for the polytechnic and roughly $9 million to support long-term economic development and sustainable-growth initiatives. In addition, we were able to secure $15 million in partner funding. For instance, we partnered with the Indonesian Red Cross to provide organizational and human-capacity building for medical staff; with JHPIEGO to provide midwifery training in a cluster of villages in Aceh Besar; and with the Indonesia Heritage Foundation to provide teacher training and to open 30 new preschools in Aceh.