For Magdalena Eda Tukan, who graduated from Trisakti University’s School of Engineering in Jakarta four years ago, returning to her home town in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) after trying her luck in the nation’s capital city has been a life-long dream.
Unlike many university graduates her age who aspire to succeed in a bustling metropolis like Jakarta, Magdalena chose to use her experience and knowledge to improve living conditions in her remote home town.
As soon as she arrived in East Flores, she joined the local Simpasio Institut, which focuses on archiving historically significant documents in the region. The Simpasio Institut was founded 30 years ago by her father, Bernad Tukan, from whom she inherited her concern for education.
Known for his penchant for collecting historical and cultural documents, Bernad formed the Simpasio Institut as an archival foundation that aids the island of Flores to plan and organize various educational programs for the public.
One of the Simpasio Institut’s well-known contributions to the public is the Children’s Literacy Movement. Adamant about realizing her dream to improve her home town, Magdalena decided to continue the movement after her father retired because of deteriorating health.
Through her work, Magdalena said she was thrilled to find that local residents were enthusiastic about literature. Because of its increasing popularity, the movement would later expand to other parts of East Flores, improving literacy among indigenous children in the process.
Magdalena chose sorghum grain as the main ingredient because she thought it provided more nutrients than the average factory-produced flour. In addition, she said cakes and cookies made from sorghum grain would last much longer than those made from regular flour.
#####IMG000000001#####Madgalena Eda Tukan (JP/Hendrikus Sura)