Factors Which Contribute to Students' Persistence: A Study on "Sahabat Anak" Non-Formal School for Marginal Children

  • Natalia Ajiningtyasasih Department of Social Welfare, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia
  • Fentiny Nugroho Department of Social Welfare, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia
Keywords: student persistence, non-formal school, school drop out, marginal children

Abstract

Generally, the school drop-out rate of marginal children is high. However, some of them have high persistence and can complete their education. This research aims to describe the factors that play a crucial role in forming student persistence and analyze efforts and challenges encountered by Pusat Kegiatan Anak (PKA/Children’s Activity Center) “Sahabat Anak” in maintaining and increasing their students' persistence. This study used a qualitative approach with descriptive research. Data collection techniques employed are in-depth interviews and documentary studies involving four school alumni who have continued their education to formal schools, two teachers, and two education staff of PKA “Sahabat Anak” Non-formal School. This study finds that social support from parents and closest people is a very significant factor in building the persistence of students of  PKA “Sahabat Anak” Non-formal School. The School makes efforts to build children's persistence by conducting quarterly evaluations, parental training, and a home visit. However, influences from the social environment become a big challenge for these efforts. Social workers shall play a key role in addressing these issues.

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Published
2020-07-27
How to Cite
Ajiningtyasasih, N. and Nugroho, F. (2020) “Factors Which Contribute to Students’ Persistence: A Study on "Sahabat Anak" Non-Formal School for Marginal Children”, Asian Social Work Journal, 5(2), pp. 17 - 24. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/aswj.v5i2.137.
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