Najelaa Shihab

Founder, Sekolah Cikal

“Pendidikan adalah belajar, bergerak dan bermakna. Pendidik adalah kita, semua murid semua guru.” Najelaa Shihab’s aim in making a difference in reforming education, is driven by her effort to keep practicing what she preaches. 

Najelaa Shihab got her Bachelor and Master’s degree from Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia majoring in developmental and educational psychology. She established Cikal in 1999, currently serving thousands of students in 7 locations in different cities in Indonesia, from preschool until high schools and Kampus Guru. 

She was born on September 11th, 1976, nurtured in a loving family with strong record in contributing to bigger society. Elaa, her nick name, has three children. 

She founded and initiated many education organizations and communities. She believes that to accelerate access, quality and equality in Indonesia’s education, we need multiple sustainable strategies. Her current activities are Asosiasi Ibu Menyusui Indonesia (AIMI) since 2007, Keluarga Kita with RANGKUL (relawan keluarga kita) since 2012, Inibudi with Guru Berbudi since 2012, Komunitas Guru Belajar Nusantara since 2014, Pusat Studi Pendidikan dan Kebijakan (PSPK) in 2015, Sinedu since 2016 And Youthmanual in 2016. She and her passionate team also organize Pesta Pendidikan, a network to increase  collaboration between multiple stakeholders (government, educators/teachers, parents, students and other public sectors)