NEGERI 1 BANDA ACEH RENOVATION PROJECT (Ex MULO School)
History of SMA Negeri 1 Banda
1 Banda Aceh was established on 1 September 1946 and is one of
the oldest and most prestigious senior high schools in Banda Aceh.
The building was used as MULO High school in the colonial era.
It is located in the heart of Banda Aceh near the esplanade. This
old Dutch public building was built in classical Greek temple
style. Formerly it had only three parts, but gradually other buildings
were added, so that now there are 24 classes plus facilities like
library, laboratories, offices, teachers' rooms, small mosque,
December 2004 Tsunami
tsunami destroyed vast areas of Banda Aceh. Many people lost their
lives, including teachers and students at the SMA Negeri 1 School.
The main building survived the tsunami, but the fence and surrounding
buildings were seriously damaged. 258 of the school's 1,158 pupils
were killed by the earthquake and tsunami and 23 of the 103 teachers
and staff died.
building itself suffered about 25 percent damages, for example,
broken windows and doors, broken sliding doors, etc. The fence
was totally destroyed. The school lost 100% its equipment, the
library and the furniture on the ground floor.
Situation in mid-2005
school was in dire need of equipment for the laboratory, such
as microscopes, tubes, as well as computers, printers and a photocopier.
It also needed an electricity generator, since there is still
no stable power supply and the electricity installation needs
repair. There is not a single computer available, whereas the
final exams for the year will be held in June.
pupils' organisation is still running, but the cooperative has
not yet restarted its activity since all the board members died
in the tsunami and all the data is gone. Several parties have
come to this school to do an assessment, including NGOs, government
and other institutions.
to repair the school
response to this situation, a project was proposed by members
of the Lestari Heritage Network. to rebuild this school, called
"SMA Negeri 1 Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Renovation
Project". Through the Lestari Network they got in touch with
Jean-Pierre Allain, a representative of the International Association
of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). He worked with them to produce
a solid project proposal that could be presented to donors. AIIC
had indicated its desire to help tsunami victims by funding part
of a reconstruction project.
project aimed to repair damaged parts of the buildings and to
supply some urgently needed equipment. It is planned that the
restored buildings which will be listed as protected heritage
was planned for a 3 month period (including 1 month preparation),
with the aim of completing work by 26 December 2005, a year after
the tsunami struck. In August 2005 AIIC provided some funding,
but that was not enough to complete the project. J-P. Allain managed
to find the additional funding needed to complete it, through
contacts in Switzerland.
is now completed: The building has been repaired; the fence has
been entirely rebuilt; 15 computers, computer desks and ancillaries,
plus a printer, a photocopier and a power generator have been
installed and are being used; laboratory equipment has been replaced.
A new library has been set up on the first floor. The previous
library was on the ground floor and was totally destroyed by the
is operating normally again and its enrollment is gradually growing,
as the community slowly recovers from this terrible disaster.
project was funded by:
International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) Geneva,
Solidarity Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland www.bonheur.ch
The project leader, Yenny Rahmayati, a member of Lestari Heritage
Network., contacted Jean-Pierre Allain, conference interpreter,
former President of the International Association of Conference
Interpreters (AIIC). He had been asked by AIIC to identify a small
project to which his association could contribute for the reconstruction
of infrastructure after the tsunami. Together they worked out
the project proposal. The total project budget exceeded the amount
donated by AIIC, so Jean-Pierre searched for additional sources
of funding. Through his contacts he obtained the balance of the
funds necessary for the project from the Swiss Solidarity Fund.
He worked with Yenny Rahmayati in the follow-up and financial
and narrative reports to donors.
International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) is
the only worldwide professional association of conference interpreters.
Founded in 1953 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, it establishes
the standards for professional conference interpretation, promotes
the profession and protects its members' interests.
Swiss Solidarity Fund (known in Switzerland by its French name
"Fondation Chaine du Bonheur") is a charity that collects
donations from Swiss citizens through its well-known TV programme.
All donations go towards relief operations in various parts of