The Arus Kualan Traditional School

Preserving Local Wisdom

The Arus Kualan Traditional School

Protecting the Environment

About Us

Sakolah Adat is an informal education system in Indonesia Province Kalimantan Barat, Regency Ketapang in Simpang Hulu, which is designed to teach traditional knowledge and values to the younger generation.

Our Aim

The Arus Kualan Traditional School is a non-formal education institution that was established under the Arus Kualan Foundation in 2014. 


Learn traditional skill

In the Dayak community, children learn a variety of traditional skills from their elders. These skills include learning traditional songs, dances, Sangsang (stories), and writing. They also learn traditional games, gaining knowledge from elders about medicine and traditional food, and recording the names of plants and trees in the forest.

Mingle with nature

The forest is an important classroom for Dayak children, as they learn many valuable lessons about nature and their culture. Children learn about the importance of environmental conservation by planting trees and learning how to sustainably harvest forest resources. They also learn about traditional Dayak wisdom, such as finding vegetables from the forest and cooking them in the traditional way.

Participate in ritual

In addition to outdoor activities, Dayak children also participate in cultural activities such as attending traditional ceremonies and village rituals. These activities help to reinforce their connection to their heritage and strengthen their sense of community.

Literacy classes

While traditional skills are highly valued in the Dayak community, there is also an effort to balance modern and traditional knowledge. To this end, literacy classes are held for children to learn to read, write, and even foreign languages and computers.

Develop knowledge

In summary, Dayak children learn a wide range of skills and knowledge from their elders, both indoors and outdoors. They gain a deep appreciation for their culture and environment, and are able to balance modern and traditional knowledge as they grow and learn.

Traditional music

Bringing the younger generation to maintain the existence of tools traditional music in this modern era, traditional musical instruments is one of the assets owned by indigenous peoples.

Weaving, Embroidering and knitting beads

The children were invited back to do activities that were carried out by Dayak parents in ancient times, namely weaving.

Cooking traditionally using Bamboo

Indigenous peoples especially the Dayak have very attachment to the forest and nature strong. Forests are a source of life and natural supermarket, all their needs.

Plant Trees

Children are invited to take care of the earth with plant Trees. Especially that traditional children grow and develop with the forest and nature then they also have to take care of it to stay sustainable. At the Arus Kualan Traditional School, children are taught the importance of taking care of the earth by planting trees. This is especially important for the Dayak community, as their culture is closely tied to the forest and nature. As the children grow and develop with the forest, they also have a responsibility to ensure that it remains sustainable for future generations.

Dance and sangsangan (Traditional story)

Indigenous Education is an effort to maintain customs and their values, one of which is being done at the Arus Kualan Traditional School is inviting children to preserve dance and telling traditions and local stories which are called “Sangsangan” in Simpang Dayak language. 

Recording stories from the parents

Young people are invited to record and collect stories and traditional knowledge from parents in the village through writing, sound recordings, and documentaries. 


It cannot be denied that Indigenous peoples must face the era of modernization. Therefore, to prepare the younger generation of Indigenous peoples while maintaining their identity, then there needs to be a balance between traditional and modern knowledge, one of which is literacy.  

Our History

The learning process occurs asa result of the effort to develop knowledge, to change behavior, and to realizeself-potential. 

Kecamatan Simpang Hulu, Kabupaten Ketapang, Kalimantan Barat. Indonesia | Phone: +62 822 5654 2396| Email:

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