A recent World Bank, USAID, and UNDP study on the impact of the October 2002 terrorist attack on Bali's economy identified that the adverse impact on incomes and employment also had ramifications in the educational sector. Specific problems with families paying school fees, schools maintaining their educational standards with diminished revenues, and children forced to drop-out of the school system were among the main education-related problems identified by the study. An astounding 31.6% average island-wide drop-out rate was recorded in April 2003, with the worst affected regencies reporting rates as high as 60%. By comparison, drop-out rates prior to the October attack last year in the same districts ranged between 0 to 5%.
In order to try to stem the flow of school drop-outs in Bali and the grave consequences this situation portends for the future, the Bali International Women's Association (BIWA) is sponsoring a piano recital "Indonesian Pusaka" - performed by nationally famous entertainer Mr. Jaya Suprana on Saturday, December 6, 2003, at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel. Mr. Suprana is donating his performance for the evening to assist BIWA in their fund-raising drive to combat school drop-outs.
Tickets for the performance cost Rp. 75,000 for adults (approximately US$ 8.80) and Rp. 35,000 for students (approximately US$ 4.10). VIP tickets including a post concert on-stage cocktail reception with Mr. Suprana are available for Rp. 200,000 per person (approximately US$ 23.50).
Professional Event Management for the evening is provided by Bali Discovery Tours.
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