Tunas Jaya was established and founded by the late Ibu Sulikah Pone in 1976. She was an elementary school teacher before coming up with a vision and dream of building this school. When she conceived the idea, she deliberately chose the red-light district area because she wanted the children born in the area have a proper education. However, not only she wanted to provide the education, she did not want the children to get into the same situation as their parents (or mother in this case). She wanted to have a school which is safe for the children too.
At the present, the school is managed by Ibu Ani (Ibu Pone's daughter-in-law) with the help of three other teachers. The school hours are Monday to Saturday from 7am to 11am.
During the construction, Ibu Pone literally built the school herself as she did not have an architect to help her at that time. She even taught some of the teachers how to use hammers and nails to do some repairs on the building. In doing so, they could continue the education process without having to hire the costly and sometimes not-satisfactory outside help.
Upon seeing and understanding the mission statement of this school, Generasi Peduli Foundation (GPF) believes that Tunas Jaya is a good ground to plant seeds on. GPF would like to support them in raising funds to finance the school.
GPF had initiated a program called "Sekolah Cerdas" (Smart School) in which all funds received through the fundraising will be allocated to repairing the infrastructure of the school. GPF believes with the Sekolah Cerdas initiative, it can create a proper and conducive environment for the students to study. GPF itself has a program called Bocah Cerdas (Smart Child) where it has pledged sponsors to support the kids.