4 December 1884|
Cicalengka, Dutch East Indies
|Died||11 September 1947
Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia
|Spouse(s)||R. Kd. Agah Suriawinata|
|Awards||National Heroine of Indonesia|
Dewi Sartika (4 December 1884 – 11 September 1947) was the leading figure and pioneer for the education for women in Indonesia. She founded the first school for women in Dutch East Indies. She was acknowledge as a National Hero by the Indonesian government in 1966.
Dewi Sartika was born into a Sundanese state, R. Rangga Somanegara and R. A. Rajapermas in Cicalengka, on 4 December 1884. As a child, after school she often pretended to be a teacher while playing with her friends. After her father dead, she lived with her uncle. She got education of Sundanese culture from her uncle. Also she got Western culture from a wife of resident assistant. In 1899, she moved to Bandung.
On 16 January 1904, she founded a school named Sekolah Isteri at Bandung Regency's Pendopo and later moved to Jalan Ciguriang and the school name changed to Sekolah Kaoetamaan Isteri (Wife Eminency School) in 1910. In 1912, there are nine Sekolah Kaoetamaan Isteri in cities or regencies in West Java (half of the cities and regencies), and in 1920 all of cities and regencies has one school. In September 1929, her school changed its name to Sekolah Raden Dewi.
Her name Dewi Sartika is known for the street that was the place of her school. She was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau at the 35th anniversary of Sekolah Kaoetamaan Isteri as a tribute of her service in education. On 1 December 1966, she received Heroine of the National Movement title.
In 1906, she married to Raden Kanduruhan Agah Suriawinata, a teacher at Sekolah Karang Pamulang.
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