Paul Grimes, dean of Kelce College of Business, spent part of winter break in Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of an international effort by the Global Economic Education Alliance to develop financial literacy for poor and vulnerable youth. His group was training teachers how to teach those skills to those who desperately need it.

“The idea is that then they are equipped to make better financial decisions and they’re more employable, which in turn will make Indonesia’s economy more stable,” said Grimes. “And that is directly related to political stability.”

The long-term effect, he added, is an improved business and trade relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia, an oil-producing country.

Jakarta is the center of economics, culture, and politics in Indonesia. It also has challenges: overpopulation and ecological breakdown, gridlock traffic, and poverty and inequality.

The program Grimes is participating in is one of five to be funded; the programs will be evaluated later this year to determine their effectiveness, and one will be continued for five years.