INOVASI Trains Muhammadiyah Facilitators

In September 2018, INOVASI signed partnership agreements with prominent Islamic associations Ma’arif Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Educational Institute and Muhammadiyah. The agreements represented new partnerships to broaden and sustain activities that strengthen educational quality and improve student learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy – particularly in the early grades. In East Java, INOVASI is working with both organisations. Both Ma’arif NU…


Improving the role of school principals through leadership workshops

The role of a principal is crucial to the progress and success of any school. If the principal is passive and has no initiative to innovate, the school cannot develop properly. But, if the principal has the motivation and ability to advance the school, then all school members will benefit – including teachers, school committees, and students. Few consider improving…


Building a national literacy movement: the power of a good story book

The growth of a strong reading culture in many parts of Indonesia remains a work in progress. At a recent workshop in Jakarta hosted by the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Centre for Curriculum and Books (Puskurbuk) in partnership with INOVASI, policy makers, book publishers and other education stakeholders came together to explore the challenges and opportunities for strengthening literacy…


Evaluation of Psychoeducation in North Lombok

As one of six INOVASI partner districts in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province, North Lombok has faced an uphill battle since the district was severely affected by a 6.9 earthquake in early August. Since partnering with North Lombok in mid-2016, INOVASI pilots initially focused on early grade literacy and teacher training and capacity building, a local government district priority. When…


Bulungan launches independent Teacher Working Group in response to low student reading skills

In many parts of Indonesia, the need for a reading culture is overwhelmingly strong. North Kalimantan is no exception. Results from Indonesia’s National Assessment Programme (INAP) show that the average literacy score for North Kalimantan is two points lower than the national average score (RPSA Kaltara 2017). In survey activities conducted by INOVASI in 2017, it was found that only 14.59…