Jakarta Post – Jungle school: Making a change in classrooms

The drive to Baratan in North Kalimantan takes around one hour. From the provincial capital of Tanjung Selor, the road skirts the mighty Kayan River, winding through tall jungle and scattered villages.

Not so long ago, the river provided the only transport. It still serves as a thoroughfare linking the coastal Malay settlements to the inland Dayak communities.

The village school, SD 8 Baratan state elementary school, appears beside a stream, two rows of terraced classrooms form a neat L shape, flanking a grassy playground. Like every other building in this remote corner of Indonesia, the school is constructed of timber clapboard, cut from the surrounding jungle….

Devex -Building sustainability in education programs: Why NGOs fail

Building local trust, forging partnerships with government, and ensuring sustainability are the main challenges that NGOs face, an education program has found.

The INOVASI program, a partnership between the Australian aid program and Indonesian government under the management of Palladium, has supported 54 pilot projects across 17 districts of Indonesia to identify new ways of improving learning outcomes for children.

This Devex article explores lessons learnt and reflections from INOVASI’s 2018 -2019 grants and partnerships program.

Devex – Including children with disability in education: Strategies from DFAT’s INOVASI

Through an investment of $49 million Australian dollars ($33.6 million), the Australian aid program and Indonesian government have partnered to identify new ways of improving learning outcomes for children across 17 districts of Indonesia.

A core area of the program, which concludes in June next year, has been to identify and reduce barriers to education for children with disability.

This Devex article examines INOVASI’s work in disability and inclusion in Indonesia’s education sector, drawing on pilot learnings and experiences to date.

Devex – Lessons from Indonesia on quality education in the wake of disaster

When a disaster strikes, children’s education is among the many casualties. A new program in Indonesia is working on new ways to encourage children to return to school.

The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children program, or INOVASI — a partnership between Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture — seeks to better understand barriers to quality education and support a locally driven approach to solutions.

This Devex article explores how INOVASI used PDIA to respond to the 2018 Lombok earthquake and subsequent impact on learning and schooling.

Jakarta Post – Digital books in ‘the jungle’: One teacher’s journey

“I feel so lucky because INOVASI was there when I needed it,” said Paulina. The 48-year-old teacher has been learning new teaching methods since 2017, when she joined the Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program, a partnership between the Australian and Indonesian governments.

Working with Indonesia’s Education and Culture Ministry as well as local governments, such as the Malinau regency administration, INOVASI seeks to improve children’s literacy and numeracy. The program operates in 17 regencies and uses a distinctly localized approach to determine what does and doesn’t work to improve student learning outcomes.

In this Jakarta Post media article, INOVASI’s Mark Heyward and Erix Hutasoit explore how a digital books initiative with The Asia Foundation is helping to strengthen education quality in North Kalimantan.

INOVASI Joint Monitoring visit to Sidoarjo and Probolinggo Improving the quality of education in East Java

From 6-8 August, joint monitoring was carried out in two INOVASI partner districts in East Java, namely Sidoarjo and Probolinggo. This joint monitoring activity involved representatives from the national Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

The purpose of this joint monitoring visit was for key stakeholders to observe, provide feedback, and directly monitor results from INOVASI’s education pilot activities at the district level in East Java.

In Sidoarjo district, the joint monitoring team visited Ngampelsari primary school in Candi sub-district, and MI Ma’arif Candi and MI Darussalam Islamic schools (madrasah). In these three partner schools, the team saw firsthand the implementation of INOVASI’s early grade numeracy pilot, which commenced in August 2018 and is run through local teacher working groups (KKG). Madrasah KKG activities were also observed in MI Darussalam.

In Probolinggo district, the joint monitoring group visited two sub-districts, namely Paiton and Sukapura. Since August 2018, INOVASI has been implementing an early grade literacy pilot in Paiton, and multi-grade teaching and learning activities in Sukapura. In Sukapura, the monitoring team visited SDN Sukapura 2 primary school, to observe multi-grade classroom activities. They then travelled to SDN Ngadisari 2 school to join a multi-grade KKG session. In Paiton, stakeholders met with teachers and students from MI Raudlatul Munadhirin madrasah and SDN Sukodadi 1, to observe literacy activities.

The Probolinggo Regent Hj. P. Tantriana Sari, has previously expressed her appreciation for INOVASI’s literacy and multi-grade pilots in Probolinggo.

“I express my gratitude and appreciation to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta for the INOVASI program and its literacy and multi grade pilots. In several schools where this program is working, it turns out that the teachers and students are extremely enthusiastic and express their gratitude, because this is a new and exciting thing in Probolinggo. This program is able to open new insights and enthusiasm, especially for teachers, students and parents in Probolinggo district,” said Tantriana.

Sidoarjo Regent H. Saiful Ilah S.H, H. Hum, also expressed his support for INOVASI’s work to strengthen early grade numeracy in Sidoarjo. He explained that the presence of such education programs helps to greatly improve the quality of education in Sidoarjo district, contributing to improved human resources – especially the quality of teachers in the district.

Head of the Sidoarjo District Education Office Drs. Ec. Asrofi, MM, MH, explained that although Indonesia has always been focused on low literacy rates, numeracy is also important. “Numeracy is actually ranked lower than literacy achievement, so we support the implementation of this numeracy program in Sidoarjo.”

Said INOVASI’s Program Director Mark Heyward, promising education practices seen in Sidoarjo and Probolinggo can be shared more widely at the district, provincial and national level.

“We hope that the positive results of the joint monitoring visit can be shared with other districts and regions, so that we can continue to strengthen the quality of education in Indonesia.”

Emma Blanch, Second Secretary from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, also shared her reflections from the joint monitoring visit.

“The Australian and Indonesian governments have been working together for more than 10 years to strengthen the education system in Indonesia and INOVASI is the latest example of our partnership. INOVASI pilot activities in East Java are finding out what does and doesn’t work to improve teaching and learning in schools. Strengthening literacy and numeracy learning outcomes in classrooms, and addressing key issues like multi-grade teaching, can contribute to building Indonesia’s human capital for the future.”

Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission visits local educators in Probolinggo

Probolinggo, 17 July 2019 Australia’s Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia, Allaster Cox, visited Sukodadi 2 primary school in Paiton sub-district, Probolinggo district in East Java on Wednesday 17 July 2019. During the visit, Mr Cox had the opportunity to observe the implementation of the Government of Australia’s Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) Program, meeting with local partner teachers, principals, supervisors and government representatives.

Through the INOVASI Program, the governments of Australia and Indonesia are partnering to understand how to improve literacy and numeracy learning in primary schools, especially the early grades, through strengthening classroom teaching practice, improving support to teachers and ensuring that all children in the classroom are able to learn.

“The Australian and Indonesian governments have been working together for more than 10 years to strengthen the education system in Indonesia and INOVASI is the latest example of our partnership,” said Mr Cox.

“INOVASI pilot activities in East Java are finding out what does and doesn’t work to improve teaching and learning in schools. Strengthening literacy learning outcomes in classrooms can contribute to building Indonesia’s human capital for the future.”

Probolinggo is one of five INOVASI partner districts/cities in East Java. Other partners include Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, Sumenep, and Batu City.

INOVASI’s engagement with Probolinggo began in 2017, through an education innovation stock take, which highlighted examples of teaching and learning innovation in districts like Probolinggo. INOVASI pilots in Probolinggo focus on early grade literacy and multi-grade teaching and learning. In Probolinggo, INOVASI is also partnering with Kolaborasi Literasi Bermakna (KLB) to implement an early grade literacy pilot.

During Wednesday’s school visit, teachers from Sukapura and Paiton sub-districts showcased their teaching innovations and tools. Teachers from INOVASI’s multi-grade pilot in Sukapura showed how they can now differentiate student learning and teach two grades in the one classroom, at the same time. Meanwhile, teachers from the early grade literacy pilot shared ideas like the ‘Klink Baca’ or ‘Reading Clinic’ – a place where children who have difficulty reading can go to strengthen their skills. This is a new idea implemented by the school.

INOVASI Collaborates with 17 Education Partners in Indonesia

The Indonesian and Australian governments work together in the field of education by creating an INOVASI program. INOVASI now collaborated with 17 non-government partners in a pilot quality education program that focuses on literacy, numeracy and inclusive education in four provinces. “The four provinces were chosen not because they have shortcomings or weaknesses in the field of education, but as a collective agreement in this program,” said Program Director of INOVASI Mark Heyward at the Partnerships for Learning II seminar at JW Marriott Hotel, Surabaya, 7 November 2018.

INOVASI Helps Improve the Quality of Education in Indonesia

The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) continues to encourage the quality of education. One of them is by building partnerships with the Australian Government. The collaboration that is carried out, is to make teaching and learning programs easy to understand and fun.

INOVASI launches new partnership agreements with education organisations in Indonesia

Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI), a partnership program between the governments of Australia and Indonesia, has selected 17 non-governmental organisations (NGOs and foundations) and universities/educational staff development institutions (LPTK) to collaborate with the program and implement a range of education pilots. This includes with CIS Timor, Dompet Dhuafa, Edukasi 101, Forum Lingkar Pena, Sahabat Pulau Indonesia, Jaringan Semua Murid Semua Guru, SIL, Taman Bacaan Pelangi, Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS), Universitas Borneo Tarakan (UBT), Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Ampel (UINSA) Surabaya, Universitas Nadhlatul Ulama Surabaya (UNUSA), Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM), Universitas Negeri Surabaya (UNESA), Yayasan Literasi Anak Indonesia (YLAI), Litara-OPOB, and Yayasan Sulinama.

The partnerships were launched at a ‘Partnerships for Learning’ event in Surabaya this week at the Hotel JW Marriott. Those stakeholders present at the launch included national representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), including Moch. Abduh, Head of Puspendik (Education Assessment Centre, Research and Development Agency, MoEC), and Awaluddin Tjalla, Head of Puskurbuk (Centre for Curriculum and Books, Research and Development Agency, MoEC). Provincial and district government representatives, and education practitioners were also present.