“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.