Education innovators from Indonesia and abroad meet to discuss education quality and partnerships in Bali

Bali, 7 May 2018 – The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program, an Australia – Indonesia government education partnership, today launched a three-day ‘Partnerships for Learning’ education seminar in Bali, Indonesia. In the spirit of National Education month, and attended by more than 200 education practitioners, NGOs and government stakeholders from across Indonesia, the seminar featured a range of key education innovators who will present on their experiences and approaches to improving the quality of literacy and numeracy in basic education.

A headline presenter was the Pratham Education Foundation, one of India’s largest non-governmental organisations. They are best known for their teaching at the right level (TARL) approach in primary grades to help children who are lagging behind in basic literacy and numeracy skills. Pratham will share tools and strategies that could be transferred and tailored to the Indonesian education context.

Additional presenters included Indonesia Mengajar, Tanoto Foundation, Australian based organisation Indigenous to Indigenous (I2I), The Asia Foundation, Room to Read, Rainbow Reading Gardens, IniBudi, Save the Children, Yayasan Sulinama, and local Bali based organisations YLAI and the Green School.

The seminar recognised that greater impact will be sustained when education stakeholders work together as part of a coalition or movement to achieve collective goals – whether they be from government, civil society, or private sector.

Said Devyani Pershad, Head of Program Management at Pratham Education Foundation, “across the world, impressive strides have been made by countries to ensure schooling for all, and it is pertinent now more than ever to focus on learning for all. For over twenty years, Pratham has striven to work with the education system in India to find low cost, innovative and scalable solutions to improve children’s learning across the country. Partnerships with government have led to impactful programs implemented at scale, allowing for learnings to emerge that are applicable not only in the Indian context, but across the globe. As we continue to innovate and experiment as an organization, we aim to share what we have learnt and gain experience from the Indonesian context to work towards the common goal of learning for all.

Other plenary presenters, including Tanoto Foundation and Indonesia Mengajar, were supportive of the need for sharing what works and doesn’t work to improve educational quality.

“Tanoto Foundation, originally established by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto, focuses on improving the quality of education. Our activities include training to improve teacher competence and principal leadership. Through this seminar, Tanoto Foundation wishes to share experiences with international institutions in designing innovative education concepts. Tanoto Foundation also opens collaborative opportunities with other institutions in developing best teaching practices to be implemented in Indonesia,” said Sihol Aritonang, Chairman of the Tanoto Foundation.

Said Haiva Muzdaliva, Managing Director of Indonesia Mengajar, “over the past eight years, Indonesia Mengajar has witnessed the growth of various education movements and initiatives, created through mutual cooperation between organisations and society. Some of these include the Desa Cerdas Halmahera Selatan Movement, Tulang Bawang Barat Cerdas, Tanimbar Mengajar Movement and many others. This is proof of the growing awareness of the local community about education in the region. It is clear that the collective spirit of all parties to work together has become one of the keys to success for finding solutions to education challenges in Indonesia”.

Dr Suprananto, M.Ed, the Head of Learning from Puskurbuk, Agency of Research and Development, the Ministry of Education and Culture, explained that the current challenge is not how students can access education, but more on how they can improve their competence in order to compete in a global economy, and innovation is an important element to do this”.

Said Benita Chudleigh, Second Secretary from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, “Australia believes that educational quality is of great importance to Indonesia, contributing directly to human development and a healthy and productive society and workforce. Education partnerships are key to improving educational quality and collective goals, and we believe this Partnerships for Learning Seminar is a positive step in making this happen”.

INOVASI aims to find out ‘what works’ (and conversely what doesn’t work) to improve student literacy and numeracy learning outcomes in basic education, and to share this learning widely so that as many education stakeholders as possible can improve their own policies and practices.

As part of National Education Month activities, INOVASI will also be launching a digital community of practice for Indonesian educators and teachers, co-facilitated with key partners such as The Asia Foundation, Rainbow Reading Gardens and the National Ministry of Education and Culture’s ICT department Pustekkom. This initiative aims to build a more diverse online community around available education learning, practices and resources in Indonesia.

Education innovators from Indonesia and abroad meet to discuss education quality and partnerships in Bali