Surabaya, 3 May 2019 – Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI), a partnership program between the Governments of Australia and Indonesia, is collaborating with prominent Islamic association Muhammadiyah in East Java. Today’s launch event in Surabaya is a celebration of the ongoing partnership to strengthen basic education teaching and learning. A partnership agreement was signed between the two organisations in September 2018. In March 2019, INOVASI signed a formal education pilot proposal with Muhammadiyah, with a plan to implement activities in 14 partner primary schools across East Java – namely in Sidoarjo, Ngawi, Trenggalek and Jember districts. This new pilot aims to strengthen early grade literacy skills, including how teachers teach literacy. Through the pilot, Muhammadiyah will work directly with teachers, students, principals and school committees, focusing on ways to improve teachers’ understanding of literacy and early classroom learning, and their skills in classroom management and use of learning media.
Said Arbaiyah Yusuf, Chair of the PWM East Java Dikdasmen Council, “establishing superior schools has become the realm of Muhammadiyah’s interest in orienting 100% of Muhammadiyah schools to be more effective. One way to accelerate Muhammadiyah schools to become excellent schools is to cooperate with INOVASI. ”
INOVASI Program Director Mark Heyward spoke of the importance of this new partnership in East Java. “INOVASI aims to find various good practices or ways to improve learning outcomes for Indonesian students. This partnership is an extraordinary opportunity for us to support efforts to improve the quality of Islamic education under the auspices of Muhammadiyah. ”
Kirsten Bishop, Minister Counsellor from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, was also positive about this new collaboration. “Through its new partnership with the INOVASI program, Muhammadiyah will pilot new ways to improve early grade literacy outcomes in 14 partner schools across Sidoarjo, Ngawi, Trenggalek and Jember districts. We see this is as an exciting opportunity to support local efforts to improve the quality of Islamic education in East Java, including new apporaches to teaching and learning in Muhammadiyah partner schools.”
Said Dr H. Abdul Mu’ti, M. Ed, General Secretary of the Muhammadiyah Central Executive, “the partnership between Muhammadiyah and INOVASI is very important effort to improve the quality of learning in Indonesia.”