February 2018 – INOVASI and key education and government stakeholders from across West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) continue to learn and work together to promote local education innovations and solutions, and to improve education quality across the province. The latter half of 2017 was a key period for INOVASI, with five pilots in planning and design phase across six partner districts. As a next step, the findings and lessons learned from this pre-pilot process are shared with INOVASI stakeholders at the district and provincial levels.
From 13-14 February 2018, INOVASI stakeholders at the district and provincial level gathered in Mataram at a Dissemination Workshop to learn more about the findings and learnings from the pre-pilot phase. The pre-pilot is a small-scale program (e.g one class, a small number of schools or cluster), which is conducted over 3 months. Ideas and solutions are tested and tried out, prior to the full pilot design and implementation.
The Dissemination Workshop was opened by the Provincial Secretary of West Nusa Tenggara, H. Rosyadi H. Sayuti, Australian Government representative Benita Chudleigh, and Program Director of INOVASI, Mark Heyward. Several stakeholders were present, namely the Chairman of PGRI West Nusa Tenggara, Dean of FKIP, Head of LPMP West Nusa Tenggara Minhajul Abidin, representatives of BAPPEDA and members of the NTB Provincial DPRD.
“With this INOVASI program, we can address the challenges described earlier – improving the literacy and numeracy skills of our children that can certainly help improve their basic competencies. This is also in line with the law on our education: article related to literacy – the obligation to read 15 minutes before the start of class,” said Secretary of NTB, H. Rosyadi H. Sayuti.
“Building the habit of reading, to become a new culture for our children, in addition to other abilities that children need. This is the job of all of us. We will try to learn more about INOVASI so that in the future it can become West Nusa Tenggara’s program,” he added.
During the two-day workshop, various pilot themes and results were discussed in an effort to address the learning challenges that INOVASI has identified with stakeholders in each district. In Bima, for example, the focus of the pilot program is the transition of the use of the local language to Bahasa Indonesia as the medium of instruction in the classroom. In Dompu, the focus is on community involvement in improving student learning outcomes. In Central Lombok, INOVASI focuses on improving the quality of learning for children with learning disabilities. In North Lombok and West Sumbawa, the pilot program focuses on strengthening basic literacy skills, while in Sumbawa, the focus is on strengthening basic numeracy.
All pilots begin full implementation in February 2018, and will run until July.