Pilot: Early Grade Literacy & Books (YLAI)

YLAI is a non-profit organization based in Bali that aims to develop a love for reading amongst Indonesian primary aged children. YLAI work through providing access to leveled reading material, training teachers in  how to use the material, mentoring the development of child-friendly libraries and developing the skills of writers and illustrators of Indonesian children’s books. YLAI has developed 75 titles of leveled readers, some big books and teacher guides to be used in the grant proposed program.

Program focus: Literacy and books

INOVASI and YLAI implemented a balanced reading program that targets learning outcomes in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing for children in grades 1-3 in 10 schools. The balanced reading program provides a model for teaching reading as a catalyst for change within the Indonesian education system. This global model of teaching literacy uses interactive children’s literature, Big Books, and levelled reading books in Bahasa Indonesia to promote literacy development in national primary schools. The program provides a differentiated approach to teaching reading to young children that is developmentally appropriate, and engages children in the process and love of learning to read.  The program will seek to improve  student  reading  levels  for  Indonesian  children  in  the  early  primary  grades of  1 -3,  by increasing access to suitable reading material, and increasing the capacity of teachers to use this material in their teaching.  YLAI also proposes development of videos to support training in shared reading and guided reading.

Location: West Sumba and South West Sumba – East Nusa Tenggara

Duration: 12 September 2018 until 11 September 2019


  • Increased students’ learning outcomes in literacy
  • Improved teachers’ teaching practices
  • Local government has scaled out YLAI program by using their local funding

Website: literasi.org

Pilot: Early Grade Literacy & Books (YLAI)