Southwest Sumba

Pilot: Early Grade Numeracy 2
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This pilot, commencing in July 2019, builds on the units from the Numeracy 2 short course in the first half of 2019, which focused on foundational numeracy. In this follow on pilot, over a number of months and five units, teachers will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply key numeracy concepts in the classroom, including patterns, number exploration, place value, and addition and subtraction. Participating teachers will be able to gain credits to advance their careers and INOVASI will implement the courses in routine, cluster-based, teachers’ working group meetings, using local facilitators, to ensure the courses are affordable and scalable.

Pilot: Early Grade Literacy & Libraries (Rainbow Reading Garden)
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Taman Bacaan Pelangi is a non-profit organization focuses on establishing child-friendly libraries in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia. Founded in 2009, to date, they have established 81 child-friendly libraries across 15 islands in Eastern Indonesia from Lombok all the way to Papua. In 2013, Taman Bacaan Pelangi received the “Nugra Jasa-dharma Pustaloka” Award from the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia for their literacy efforts.

Program focus: School libraries     

INOVASI and Taman Bacaan Pelangi’s program aims to nurture the habit of reading for children who live in remote areas in Eastern Indonesia, which will increase their literacy skills through the following: 1) establishment of child-friendly libraries in two local schools in each district. 2)  empowerment and capacity building of school teachers and  principals to manage child-friendly libraries and conduct reading programs. 3) establishment of a solid partnership/coalition with local stakeholders and partners – including Head of Education Office in the districts, school principals, teachers, parents, and local communities – and ensure post-program sustainability of the libraries.

Location: East Sumba, Central Sumba, Sumba Barat, and Sumba Barat Daya – East Nusa Tenggara

Duration: 12-Sep-18 until 11-Sep-19

Achievement:

  • Increased students’ learning outcomes in literacy
  • Improved school libraries facilities and its program
  • Increased students’ interest in reading

Website: tamanbacaanpelangi.com

Pilot: Early Grade Literacy & Books (YLAI)
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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

Achievement:

  • 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: Language Transition in Early Grades (Suluh Insan Lestari)
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Yayasan Suluh Insan Lestari (SIL) is a non-profit organization that specializes in linguistics and works with partners to realize a comprehensive transformation for Indonesian ethnicity in Indonesia in the context of their unique language and culture. The development conducted is done through research, translation, training, and language-based education that supports its use and preservation. The SIL Foundation is affiliated with SIL International, an organization that has expertise and experience working in language development in different parts of the world.

Program focus: Mother tongue – language

SIL’s proposed program aims to increase access and ability in literacy and numeracy for early grade children in 8 schools in communities using Kodi language through development of reading materials and active learning in two languages (mother tongue and Bahasa Indonesia) using Bloom software.  Achievement of this is through the following: 1) Development of orthography and language vitality assessment in Kodi language, 2) development of locally contextual thematic books ( reading and audio books) for early grades, using Bloom software; 3) establishment of Reading Corner in class or Smart Kid Garden (Taman Anak Pintar) in selected communities in 2 clusters.

Location: Southwest Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

Duration: 12 September 2018 until 30 November 2019

Achievement:

  • Improved teachers’ teaching practices
  • Increased the number of reading
  • Increased parental involvement in education

Website: suluh.org

Pilot: Early Grade Literacy
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This pilot, commencing in the latter part of 2018, will work to strengthen basic literacy skills and support teachers to improve teaching practice and improve student learning outcomes. Over a number of months and units, teachers will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply basic literacy teaching approaches in the classroom, including reading, comprehension, the use of big books, and assessment. Participating teachers will be able to gain credits to advance their careers and INOVASI will implement the courses in routine, cluster-based, teachers’ working group meetings, using local facilitators, to ensure the courses are affordable and scalable. This pilot finished in July 2019.

Pilot: Guru BAIK
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The INOVASI Guru BAIK (Belajar, Aspiratif, Inklusif and Kontekstual) pilot supports teachers to nominate, develop and test solutions to learning challenges they face in the classroom. Through a series of workshops and classroom-based mentoring activities, teachers are supported to discover what particular challenges children in their own classroom face. They then develop, test, review and iterate different solutions to address these challenges. As a result of the process, teachers become more reflective, competent, and are more confident to deliver the curriculum, use classroom assessment techniques, and solve problems as they arise in the classroom.

The Guru BAIK pilot in Sumba aimed to identify and address learning challenges, improving learning outcomes in basic competencies in 12 schools (eight public and three private schools) from four school clusters in Southwest Sumba. This pilot is completed.

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