Basic literacy is the foundation for all learning, including for science, technology, mathematics, character education and higher-order thinking. Literacy is recognised as a key skill for the 21st century, and the national literacy movement (Gerakan Literasi Nasional, or GLN) has identified four strategies for schools: disseminating and coordinating strategy through local government and technical units; engaging literacy, arts, science and community organisations at the regional level; training literacy trainers in the regions; and literacy mapping.

This October 2019 policy brief explores key strategic issues and policy recommendations for early grade literacy in Indonesia. The brief draws on INOVASI’s work and body of evidence to date, including emerging pilot endline data from Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara. A further update of the brief will be done in late 2019, with additional endline evidence from INOVASI’s four partner provinces.