The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program is a collaboration between the governments of Australia and Indonesia. It is an eight-year program, funded by the Australian government, and managed by Palladium on behalf of the Australian government, through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

INOVASI works with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and the Ministry of National Development Planning (known as the National Development Planning Agency or Bappenas), as well as partners at the regional level in the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan, and East Java.

Phase II commenced on 1 July 2020, bringing together the INOVASI Phase I and the Technical Assistance for Education Systems Strengthening (TASS) programs. It is due to finish on 31 December 2023. This is the fourth six-monthly progress report of INOVASI Phase II, covering the period January–June 2022.

INOVASI aims to accelerate the improvement in learning outcomes for all Indonesian children, particularly in the foundational skills of literacy, numeracy and character education (that includes 21st century skills and religious moderation). INOVASI’s main focus in this period was to support progress in the Indonesian government’s comprehensive reform agenda for basic education. By supporting these reforms, INOVASI continued to support COVID-19 pandemic learning recovery program.

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