The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program is a collaboration between the governments of Australia and Indonesia. It is funded by the Government of Australia through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by Palladium. 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.

INOVASI is an eight-year program, managed by Palladium on behalf of the Australian government, through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 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 third six-monthly progress report of INOVASI Phase II, covering the period July–December 2021.

INOVASI aims to accelerate the improvement of 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). In this period, INOVASI continued to focus on COVID- 19 pandemic learning recovery and supporting the Government of Indonesia to advance its comprehensive reform agenda for basic education.

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