After signing its first formal provincial partnership with West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) in mid-2016, the INOVASI program implemented its first pilot in North Lombok and Sumbawa districts in the first half of 2017. Guru BAIK (with BAIK meaning Belajar, Aspiratif, Inklusif and Kontekstual) remains true to its local name: aspirational, inclusive and contextual learning. Or in other words, good teachers are those who are willing to learn and aspire to create an inclusive and contextual learning environment for their students.
During pre-pilot planning, it was found that NTB province experiences major challenges in education, particularly low learning outcomes due to low literacy skills. Teachers especially have difficulties teaching literacy in the early grades, facing challenges like conventional learning materials, minimalist classroom management, and a lack of active learning and effective learning management. These factors all contribute to low quality in literacy learning outcomes.
To address these issues, INOVASI is preparing to implement the Guru BAIK pilot across West Sumbawa district. As part of pilot socialisation activities, a total of 82 people from educational and government backgrounds attended the initial socialisation workshop in late July. This version of the pilot is supported and funded by West Sumbawa district, demonstrating local government commitment to pilot sustainability and dissemination and ultimately, improved educational quality.
INOVASI will continue to provide technical support to West Sumbawa as it rolls out the pilot. This includes a series of facilitated training workshops for teachers, principals and education supervisors.
When opening the socialisation workshop, Regent of West Sumbawa district Dr. Ir. H. W. Musyafirin, M.M, expressed his strong support.
“Because the progress of how teachers teach in class will be positively correlated with students’ learning outcomes, we must continue to develop learning methods. We must build students’ willingness to learn through learning innovations.”
The Guru BAIK pilot will target 50 partner schools. Training of selected local facilitators will be conducted to prepare them to facilitate teachers, principals, and school supervisors. Learning innovations, new methods, and classroom management training will be encouraged as the capacity of educators is strengthened.
The pilot implementation builds on INOVASI’s initial approach to find ‘local solutions to local problems’ – the technical term of which is Problem Driven Iterative Approach (PDIA). By involving local stakeholders in pilot planning and design activities and fostering local ownership, pilot outcomes are expected to be more sustainable.
In addition to Guru BAIK, INOVASI will soon implement a literacy short course in West Sumbawa, which will run in local teacher working groups (KKGs) and focus on key teaching and learning components of literacy. This will include an initial introduction to literacy, big books, phonological awareness, word reading, fluency in reading, reading comprehension, and writing skills. At the completion of this short course, teachers will be able to obtain professional certification.