Late last month, the Head of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Research and Development Agency, Totok Suprayitno and his team visited Teke 1 primary school at Palibelo sub-district. The visit provided Totok with an opportunity to see pilot achievements and results to date in Bima, specifically INOVASI’s basic literacy skills pilot implemented in collaboration with Sahabat Pulau Indonesia (SPI). Deputy Regent of Bima Dahlan M Noer, along with his staff and the INOVASI provincial team, were also present to accompany Totok.
During the visit, he was shown the atmosphere of a ‘literacy classroom’ as a result of the pilot program. Partner teachers and principals shared stories from their experiences participating in the INOVASI program. The teachers spoke positively about the support they have received, helping them to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Totok encouraged teachers not to hesitate when developing their teaching creativity in the classroom, because there are no specific rules that limit creativity. He said they should ‘find new ways of teaching’ that are well received by students – active approaches to learning.
“The development of classrooms like this, for example. There is no specific rule on how classrooms must be like. Please develop. No need to wait for the rules to do something good,” said Totok.
He also spoke to the principal and related parties, emphasising the importance of their ongoing support to spur teacher creativity.
The Bima Deputy Regent stated that he had received many good reports about the benefits of the program, as seen in the partner schools. With Bima becoming a literacy district, the program is incredibly timely.
“So, I hope that what we have achieved through this program can be maintained and even developed. I am ready to support, because this is in line with our spirit,” said the Deputy Regent.
The visit to SDN 1 Teke was part of a monitoring trip to observe the implementation of final exams in primary and junior high schools in Bima Regency and Bima City.