As a form of support for the Ministry of Education and Culture’s efforts to transform the Education Quality Assurance Centre (Balai Besar Penjaminan Mutu Pendidikan [BBPMP]/Balai Penjaminan Mutu Pendidikan[BPMP]) to work collaboratively with Provincial and District/City Governments to achieve national education goals, the activity of “Technical Guidance for Consultative and Asymmetric Mentoring” was held on 18 and 19 August 2022 by the Directorate General of Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education (PAUDDASMEN) of the MoECRT, supported by INOVASI.

Dr. Iwan Syahril, Ph.D, who at that time served as the Task Executor of Director General of PAUDDASMEN MoECRT, said, “Change can be made by always learning, sharing and collaborating. In education units, collaboration is important. Changes must be made to strengthen the education ecosystem. The INOVASI program can be a mentoring benchmark for the education ecosystem in the regions.”

According to him, INOVASI has provided interventions tailored to the needs and capacity of the regional governments. The efforts made by INOVASI include encouraging the National Technical Implementation Unit in the regions, regional governments, universities, and community organizations to jointly identify problems, challenges and solutions to improve the quality of education that are effective, impactful and sustainable. This consultative and asymmetric approach is considered appropriate to strengthen the education ecosystem in the regions.

Asymmetric approach is one that prioritizes strategic differentiation based on awareness of the diverse characteristics of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, consultative approach encourages partnerships through advocacy based on awareness of the autonomy of regional governments in the context of decentralization of education in Indonesia. It is hoped that these approaches can be implemented by the BBPMP/BPMP as a catalyst for the development and strengthening of regional education ecosystems.