International Education Projects: Indonesia

Prioritizing Reform, Innovation and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia's Teachers, Administrators, and Students (USAID PRIORITAS) Project (2012-2017)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Background

From 2005 to 2010, three projects that supported the decentralization of basic education (DBE 1, 2, and 3) in Indonesia helped improve school based management, introduce a "whole school" approach to school improvement, reinforce district and school administration and accountability, and enhance teacher training and professional development. USAID PRIORITAS presents an important opportunity to build on the success of USAID's DBE projects through a deliberate, more integrated, sustainable approach.

Purpose

The purpose of this project is to ensure the local capacity to improve teaching and learning. PRIORITAS will work with all levels of government to expand data-based decision making, communication and coordination. The aim is to ensure that school districts have the resources they need to help children learn and to improve school management, teacher training and parental participation.

Activities and Results

The contract will allow RTI and its project partners (Education Development Center, World Education, Florida State University) and resource organizations (Sampoerna School of Education, SMERU, Sesame Workshop/Creative Indigo Productions' JalanSesama, Room to Read and Urban Planet) to continue working with the Government of Indonesia to provide the resources needed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in both primary and junior secondary schools across the country.

The project will also extend the capacity of local and provincial governments to coordinate, plan, manage and finance education services and encourage parental and community involvement, particularly in supporting children in early grades and assuring a smooth transition from primary to junior secondary schools.

A primary goal of the program will be to help prepare new teachers to enter the classroom by providing support to teacher training institutes. The project team will also support provincial education offices to strengthen in-service training for district and school administrators related to school management, financial analysis and governance.

USAID PRIORITAS will work with more than 100 school districts in 10 provinces, with a focus on schools in economically disadvantaged areas. The far-reaching project will build on the successes of previous USAID projects, including the three recently completed Decentralized Basic Education projects and the earlier Managing Basic Education project.

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Improved Quality of Decentralized Basic Education Program: More Effective Decentralized Education Management and Governance (DBE1) (2005-2011)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Background

The education system in Indonesia faces several challenges -- low public funding, inadequate capacity among local governments to manage the recently decentralized education system, poor completion rates among students, and inadequate training of teachers. The $157 million Indonesia Education Initiative, announced by President Bush, aims to correct some of these problems. The Initiative is the cornerstone of the U.S. government assistance program in Indonesia for 2004-2009.

Purpose

The purpose of this project is to provide technical services and related resources necessary to improve the effectiveness of decentralized management and governance of primary and junior secondary schools in Indonesia.

Activities and Results

RTI provided support to local governments in six provinces as they assumed new responsibilities within Indonesia’s decentralized education system. RTI’s team of Indonesian and expatriate advisors helped local governments improve their management systems, develop and implement more efficient and equitable systems of education finance, enhance community participation in education governance, and strengthen private sector support to education. This project and the Improved Quality of Teaching and Learning project build on the experience of the Managing Basic Education project (USAID, 2003-2007), which introduced new approaches to school management and assisted in the implementation of Indonesia’s new active learning curriculum.

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Improved Quality of Teaching and Learning (2005-2011)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Background

The education system in Indonesia faces several challenges -- low public funding, inadequate capacity among local governments to manage the recently decentralized education system, poor completion rates among students, and inadequate training of teachers. The $157 million Indonesia Education Initiative, announced by President Bush in 2003, aims to correct some of these problems. The Initiative is the cornerstone of the U.S. government assistance program in Indonesia for 2004-2009.

Purpose

The purpose of this project is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom to improve student performance in public and private schools.

Activities and Results

RTI helped implement this project as a subcontractor to the Education Development Center, Inc. The project had several components, including improving teacher training, improving the learning environment, providing technical support on instructional leadership, and assessing school performance for school administrators at the district, sub-district, and school cluster levels. RTI was responsible for all activities in East Java and for working with the Examinations Center/Testing Unit on the development of assessment instruments appropriate for measuring competencies in the new curriculum and of related diagnostic tools for use in the classrooms.

This project and the More Effective Decentralized Education Management and Governance project build on the experience of the Managing Basic Education project, which introduced new approaches to school management and assisted in the implementation of Indonesia’s new active learning curriculum.