European Union supports inclusive education project in Indonesia
The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Guérend, together Mr Hamid Muhammad, MSc, PhD, Director General of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, launched the start of a new EU-funded project in the education sector called "Promoting civil society-led initiatives for inclusive and quality education in Indonesia".
With an EU grant of almost EUR 750,000 (IDR 12 billion), the project will be implemented by Yayasan Penguatan Partisipasi Inisiatif dan Kemitraan Masyarakat Indonesia (YAPPIKA) Action Aid in collaboration with its three partners: Perkumpulan Solidaritas Untuk Demokrasi/ Solidarity for Democracy ( SOLUD) Bima - West Nusa Tenggara, Perkumpulan Lembaga Pengembangan Masyarakat Swandiri (GEMAWAN) Pontianak - West Kalimantan, and Yayasan Bahtera (SANTERA) West Sumba - East Nusa Tenggara for 3.5 years.
The project will strengthen the capacity and enhance cooperation between Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities to effectively implement initiatives for inclusive and quality education in three disadvantaged districts of West Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara, Bima in West Nusa Tenggara and Sambas in West Kalimantan. It is expected that more than 150,000 elementary school aged children, including children with disabilities and out-of-school children will get the benefits of the project.
“This project is expected to conduct a study to see how far the implementation of education policy in the region so as to provide inputs for the Ministry of Education and Culture for the follow-up needed. The programme is also expected to produce not only recommendations from research and monitoring of education policy, but also to implement the recommendations to run well," said Hamid Muhammad, Director General of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture.
"Since 2010 until last year, the EU has been one of the largest partners supporting education in Indonesia with total grants of EUR 350 million (IDR 5.7 trillion). More than 55,000 schools and 7 million students in 108 districts have directly benefited from the EU support. We believe that education is one of the most far-reaching and tangible impact on people’s lives. This new education project will improve the quality standard of education, reduce the dropout rates, and increase the access of girls and children with disabilities to inclusive schools ensuring that no child is left behind," said Ambassador Vincent Guérend.
"YAPPIKA-ActionAid has been working to improve education quality in three districts since 2016 and the main results show that school communities more engage on the dialogue with local government which affected accountability of local government in allocating their budget to ensure access to education for all children from poor family. With the EU support, we will expand our contribution in improving inclusive and quality education to the three new districts mentioned above. We belief that strong collaboration among civil society, school communities and Local Authorities which will be established through this programme assure access to education for all disadvantage children," said Fransisca Fitri, Executive Director of Yappika-ActionAid.
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