A team from the European Union (EU) and the British Council conducted a site visit to Kaur District, Bengkulu Province, to meet local stakeholders and district authorities. The purpose of the visit is to launch a new basic education programme and to present the Participatory Rapid Assessment results, completed by the British Council in February 2012. It is expected that the socialisation of the programme will provide clear understanding of the objectives to the local stakeholders; encouraging their strong commitment and active involvement during the programme implementation.
The team will visit SD Maje 09, one of the school beneficiaries, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local stakeholders in Kaur. The MoU signing marks the official launch of the two-year partnership programme, to be implemented from 2012 to 2014. The programme will be implemented in three subdistricts of Kaur: Nasal, Maje, and Muara Sahung Subdistricts.
Representing the MoU signing with the local stakeholders of Kaur will be the British Council’s Country Director Indonesia Keith Davies. The head of Kaur District Dr. Ir. Hermen Malik, M.Sc., Mr Neale Jagoe, First Secretary at the British Embassy in Jakarta and Mrs Vaida Kudabiene, the EU’s Finance and Contracts Officer in Jakarta will be present to witness the signing of the MoU.
On the basis of “Education for All” movement and the “United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, the EU along with other development partners have committed themselves to support developing countries to achieve a multitude of objectives, such as ensuring primary education for all children and improving the education quality. In partnerships with the Government of Indonesia and other development partners, the EU is here to ensure that all Indonesian students get access to quality education.
The EU’s Finance and Contracts Officer Vaida Kudabiene stated, “We strive to identify good practices in the education sector which are suitable to the local context. It is therefore a great opportunity for the EU to support the British Council, Dinas Pendidikan, Dewan Pendidikan, and Pengurus Muhammadiyah, which will be working together to improve education quality in Kaur District through the implementation of MSS, School Based Management, active learning methodology and capacity building for education stakeholders.
The British Council’s Country Director Indonesia Keith Davies said, “Improving basic education throughout Indonesia, even in the more remote locations, is essential for the country’s economic and social development. The British Council has been working with Indonesian teachers and with NGOs such as the mass Islamic organisations for over sixty years. We are delighted to be working together with the EU and to support its development initiatives by providing our expertise to further strengthen basic education in Kaur.
The overall objective of the Basic Education programme in Kaur District is to improve basic education in the district through strengthening the capacity of the local government, non-state actors, and schools. It is inline with the framework of Indonesia’s Basic Education Strategic Plan 2010-2014, to contribute to sustained poverty reduction as a result of improved access to quality education. It will involve and promote active engagement from the local authorities, non-state actors, and all other stakeholders who are responsible for education service delivery.
The partnership is co-funded by the EU (75%) and the British Council (25%), and implemented by the British Council. The EU will provide 2.3 billion rupiah (€ 194,817) and the British Council will provide 700 million rupiah (€ 65,320) for this partnership programme.
In line with the spirit of global connectivity and the era of globalisation, both the EU and the British Council believe that effective and relevant education is critical for Indonesia’s successful participation in the global economy. It provides individuals with a broader access to crucial knowledge, skills and, ultimately, employment opportunities and increases their understanding of other cultures. This programme highlights the EU’s commitment to invest and upgrade basic education and literacy in building a sustainable future for Indonesia’s next generation. The partnership will utilize the British Council’s expertise and experience in improving the quality of teaching skills of Indonesian teachers which will also impact on the overall quality of education in Kaur.