MANOKWARI SELATAN, WEST PAPUA – In the past when teachers received training, it has been hard to find any signs of it after they returned to their schools. This view was conveyed by the team from the South Manokwari Education Office which monitors the partner schools of USAID PRIORITAS. Their opinion has changed, however, after seeing the project partner schools that they visited. Apparently, all the teachers trained have tried to apply what they learned.
According to Tera Auri, the Head of Primary Education at the South Manokwari Office of Education, Culture and Tourism, active learning has begun to be applied. "I see the teachers beginning to make use of a variety of learning resources, students study in small groups, and the students' work is also displayed on the classroom walls.".
In some schools, teachers have also developed big books as teaching aids. There are display boards for exhibiting students' work in the classrooms, as well as a place to store portfolios of students' work. A reading culture of also been started. The school principals of SD Inpres Watariri and SD YPK Oransbari, for Changes in West Papua Partner Schools example, have asked the class teachers to encourage children to read in silence. Although there are still many children who cannot read, it is obligatory to sit with a book. The silent reading program was first started in SD 30 Ransiki. Initially, it was only a trial every Saturday morning for 30 minutes. "This routine has started to get results. Many more students choose to look for a book during recesses," said Halijah, the school principal. (Sds)