JAKARTA – In order to ensure the sustainability of good practices, USAID PRIORITAS has been supporting 34 partner districts in reviewing their strategic plans for education. The program was aimed at partner districts that recently held regional elections. "USAID PRIORITAS helps the partner districts to review and align their strategic plans for education with five components concerning good practices, including active learning, school-based management, developing a reading culture, teacher management, and inclusive education," said Dr Aos Santosa, USAID PRIORITAS Education Governance and Management Specialist.
Stakeholders, including Heads of District, local parliament members, Regional Development Body and Education Office staff, and members of boards of education, were invited to the meetings to review their strategic plan for education. Workshops were held in seven partner provinces. Representatives from partner TTIs (Teacher Training Institutions) and from MOEC were also involved.
At the meeting in Surabaya, Diana Damey Pakpahan, Head of the Policy Section at MOEC's Bureau of Planning and Foreign Cooperation, said that the meeting initiated by USAID PRIORITAS was very important, especially for creating a common perception of the educational goals between the national and district levels. She explained that MOEC's Strategic Plan 2015-2019 is based on the implementation of President Jokowi's Nawa Cita (seven point vision and mission) as a national strategic plan. "This National Strategic Plan for Education and the Regional Medium-term Development Plan are reference documents in the drafting of district strategic plans," she told representatives of nine Districts in East Java (1/6).
Faisal, Head of Planning at the Sidrap District Education Office, South Sulawesi, said he had a better understanding of the flow of other strategic plans for education. "The existing Strategic Plan will be revised so it is in line with the indicators set out in MOEC's strategic plan," said Faisal.
As a result, 34 districts have aligned their strategic plans for education with the national one and included the five components pertaining to good practices, namely teacher management and deployment, continuous professional development, active learning, school based management, developing a reading culture, and inclusive education with an indicative budget of more than IDR 1.13 trillion for 5 years. (Kom)