Save the Children collaborate with educators at all levels to strengthen the national education system while building local capacity to achieve the goal of quality basic education for all Indonesian children.
Our work focuses on early childhood care and development, addressing literacy gap for early primary school students (years 1-3), and vocational training for vulnerable youths. This is done through community mobilization, parents meeting and teacher’s training, as well as improving classroom environments, encouraging positive discipline, improving school sanitation, health, and hygiene, and education management in schools in Aceh , West Java, NTT, and Jakarta provinces.
Early Childhood Care and Development
Pre-primary school education is not compulsory in Indonesia and more than two-thirds of children under six years of age in some areas have no access to pre-primary education. This affects their success in primary school and, eventually, their lifelong learning.
Save the Children works with partners that run early childhood centers to provide high-quality pre-primary education for children. Since 2009, we have equipped learning centers with educational materials and trained teachers on the stages of early childhood development, active learning methodologies, and individual student evaluation. We have also helped communities to start and support their own centers. Save the Children takes a holistic approach to early childhood care and development, ensuring that young children learn cognitive and social skills, and are given access to health and nutrition services in order to grow and develop well.
Indonesia has made significant progress towards improving primary school enrollment rates and meeting Millennium Development Goal #2, but the quality of primary education remains low, particularly in low resource areas. We work with primary schools to improve teaching quality and learning environments; with district education offices to improve service delivery and resource allocation; and with communities to improve school-based management. We also team up with educators to sensitize educators and parents on positive discipline and encourage schools to incorporate abuse reporting systems.
Save the Children addresses literacy problems in early primary by strengthening the five skills of reading acquisition—phonological awareness; letter knowledge; fluency; vocabulary; and comprehension. We develop teacher skills to more effectively teach literacy and provide essential materials to support in-class instruction, mobilize communities by promoting reading outside of the classroom through a range of engaging and effective literacy and language activities and advocate for additional support for literacy programming to be able to reach more children in targeted communities.
School Health, Hygiene, and Nutrition
Indonesia still faces significant challenges to improved school sanitation, hygiene, health, and nutrition, as there are limited resources available for these important programs. Save the Children has successfully leveraged local government support for health and hygiene in primary schools – largely in the rural areas – to incorporate hygiene and health topics into the primary school curriculum, improving school-based hygiene, health, and nutrition practices and infrastructure to reduce the occurrence of illnesses among students and increase school attendance.
Activities include training educators in behavior change communication techniques to improve key practices such as hand washing and teeth brushing, improving the physical infrastructure, and developing a health and hygiene curriculum. In addition, we advocate for improved resource allocation at the school, district, and national levels to support school health, hygiene, and nutrition programs.
Youth Empowerment & Vocational Education
In Indonesia, youth unemployment is estimated at 25%, compared to 7% for the overall population. Save the Children supports vulnerable youth in getting access to vocational training, entrepreneurship and life skills training. . We leverage linkages to private sector and advocate with employee associations on issues related to child labour and child protection. We work with vocational schools to improve the curriculum on vocational education.