Purbalingga: Non-Target Schools Envy MBE Schools
A 3 day training program in SBM and community participation was conducted for 20 schools in the two MBE target sub-districts between 22 and 27 August 2005. During the SBM training the participants' enthusiasm was very high, particularly when PAKEM learning methods were being introduced.
The participants, consisting of Principals, Teachers, and School Committee members, believed that the PAKEM way of learning is very appropriate and makes the understanding of core concepts easier for the students.
Photo 1: SDN 1 Karanganyar doing an experiment to determine which objects float or sink in water;
Photo 2: SDN 2 Purbalingga Lor discussing the characteristics of a school implementing SBM watched by trainer, Ibu Heriyanti and school supervisor, Bpk R.L. Suroso;
Photo 3: Bpk Gatot from SMP 2 Purbalingga displaying the results of their discussion watched by trainer Bpk Sukur;
Photo 4: Ibu Murhayati and Bpk Sucheri from SDN 2 Banjarkerta organising the display of the results of their discussions to make it interesting to look at.
PAKEM 1 Training: A Really Enjoyable Experience
After SBM and Community Participation training had been successfully implemented in August 2005, the program continued from 19 - 24 September with the PAKEM 1 Training in Purbalingga. This PAKEM 1 Training was eagerly awaited by the MBE target schools, as during the previous SBM and Community Participation training, not all the teachers were able to take part and learn about PAKEM.
The support provided by the School Committee after the earlier SBM and Community Participation training had had a significant effect in motivating teachers to take part in the PAKEM 1 training. The proof was that nearly all the teachers who attended the PAKEM 1 training exhibited great enthusiasm. For this PAKEM 1 training they were divided up into separate classrooms for each subject area.
The participants, after doing their teaching practice in schools and teachers working group (KKG and MGMP) simulations, felt that the PAKEM 1 training was excellent and suitable for application in their schools. The teachers and students both felt that the learning atmosphere was very enjoyable!! There were 10 participants from outside the MBE target schools who hoped that PAKEM training financed by District Government Budget (APBD) would be implemented immediately in their sub-districts.
Bpk Anwar, S.Sos in his capacity as Head of the Primary School and Kindergarten Section of Dinas Pendidikan, Purbalingga replied that finance for PAKEM Training for MBE non-target schools training has been approved, and is only waiting for an implementation schedule to be agreed.
Photo 1: Head of the Purbalingga Education Office, Bpk Drs. Suyitno, opening the PAKEM training in Purbalingga Sub-District;
Photo 2: Student discussion at MTsN Karanganyar during the teaching practice at the PAKEM training, the students were very active and enthusiastic;
Photo 3: A discussion among the group of English teachers, watched by Bpk Supriyanto;
Photo 4: Ibu Esti Widiastuti, a grade 1 teacher from SDN 2 Purbalingga Lor simulating a KKG meeting watched by Ibu Sutari.
MBE Active in Trenggalek
Trenggalek District is a small town on Indonesia's south coast. Geographically, the location of Trenggalek is highly unfavorable because most of it is mountainous and it isn't located on any commercial routes. Socio-economic development in this area is not as fast as in other districts which are located on commercial highways.
On 31 March 2005 a Memorandum of Under-standing (MoU) was signed between the Regional Government of Trenggalek and RTI for USAID technical assistance in Building the Capacity of the Regional Government to manage Basic Education through the Managing Basic Education (MBE) program.
Learning from a Study Visit:
Above: Teachers from SDN 1 Sumbergedong learning about PAKEM at SDN 1 Ploso Pacitan
Below: Learning about SBM and Community Participation at SDN 1 Babadan, Wlingi, Blitar
As part of the implementation of the MoU, a number of MBE activities have been conducted, including a study visit to see the implementation of SBM, PAKEM and Community Participation in MBE target schools in Pacitan and Blitar districts. This was followed up with a presentation, discussion and evaluation of the results of the 29 August study visit.