Review and Planning in Banyumas
An MBE Program Review and Planning Workshop took place from 26 -28 July 2005 at the Dinasty hotel, Purwokerto, Banyumas district. This workshop was different to previous workshops because it included the four phase 1 areas (Banyuwangi, Probolinggo, Pacitan, Pati), five phase 2 areas (Batu, Madiun City, Blitar, Kebumen and Banyumas) that had already been implementing the program, together with the eleven phase 3 areas (Purbalingga, Purworejo, Sukoharjo, Magelang municipality, Nganjuk, Situbono, Semarang, Magetan, Trenggalek, Malang and Pasuruan municipality) that had recently joined the program. The activities were opened by the Banyumas District Head Bpk H.M. Aris Setiono, S.H.,S.I.P, and attended by 176 participants from the districts and MBE.
1. The Banyuwangi Display (MBE's most eastern area)
2. Bpk Rahardjo, the Banyumas Sub-district Education Officer (previously from Kebasen sub-district - an MBE target area) talks about how he supports his schools.
3. Ibu Kresni Wiyata, the Principal of SD 5 Gombong, Kebumen talking about her school.
During the program representatives from each partner district reported on the developments and innovations, any problems and also about possible solutions to their problems. Several speakers from the districts were invited to relate their experiences. Each of the phase 1 and 2 areas made displays showing the MBE program's achievements.
The participants also visited MBE and CLCC schools in Banyumas and MBE schools in Kebumen. Districts found this activity helped them reflect on their own progress and also enabled them to learn from other areas which are more advanced. These Review and Planning workshops take place about every 6 months.
Above: Bpk H.M. Aris Setiono S.H.,S.I.P, the Banyumas Bupati, accompanied by Mr. Stuart Weston, the MBE Program Director discussing the displays of children's work together with Ibu Erna Dewi Purnomowati, the Head of Primary Education and Bpk Achmad Ichsan S.Ag., Head of the Banyumas Local Parliament.
Below: The participants enthusiastically look at and ask questions about the displays of the students' work.
Dewan Pendidikan Make Recommendations
During the Review and Planning Meeting at Banyumas a representative of each district's Education Council (Dewan Pendidikan) met to discuss their role in developing education (photo above right). On the last day of meetings we were given a declaration by the leader of the Magelang Dewan Pendidikan, Bpk Sukarno (see the below column).
DEWAN PENDIDIKAN RECOMMEND - MBE PARTNERS
B. Recommendations to MBE
The Dewan Pendidikan would like to gain a good understanding of the MBE program to support their official role of providing advice, support, supervision and mediation.
The Dewan Pendidikan would like to be able to work professionally and have an appropriate role within the program.
In carrying out their duties the Dewan Pendidikan hopes to have ready access to adequate data.
The Dewan Pendidikan would like to create a Communication Forum among the various MBE partners to support the coordination and effective implementation of their various roles.
The Dewan Pendidikan should provide support to School Committees in MBE partner schools implementing the program successfully.
The Dewan Pendidikan should monitor and evaluate the whole MBE program in order to support the success of the program.
In developing education programs, including the MBE program, the Dewan Pendidikan should give comments and advice to local governments in order help them frame and implement local regulations relating to local education management.
C. Recommendations to Local Government
The Dewan Pendidikan fully support the MBE program and it is hoped that the MBE will provide the data which they require and involve the Dewan Pendidikan actively in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program.
It is hoped that the MBE will fund the implementation of the Dewan Pendidikan's roles in supporting the successful implementation of the MBE program.
It is hoped that MBE will inform the Dewan Pendidikan of developments in, and outcomes of the program.
The local government will hopefully fully support the MBE program and fulfill all the conditions set out in the MOU.
Local governments will hopefully disseminate the MBE program to other non-target schools.
It is hoped that local governments will support the Dewan Pendidikan in carrying out their role of providing advice, support, supervision and mediation within the education sector and specifically within the MBE program.
In supporting successful education development, it is hoped that local governments will draw up and implement local regulations relating to education management in their area.
It is hoped that the Dewan Pendidikan will be included by local government in the planning, creation, implementation, and evaluation of education policy.
Banyumas, 25 - 28 July 2005