Blitar Making Rapid Progress
Blitar has just joined the MBE Program and when we visited the district the target schools were just being trained. Even so many of the schools we visited are already exhibiting significant signs of improvement. This is partly due to a comparative study to Probolinggo in July, but it is also a result of the commitment of our colleagues at district and school levels to making progress.
Babadan 1 Primary School
When we visited SD Babadan 1, Wlingi sub-district we could immediately see the school plan which was displayed openly at the front of the school (photo 1 below). In several classes you could see beautiful displays of student work, and the classrooms are well managed and attractive, amongst others classes 3b and 3c (photos 2 and 3 below)
Democracy in the Classroom
Bpk. Agus the teacher of grade 5, is encouraging his students to participate more in their own education. He is doing this through the 'student voice' (Suara Siswa) box. Below is a photograph of Pak Agus(picture No. 1) with a piece of writing by a student called Aldila Sandhayu, expressing her opinion (picture No. 2). Empowering students (and all stakeholders in the school) is very important in developing a sense of responsibility and openness.
Bajang 2 Primary School, Talun
In SD Bajang 2 several innovations are already visible. Grade 6 (right) for example has established a class library, which the students use. The classroom environment is also attractive with the displays of children's work and teaching aides. In Grade 4 (far right) Bpk. Fx. Basuki encourages students to write diaries - a good idea for training students in writing about their daily activities.
Tangkil 1, Primary School, Wlingi, Blitar
All the visitors, including the Head of District Education Office, Bpk. Bambang Suntoro were surprised when visiting this school which only recently joined the MBE program, to see huge changes in all classes, in the areas of school management and community participation.
The three key persons in school development (right) are Chairman of the School Committee Bpk Yuwono Budi S., member of the school committee, Ibu Dwi Rahayu and the principal Ibu Sri Suwarni.
The school committee have been involved in making school plans and the school budget, which is displayed for everyone to see. Parents groups have been established in all classes. When we visited the school several parents were actively helping both in the schoolyard (up) and also in the classroom supporting the teachers. They said they were very happy to help the teachers and the teachers were very grateful for their help (below).
Innovative lessons were most eye-catching in grade 1. Their teacher, Ibu. Wening Sripeni, has made a Big Book which she was using to teach the children. She got this idea from a district facilitator. The teacher receives help from a parent, Ibu Mudawaro (below).