Representatives of each district took part in an orientation workshop for the MBE program, which took place from 11 - 13 June 2003 at the Grand Bromo Hotel in Problolinggo, East Java. Participants of the workshop were from the districts and included members of local parliament and the local education council, government education staff, religious affairs and finance officers, principals of primary and secondary schools and non-government representatives from school committees, school foundations and NGOs. Representatives of the Provincial Education Departments from East and Central Java and from Central Government also joined the proceedings.
The workshop activities included: making an inventory of issues faced by each district, recording ways in which districts are attempting to tackle these issues and discussions about tackling school level issues by introducing School Based Management (SBM), developing Community Participation and implementing improved Teaching and Learning.
One of the most interesting activities for the participants was a visit to a number of schools in Probolinggo district. Several of the schools which have already received assistance through the Creating Learning Communities for Children (CLCC) program (UNESCO-UNICEF) showed a great deal of worthwhile change and innovation.
Some of the innovations are described on the following pages.