JIS Partners with Jakarta Schools to Improve the Quality of Education in Indonesia
Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) has since 2013 trained 412 teachers, including principals, of 54 state elementary schools (SDN) and state special schools (SLBN) across Jakarta on various engaging and interactive teaching methods with its Innovative Schools Program (ISP).
Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) with Yayasan Emmanuel, Mentari Intercultural School Jakarta, the Jakarta Education Agency and members of the Association of National and Private Schools (ANPS) continue their pursuit of improving the quality of education in Jakarta, particularly among the capital's state elementary (SDN) schools and state special schools (SLBN), through the Innovative School Program (ISP).
Graduating teachers and principals from the seventh intake of the Innovative Schools Program (ISP) proudly pose with their certificates alongside the French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet, Ibu Hj. Suryani from the Jakarta Education Agency (Diknas), Emmanuel from Yayasan Emmanuel and Greg Zolkowski from JIS.
Initiated by Yayasan Emmanuel, a non-profit dedicated to the health and education of low-income children in West Java, the program aims at facilitating teachers and school principals in implementing the national curriculum by emphasizing an inquiry-based approach that is not only engaging and interactive but also fosters a supportive learning environment.
"ISP started with only two schools in South Jakarta and has since been introduced to schools all across the city. We are thrilled to be part of this collaborative effort to shape an innovative learning culture, try something new and further improve the skills of teachers," said Greg Zolkowski, JIS Community Educational Outreach Coordinator.
As one of the facilitators of the program, JIS has provided training for 412 teachers and principals from 54 SDN and SLBN across Jakarta with the help of almost 40 JIS teachers and translators annually. This year, the school offered a range of interactive workshops on subjects such as inquiry-based learning, classroom management, developing teaching methods, enhancing critical thinking skills, ways to nurture a love of reading and writing among students, teaching strategies for math and assessments.
"As a result, our teachers are now more creative and confident. Strategies that we thought would be near impossible to implement in an SLBN, were successfully carried out and have benefited our students," said Andriyastuti, the principal of SLBN 7 in Jakarta.
Linda, a teacher at SDN Gambir 01 Pagi, added that with the inquiry-based approach to learning, her students are more conscientious in their studies and have been able to absorb the lessons with greater ease.
"Teachers must adapt and stay up-to-date [with the latest teaching methods] to raise the quality of education in Indonesia. As time passes, methodologies and ways of teaching will change. I hope to see more of these training opportunities being offered and improved in the future," she said.
Now in its seventh year, ISP has expanded to train 40 principals and teachers of the capital's state junior high schools (SMPN), as well as conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) courses for 20 elementary school principals and teachers who have undergone the program. This next phase of the ISP was initiated by Mentari Intercultural School and ANPS member schools and will be further expanded by JIS.
After completing a series of training workshops and going through a final assessment, 255 participants from 35 state elementary and junior high schools across Jakarta were certified as graduates of the program.
"We hope that the skills you've gained can benefit your school and allow you to play a significant role in your students' education," Emmanuel of Yayasan Emmanuel told participants during their graduation ceremony held on May 11, in the Multi-Purpose Hall of the South Jakarta Mayor's Office.
The event was attended by Hj. Suryani, MPd. the West Jakarta Region II Section Chief for Elementary Education (Dikdas) & Special Education and Services (PKLK), representing Jakarta Education Agency Head Sopan Adrianto; French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet; Emmanuel from Yayasan Emmanuel; JIS' Greg Zolkowski; Elena C. Racho, ANPS Chairwoman and Mentari Intercultural School Jakarta Director; Clarissa B. Subagyo, member of Yayasan Perkembangan Anak Indonesia and Executive Director of Mentari Intercultural School Jakarta; and H. Ramli, South Jakarta Region I Section Chief of Elementary Education & Special Education and Services.
About Jakarta Intercultural School
Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) was established by two United Nations workers in 1951. A pioneer in its field, the school introduced a newly independent Indonesia to English-language education for the children of expatriates. Despite the name changes brought on by decades of development, JIS has since its establishment stayed true to its core identity of fostering an inclusive and collaborative educational community.
JIS started as the Joint Embassy School (JES) in honour of the four embassies that supported its founding, namely Britain, the United States, Australia and then-Yugoslavia. About a decade later in 1978, it underwent a name change to become the Jakarta International School, before finally settling on its current moniker in 2014.
In today's result-oriented milieu of high expectations for quality education and an interactive learning process in which students are challenged to realize their full potential, JIS continues to effectively serve and steer its multicultural community of resourceful learners to be Best for the World.
As JIS enters its 65th year, we appreciate each student who has grown and evolved during their time with us, and whose subsequent achievements in life truly enrich ours. With some 2,400 students, more than 250 teachers, as well as scores of alumni and parents who offer their invaluable daily contribution to the school's legacy and the world around us, we are driven to resume our vision and mission, and with humility in our hearts, continue to learn and develop for the boundless future of our students.