U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel, Minister of Education and Culture
Mohammad Nuh, Secretary to the Coordinating Minister for People’s
Welfare D. Indroyono Soesilo, Director General of Islamic Education from
the Ministry of Religious Affairs H. Nur Syam, and U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) Mission Director Andrew Sisson today
launched USAID’s $83.7 million education program that will benefit more
than 300,000 Indonesian students. Education is a key component of the
U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, inaugurated by Presidents
Barack Obama and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2010 to increase
cooperation and deepen ties between the two nations.
The USAID Prioritizing Reform, Innovation, Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia’s Teacher, Administrators, and Students (PRIORITAS) program will improve the quality of teaching and learning in 1,400 primary school, junior secondary school, and madrasahs in 110 districts, focusing on low-income areas through teacher and management training.
USAID PRIORITAS will enhance the capacity of local and provincial governments to coordinate, plan, manage and finance education services. The program will support improvements in higher education by working with at least 20 Teacher Training Institutes to improve the training and performance of teachers. USAID PRIORITAS will also support provincial education offices to strengthen in-service training for district and school administrators related to school management, financial analysis and governance. The program will work in Aceh, Banten, Central Java, East Java, East Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra, Papua, South Sulawesi, West Java, and West Nusa Tenggara.