Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF join forces to improve education in Papua and West Papua
JAKARTA, 31 March 2010 - A new partnership between the Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF will today be signed to improve the quality of primary education in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.
“We are committed to ensuring that children in all parts of Indonesia including in Papua and West Papua get the very best education. Supporting regional governments to improve planning and human resource management is crucial for this endeavour.” said Professor Suyanto, the Director General of Primary and Secondary Education Management at the Ministry of National Education.
Australia will contribute A$7 million (Rp 58.9 billion) to UNICEF over the next two years to support both provinces to move closer to reaching Millennium Development Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education.
“Australia is very pleased to extend our support to the education sector in Papua and West Papua through this collaborative program with UNICEF,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer said. “The program will give children in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Indonesia an improved opportunity to receive quality schooling.”
Education is critical to reducing poverty and gives girls and boys the necessary skills and knowledge to live fuller and healthier lives and find jobs.
“Indonesia has made significant progress towards achieving its basic education targets. While the country as a whole is on track to broadly achieve the second Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal primary education, the situation varies from province to province. UNICEF is committed to supporting Indonesia achieve its goal to ensure all Indonesian children have access to quality primary education,” UNICEF Representative to Indonesia, Angela Kearney said.
The program will work with the two provinces to develop strategic education plans, and improve teaching and learning practices in more than 800 schools in six selected districts. The program will also help improve literacy and numeracy teaching in small and remote schools through teacher training and the provision of learning materials.