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Costs for Children

Creating a good learning environment for children doesn’t have to cost a lot if we use the right strategies, according to the latest cost analysis study.

Creating Learning Communities for Children, or CLCC, was jointly initiated by the government of Indonesia, UNICEF, and UNESCO in 1999 to support the government’s efforts to implement the school-based management programme.  About 6,700 public and Islamic schools have since adopted the program.

Commissioned by UNICEF, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies conducted a study on CLCC Cost Analysis that delves into costing and issues of expenditures and financing for the program. It aims to provide a reference for government in funding the programme.

From the district samples of Bone, Probolinggo and Maluku Tenggara Barat, the study found that effective budget allocation, together with good coordination among related institutions and efficient use of human resources capacity will achieve better results.
In Bone, for example, the government has expanded the CLCC model to cover 27 sub-districts with 600 million rupiah (or 60,000 USD) or no more than 0.7 per cent of total direct education expenditure under coordination of well-informed district education office, ministry of religious affairs, planning board, and the parliament

It recommends lowering costs even more, with measures such as reducing the size of organizing committees, using government-owned facilities instead of private ones, and ensuring that activities are held within groups of schools in the vicinity, which help cut the costs on transportation and accommodation. The final report will be launched in the middle of the year (2009).




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