03 April 2023

Working across Sectors to Provide a Safe Return to Learning in Indonesia

The impact of COVID-19 on global learning was immediate and severe and – as is always the case – the world’s most vulnerable children bore the brunt of the crisis. Indonesia was no exception to the rule, with 60 million of its children affected by 18 months of school closures. Children living In South Sulawesi and Papua – two provinces that have…, Pulling Together, The data made a clear case to address learning loss and other negative impacts of COVID-19 through an integrated approach combining learning, health, psychosocial and WASH interventions. Over several months, UNICEF’s Education team in Jakarta and across two field offices worked closely with local partners to design and implement the Safe Return to…, Measuring Progress, Last year, the Education team carried out an endline study to assess the impact of the programme and the results were striking. The percentage of students who could now read fluently with comprehension had more than doubled in both South Sulawesi districts, and in Nabire district in Papua. The percentage of non-readers in the South Sulawesi…, Sustained Impact, “From the outset, we were very committed to trying to measure the impact of the programme so that we could take as many lessons learned as we could and ensure they informed our ongoing programme for COVID-19 recovery and more broadly,” says Katheryn. The programme invested significantly in building the skills and knowledge of key personnel within…
02 June 2020

The Challenges of Home Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At 7 A.M. one morning, Moreyna woke up with renewed enthusiasm. As she did every school day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she showered, had her breakfast, and put on her school uniform. She then asked her mother to take her to school in the hope that “everything had gone back to normal.” But she learned soon enough that her school was still…, The pandemic’s profound impact on education, Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Moreyna’s school was closed by the local government. Moreyna was one of the 62.5 million students across the country—from pre-primary to higher education—who had had no choice but to learn from home. This unprecedented shift to home learning has had a profound impact on students, parents and teachers across…, UNICEF’s support for the government, Since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Indonesia has taken some timely steps to support learning from home. Among them was adapting e-learning applications of both the Ministry of Education and Culture* (MoE) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and training teachers to use online learning platforms. However, the biggest obstacle for…, Challenges ahead, To further mitigate the effects of the pandemic, the government has entered into various strategic partnerships: among them with EdTech companies to provide free access to online learning platforms, and with telecommunications operations on free internet quotas for teachers and students. Despite these efforts, however, the structural disparity…, It’s far from ideal, but it’s working, For relatively more fortunate children like Moreyna and Joaquin, 8, things are starting to look up. Maria is certainly aware of the positive shift in her daughter’s behaviour. “Moreyna is much happier studying from home, now that I am regularly by her side,” she says, adding that soon her daughter will attend primary school. Moreyna is also much…, How You Can Help, Thanks to the generous contributions of individual donors, UNICEF has been able to work with schools, madrasas, teachers and government officials in the education and religious affairs sectors across Indonesia to help children like Moreyna and Joaquin learn effectively from home. However, assuming most schools remain closed due to rising COVID-19…