Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read

by Yayasan Tunas Aksara
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Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read
New look cover for a Teacher's Handbook
New look cover for a Teacher's Handbook

Dear Friends of Saya Suka Membaca,

I hope this email finds you well - we've got some great news to share with you.

942 Kids Learning to Read in Kupang, Eastern Indonesia

After many delays and false-starts due to Covid-19 (and an 80% reduction in the initial budget) our government-funded program in Kupang is underway!

At the end of October our field team in Kupang led training events for two cohorts of teachers, training 37 teachers to use the first two levels of our curriculum. This is exciting for many reasons:

  • Most of all, 37 teachers from 20 schools, responsible for teaching 942 children, have been equipped to teach the foundational skills of literacy effectively, in a way that both teachers and children find fun and motivating!
  • The reduced program budget forced us to make a rapid pivot to using the new "light" teachers handbook developed as part of Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read. The teachers love the large A3 format, full-colour resource - it feels like a turning point for us in terms of the quality of the materials, so much so that we have decided to make this the standard resource for the first level of our curriculum. Other groups are also showing an interest in using the new handbook.
  • Training teachers is far simpler and more cost-effective with the new materials.
  • Feedback from teachers and from the regional supervisor of the government program has been overwhelmingly positive, and it seems likely that the program will be extended next year, subject to funding for the government program overall. 

Although this program is government funded, there are many administrative and other expenses necessary to an implementation like this that are not covered. Donations like yours make it possible for us to have the resources, staff  and infrastructure in place and ready to make an impact, and to go the extra mile when the need arises. Thank you.

We're still waiting to receive consent to share photos from classrooms in Kupang. For now, you can click here to see a video of the training event.

I hope that you'll smile a few extra times this week when you remember that you played a part in this.

In partnership,

Stuart Patience

On Behalf of Yayasan Tunas Aksara and the Saya Suka Membaca team

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Dear Friends of Yayasan Tunas Aksara / Saya Suka Membaca,

I hope this email finds you, your family and neighbours in good health and good spirits.

You're probably aware that this has been a really tough time for Indonesia and for Jakarta in particular, with hospitals stretched beyond capacity. Four of our team have been sick with Covid-19, and one of them was hospitalised. We're thankful that they all pulled through and are starting to recover, but two have lost a parent in this latest wave, and there is a lot for them to deal with.

Needless to say, schools will not be returning to face-to-face teaching any time soon. As the team recovers and the current lockdown restrictions loosen we continue to work hard to be ready for when schools do return, and to find other ways to support teachers, for example, by supplying 'libraries in a box' and other resources.

Before the Delta variant of Covid-19 hit us so hard, we had been having a good second-quarter:

  • The team made further progress on improvements to our handbooks, teaching and training resources, which are the foundation of this project;
  • We also made significant breakthroughs in automating data entry and analysis of test results, which will enable us to better support teachers to identify which children in their classes need additional support as they learn to read;
  • We also began an exciting new partnership to train teachers in two primary schools in Kalimantan, with face-to-face training planned for July (now delayed until September).

In this context, we continue to be enormously grateful for your support of the project as we work to help thousands of children in communities across Indonesia to learn to read, and to love reading.

In partnership,

 

Stuart Patience
Jean Christensen

On behalf of the Yayasan Tunas Aksara team

 

P.S. If you're interested to learn more about literacy and education in Indonesia you may be interested to visit the 'Articles and Resources' section of our website (link opens in a new window), which features a collection of research and reports from various sources. We recently added an interesting piece on the history of literacy in Indonesia, which provides helpful context to the challenges we face today.

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Black and white draft of the poster for letter Y
Black and white draft of the poster for letter Y

Dear Friends of Saya Suka Membaca,

Welcome to the first quarterly update for Teach 2,000 Indonesian Children to Read - I hope that it finds you well.

A word about emails

A couple of housekeeping items before we get into the update. The first is that we'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about the project - you can email me directly at stuart@sayasukamembaca.com. 

Secondly, we're aware that GlobalGiving send out a fair few emails. Please do unsubscribe if these bother you, and send any additional comments you may have to me at the address above - we'll be sure to follow them up with the GlobalGiving team.

What we've been doing

It was fantastic to end 2020 with such an encouraging response to the fundraiser, and there's a sense of optimism and energy in the office despite ongoing disruption due to Covid-19. Face-to-face teacher training is still not possible, but we've been approached by several new partner organisations who are keen to get their teachers trained in time for the start of the new school year in July, and other organisations have been in touch about ordering books.

The team has been working steadily to prepare the simplified version of our curriculum in time for the new school year. Stories and posters for all the consonants were completed in February, largely based on the team's previous work but including new posters for F and Y (you can see the black and white draft poster for the letter Y at the top of this email).

This month we've been working on entirely new phonics stories for the vowels (A, E, I, O and U). The spec for the first two posters for these lettters have been sent to the illusrator. 

What's next

Once the final stories are with the illustrator we'll be ready to begin trialling the new lesson plan templates and resources with individual teachers. This is a critical part of how we develop our materials: they need to work well for normal teachers in real classrooms - or be revised until they do. By the end of June we should have a working prototype of the new resource and be ready to start training small groups of teachers.

Thank you

That's all for this update - with thanks as ever for your interest and support in this important work!

In partnership,

Stuart Patience

On behalf of Yayasan Tunas Aksara 

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Location: Jakarta Utara, DKI Jakarta - Indonesia
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Jean O. C. Hutahaean
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