Skip to comments.Obama Administration Pours Millions into Indonesian Education --
Posted on 05/31/2011 2:35:57 PM PDT by Steve Peacock
-- Support for Islamic, Public Schools Begun by Bush Continues
Insufficient public funding and substandard educational quality-poorly qualified teachers, ineffective classroom methodologies, lack of education planning, teacher absenteeism, budgeting and managementall result in low completion rates after primary school and extremely low rankings against international testing standards, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics.
Having reached the above conclusion about one of the largest school systems in the world, the Obama Administration is infusing $90 million into a project to improve teacher performance and student outcomes in that particular systemthe nationwide school network, that is, of Indonesia.
The five-year endeavor will benefit Islamic schools operated by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) as well as public schools of the Ministry of National Education (MONE), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) acknowledged in a solicitation, #SOL-497-11-000007, outlining the endeavor (.pdf; 934.83 kb).
USAID is reaching out to private sector organizations capable of delivering quality improvements to teacher-training institutions and providers to bolster the effectiveness of those schools and, ultimately, the future economic prospects for its 41 million students.
U.S.-led improvements to that nations education systemin addition to providing assistance in the realms of climate change and regional securityare seen as priorities for U.S.-Indonesian relations, according to a recently released Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new project, known as Prioritizing Reform, Innovation and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesias Teachers, Administrators, and Students, or PRIORITAS.
Indonesiathe worlds most populous Muslim nationin 1999 started to decentralize national control over education. The Bush Administration through USAID/Jakarta in 2003 began helping Indonesia to carry out those changes through aid programs such as Managing Basic Education (MBE), a four-year, $10 million project
By the following year the Administration had embarked upon a six-year, $157 million programwhich it described as one of the largest, if not the largest, USAID education program in the worldto help Indonesia simultaneously decentralize and strengthen its archipelago-wide educational system of schools and madrasah.
Cooperating institutions in that endeavor included Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, or Indonesia University of Education, and Universitas Muhammadiyah of Central Java, whose vision statement is to Become the best university in developing the science and technology based on the Islamic values.
Other participating organizations included Institut Agama Islam Negeri, or State Institute of Islamic Studies, whose mission is To become the centre of excellence in the multidisciplinary and competitive study of Islam and its sciences.
A decade ago a decentralized education system offered the promise of improved management, increased parental and stakeholder participation, strengthened accountability and improved quality of teaching and learning, the RFP says.
The structure of a modern decentralized system has been put in place, yet decentralization has failed to deliver on its promises.
Therefore one of the goals of PRIORITAS is to make national authorities more aware of school-based management and teacher training activities begun under previous projects, thereby making officials more sensitive to the needs of district governments responsible for carrying out and paying for education.
PRIORITAS seeks to ensure that such technical and management capacity exists at all levels of responsibility within the Indonesian public and religious education ministries.
Despite its successful decentralization efforts, the Government of Indonesia continues to impose school and teacher accreditation criteria and minimum school-performance standards upon local and provincial governments.
Unfortunately, district governments are ill prepared to manage the 147,537 overnment primary and junior secondary schools, let alone support Indonesias 39,000 MORA schools, the RFP says.
Contractors selected for PRIORITAS will consult with MONE, MORA and USAID in choosing at least fifty new districts for the five-year project.
At least 200 model schools shall be selected for the purposes of demonstrating best practices in teaching, learning and school management, the projects Statement of Work says.
Schools selected should include non-religious public schools, public and private madrasah and any other parochial schools in the area that teaches the national curriculum."
The specific provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, South Sulawesi and Papua will receive a full range of PRIORITAS technical assistance, training and support.
Amazing to believe, but true — it actually started under Bush, and continues through Obama. An ex-State Dept. staffer told me that such efforts were aimed at making the Islamic schools more “moderate.” Hmmm.
Maybe they should fix Detroit first.
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They are doing it all backwards. First you need to unionize all the teachers, remove all discipline from schools and then pour endless money into education. It sure worked here.
Oh yeah...that’s where I want my tax dollars going, friggin’ Indonesian education. Meanwhile, the pot-holes are getting bigger on US 101!
Bush was an idiot when it came to Islam and believed anything his “experts” told him - actually, being a nice guy and not a theologian, he wanted to believe that it was a “religion of peace.”
Bambi, on the other hand, wants to promote Islam actively. Since with Bambi, everything is all about Bambi, this is because he sees himself as the caliph of the New Caliphate, where he will be worshipped at all times, be able to golf as much as he wants, and have all the dope and sexual partners that Islam accords to any higher-level being. Peons, on the other hand, get the worst goats, no wives, and only the little boys who are children of people even lower in status than they are. But Herr Caliph gets the best of everything.
Poor Bush. Naive and foolish.
Another Bush fiasco comes to light.
Great. Pouring money into an Islamic pit of corruption. Helping them be “better” muslims.
When will it stop. I guess when it hits the bottom of the abyss and crashes to smithereens.
I don’t want to hear the word “boo” from anyone who says that we don’t have enough money to fund education.
Support for Islamic, Public Schools Begun by Bush Continues
Disgusting. And we continue to cut military spending, Seniors, and Federal government workers. Yes some don’t think these three groups need a “raise” but sheesh can we at least agree that giving it to those three groups is better than giving it to freaking Indonesia?
Sarah Palin: “I will not borrow money from China to give to _______”.
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Wrong. She will give money to Israel. That is a fact. We will always pay our debt payment (interest only of course) and pay Israel. Those are the two biggest requirements that we have. Everything else could go to zero but those two will never and actually shouldn’t.
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Its our dollars how does he do that????? you know he will get kickbacks
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