Australian Embassy

Ten Years of Building Schools Together

Media Release

29 November 2016

Australia and Indonesia today celebrate a decade of building schools in some of the most remote and disadvantaged areas across the archipelago.

In the last ten years the Ministry of Education and Culture, in partnership with the Australian Government has built 2,725 junior secondary schools, providing 10,175 classrooms and creating 366,300 new student places.

Australian Chargé D'affaires, Dr Justin Lee said creating hundreds of thousands of new opportunities for children to attend school is a major milestone in the Australia-Indonesia partnership, while the next step is to ensure the teachers and principals in those schools have access to quality training and curriculum support.

“Our work with Indonesian educators is now focussed on enabling principals and teachers to learn more about the latest concepts to improve the way children learn and to create a positive school culture through the Ambassador’s Principals’ Lecture Series and the INOVASI program,” said Dr Lee.

Over the past decade Australia has worked closely with Indonesia to achieve the national goal of access for all students up to grade nine. In this time the national gross enrolment rate of junior secondary school students has increased from 88 per cent in 2006 to 100 per cent in 2015. 

Minister of Education and Culture, Professor Muhadjir Effendy has today opened a photo exhibition which showcases many of the schools built. The exhibition is open to the public at the Ministry of Education and Culture until the end of the week. Images are available here.

See the ten year building program at:

INOVASI Facebook Inovasi untuk Anak Sekolah Indonesia

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