The IRD Approach
Papua Basic Education Needs Assessment
In 2007 IRD conducted a Basic Education Needs Assessmet in Papua to idntify educational needs and determine how IRD’s extensive background in education and its ongoing projects could be of assistance to Papua. IRD received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Papuan people and request for technical assistance in each of its sectors.
Papua Multi-Sector Needs Assessment
Later in 2007 IRD executed a follow-up needs assessment to determine the priority sector for engagement and develop a project concept paper. The assessment confirmed primary education as a top priority and key driver of economic development, further evidenced by a government commitment to co-fund an education project that incorporates teacher-training, school-based management, and community participation. IRD designed the project concept with participation from key government and international NGO stakeholders.
Aceh Vocational Education Needs Assessment and Labor Market Analysis
IRD carried out a Vocational Education Needs Assessment in Aceh to identify implementing partners, government counterpart contributions, emerging labor market needs, and links to existing programs for the development of a polytechnic university funded under a USAID-Chevron public-private partnership. The IRD Education Advisor and former Ministry of Education vocational education consultant established partnerships with leading polytechnics in Surabaya, Solo, and Bandung for transferring best practices and conducting teacher exchanges. The team also identified business networks and key members of investment and trade associations to form a curriculum review board and apprenticeship training program.
Life Skills Training Program Evaluation
Between November 2007 and January 2008, IRD carried out an assessment of the life skills training component of the USAID Decentralized Basic Education project. Thirty-eight junior high schools were surveyed in East Java, West Java, Central Java, North Sumatra, and South Sulawesi. Interviews with 533 teachers, principals, and students showed that teachers lacked resources needed to fulfill the objectives of the program. To respond to this crucial need, IRD developed a life skills learning resource box and supplementary teaching and training materials.