|School Resources and Infrastructure Improvements|
IRD improves school facilities and allocation of educational resources through increasing community participation in school fundraising activities, leveragin in-kind contributions from local and international businesses, and directly delivering materials, equipment, and infrastructure.
Increasing Community Participation in School Fundraising Activities
In the second phase of the USDA-funded School Health Improvement Project (SHIP), IRD established fundraising task forces comprised primarily of parents, provided them with a stimulus grant of Rp. 200,000 per school, and trained them to develop a revolving fund to sustain the SHIP school snack feeding program. IRD assisted each group with development of income-generating activities such as community savings and loan schemes, which significantly increased the fund to Rp. 1 million and enabled parents to purchase local sources of food that met nutritional requirements.
Leveraging In-Kind Resources from Government and Private Businesses
IRD has helped primary schools in Yogyakarta obtain local government resources. School committees trained to develop proposals and budgets during SHIP school fundraising workshops have been awarded local government grants for implementing water and sanitation projects, computer training, school building renovations, and teacher training workshops. IRD has also supported junior secondary schools in Central Java to obtain resources from international and local businesses. Partner junior secondary schools and non-formal education providers trained by IRD to use the USAID Decentralized Basic Education (DBE3).
Establishing Public-Private Partnerships module received 33 sewing machines, nine pieces of computer equipment, and 15 embroidery tools from private businesses for vocational classes. IRD, with contributions from USAID and Intel Corps, has equipped four junior secondary schools in Central Java with model computer labs containing 40 new computers, UPS units, and starter edition software.
Direct Delivery of Materials, Equipment, and Infrastructure
IRD conducts direct delivery assistance in the form of educational materials, food and emergency supplies, and water sanitation facilities. IRD has provided teachers in 100 schools throughout five provinces of Indonesia with life skills teaching materials and resources such as teaching guides, student workbooks, bilingual picture dictionaries, world maps, games, and visual and audio learning aids to enrich classroom learning and upgrade school performance to meet national education standards. IRD distributed noodle snacks and biscuit kits to 500 primary schools throughout Yogyakarta, and provided teachers with health education media such as peer health education manuals, food pyramids, and children health books to improve the academic performance and nutritional status of children suffering from malnutrition. In response to the massive earthquake in May 2006, IRD donated hygiene kits and medical supplies valued at $231,000 to schools in Yogyakarta and Central Java. Addressing lacking hygiene facilities in schools throughout Aceh and Yogyakarta, IRD constructed or upgraded water and sanitation facilities in 287 primary schools with funds from UNICEF and USDA.