Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) together with Emmanuel Foundation, Mentari School Jakarta and DKI Jakarta Office of Education launched the Innovative School Programme (ISP) partnership on 28 February at a ceremony held at JIS. The programme aims to build on the teaching skills of faculty and educators at public elementary schools in Jakarta.

ISP facilitates Jakarta teachers and principals in delivering the national curriculum through fun and motivating interactive teaching methods. As volunteers in the programme, JIS teachers conduct weekend workshops during which they share their knowledge and experience with teachers and principals of local state elementary schools.

At the ceremony JIS Head of School, Timothy Carr, said that “As an educational institution we are not only dedicated to JIS students but also to improving the overall quality of education in Indonesia, especially Jakarta, through the development of ISP’s interactive teaching modules and methods.” He hopes that the ISP programme can continue to evolve and be expanded to other regions, thus providing optimal benefit for both Indonesian educators and students.

The DKI Jakarta Provincial Education Agency selects the participating teachers, principals and schools, while the Emmanuel Foundation maintains relations with the government and schools to ensure that the programme runs well. JIS and Mentari Schools Jakarta host the workshops and provide the training material.

As of 2017, there are 381 teachers and principals from 68 public elementary schools in Jakarta who have participated or are currently participating in the ISP programme. The ISP ceremony also marked the opening of JIS’ new F-module which, in addition to being used for regular classes during school days, will also be used as an ISP training and workshop facility.

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.