Teluk Bintuni Basic Education Programme

Map of Teluk Bintuni. Source: Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

Formerly a part of Kabupaten Manokwari, the relatively new Kabupaten Teluk Bintuni now consists of ten districts. The population of around 40,000 (2005) comprises roughly 60% indigenous Papuan and 40% of non-Melanesian ethnic origin, including trans-migrants from western parts of Indonesia.

During its initial scoping visit in November 2005, British Council had noted the many challenges of education in Kabupaten Teluk Bintuni, such as:

  • The inadequately managed and poorly resourced education system;
  • Low quality of teaching;
  • Low levels of morale and professionalism among teachers;
  • Schooling is not valued by parents and the community; and
  • Students underachieve.

Beside the above challenges, administrative difficulties are also experienced by a newly formed district, geographical constrains, and a lack of transportation for children to able to access education.

Building upon these findings and to contribute to the goal of economic and social developement, the Basic Education Programme is aimed at increasing participations in basic education and improving learning outcomes throughout the Kabupated. The three major areas of concern include:

  • Strengthening policy making, accountability and management of the education service delivery;
  • Improving learning outcomes at school level, and;
  • Increasing the demand for education at community level.
To achieve sustainability, the BEP works in close partnership with three clusters of stakeholders:
  • The district government which includes Dinas Pendidikan and Yayasan at the Kabupaten level;
  • The schools, which include head teachers, teachers and students;
  • The parents and the community in general.
Our approach focuses on supply and deman factors and has four pillars:
  1. To improve education policy-making, planning, management and accountability.
  2. To improve the effectiveness and efficiency of education service delivery.
  3. To raise children’s participation and continuation in education.
  4. To raise community interest and support for education.
Our Guiding Principles
  • Sustainable change and local ownership
  • Dialogue and engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Willingness to adapt
  • Appropriate solutions for institutional development and capacity building
  • Leverage of sources of funds
  • Coordination with other programs
  • Active learning.