PA Primary School Update 2011
The 2011 year is not always a smooth sailing. In mid year, we proved our existence by 'producing' our very own first graduates. Four children in grade 6 succeeded to pass the national exams with satisfying results. Despite this 100% passing percentage, we also detected a very serious problem in many of our students. Problem that is actually very common in any other schools too, especially in rural public schools: It is the reading ability and competency.
Our teachers in all grades reported that many students have low reading competency, a few students even have learning difficulties that weren't detected in the previous school. We are then questioning, how much did they learn in their previous schools? Why the schools didn't inform us about our child's problem? Why they let children pass their grades when the reality said otherwise? This reality and questions really motivated us to make our school, if not better, to be able to accommodate every student's unique needs and make learning an enjoyable experience.
Thanks to the wonderful volunteers we had this year, we're able to improve the capacity of our teachers and introduce new methods and programs to address students issues and strive to be a better school. We have conducted training in curriculum design, class management, reading and storytelling, art therapy, character building, and many other mini trainings we held almost every week. From this knowledge and experience, we started new programs within our school. In order to improve students reading ability, we have mandatory reading time every day of school for all grades (read the news story on the local newspaper here). Little children in grade 1 and remedial classes learn new method to boost their reading ability. Individualized programs for children with dyslexia and low numeric skill are also developed to help students perform better in school. All of this also made possible with the plenty of books donation from government project and individual donors, not to mention special endorsement from Minister and Vice Minister of Education.
With all these advancements, we have decided to move on to the accreditation process in the 2011/2012 academic year. If we are able to get the accreditation next year, we'll be among the first schools in Indonesia to achieve it within just 2 years of establishment. As we are working to meet the accreditation requirements, we found out that we are still lacking in several aspects, such as lacking of some school facilities, thus hinder us from getting the highest score. However, we don't let this stop our effort.
As the first semester officially ends today with the distribution of students' report cards, I would like to thank all the school staff, management staff, school principal, fellow coordinators, counselors, volunteers, school donors, and, especially our 50 students for their hard work and dedication.
School Coordinator Team