The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta announces an open competition for the design and implementation of an exchange program in the field of education to develop leadership capacity and knowledge of the U.S. in private secondary schools in Indonesia. This program will invite senior instructors and leaders (?kiai?) of Islamic day and boarding schools to join with their counterparts from other Indonesian private schools to visit the United States for training and classroom observation as well as provide them with an orientation to U.S. society, history, culture and values. The program is intended to strengthen secondary school education in Indonesia, support tolerance in a diverse, democratic society, and allow Indonesians and Americans to share their views on the role of the school in the community and the community in the school.
The embassy will have approximately $400,000 available to award for this project.
Academic year 2005/2006 will be the fourth year for U.S. Embassy Jakarta programs for secondary school educators in Indonesia, which now include nearly 100 alumni. Through these programs we
Promote mutual understanding and foster a steady relationship between the people of Indonesia and the U.S.;
Assist the next generation of Indonesians in developing the skills they will need to lead in their aspirations for political and economic transformation in the 21st century;
Secure democratic values, gender equality, and civic responsibility by giving educators the opportunity to view American society and participate in focused activities based on their interests and needs.
FY 2005 Program Objective
Achieving education reform and a higher standard of basic education in Indonesia is one of the highest priority areas for the U.S. mission. The Public Affairs Section supports this endeavor by designing training and exchange programs for leadership development in secondary and tertiary education.
This grant is intended to:
expose program participants to American culture and democracy through a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. education system and its context, including homestay experiences and field visits that will enable them to attain a broad view of the society and culture of the U.S.
encourage program participants to share their culture, lifestyle and traditions with U.S. citizens.
? provide Indonesian educators with leadership opportunities that will foster skills they can take back with them and use in their home country.
? provide activities and training that will help educators and community leaders increase and enhance their students' understanding of the importance of tolerance and respect for the views and beliefs of others in a civil society as well as encourage excellence in teaching and expand subjects offered in their schools.
Through this program, participants should:
Acquire an understanding of important elements of a civil society. This includes concepts such as volunteerism, the idea that American citizens can and do act at the grassroots level to deal with social and educational problems, and an awareness of the respect for the rule of law in the U.S.
Acquire an understanding of the importance of education to creating the conditions for a free market economy. This includes awareness of private enterprise and an appreciation of the role of the entrepreneur in economic growth.
Develop an appreciation for American culture, an understanding of the diversity of American society and increased tolerance and respect for others with differing views and beliefs.
Interact with Americans and generate enduring ties.
Teach Americans about the cultures of their home countries.
Gain leadership capacity that will enable them to initiate and support activities in their home countries that focus on development and community service.
The Public Affairs Section is interested in a creative and sustainable education leadership program for Islamic and other boarding school faculty and administrators who are often from rural areas of Indonesia and have few opportunities to interact with a diverse group of people or visitors from the United States. Boarding schools and their day school components are, however, one of the few community-based institutions in Indonesia and have the potential to be a model for social reform and citizen involvement as Indonesia develops its own system of decentralized government.
Applicants must provide for three key activities:
(1) Recruit and select approximately 30 individual leaders from Indonesian private secondary schools that are administered under the auspices of the Government of Indonesia?s Department of Religious Affairs. For this phase of the program, partnering with organizations based in Indonesia is encouraged.
(2) In addition to identifying schools and screening, selecting, and preparing participants prior to departure for the United States, the recipient of this grant will be responsible for building and executing a three to four week informative travel and residency program in the United States.
(3) The final part of the program will be conducting enhancement activities and leadership development opportunities that reinforce program goals after the participants? return to Indonesia. An essential follow-on component will be a longitudinal assessment of the achievements of the program.
Preference will be given to those organizations that offer participants opportunities to develop leadership skills and raise their awareness of how to develop critical thinking, nurture democratic values, and encourage tolerance for diversity through the classroom and through school-supported community activities and networks.
Organizations chosen under this competition will be responsible for the following:
a. Recruitment, screening, selection, and orientation of participants in close coordination with the embassy in Jakarta;
b. Providing escorts and interpretation during the program in the United States as well as culturally appropriate meals and allowing time in group schedules to accommodate religious practice;
c. Setting up meetings, travel and training;
d. Booking travel and completing visa and immigration documents;
e. Arranging accommodations;
f. Specialized training of local staff and volunteers to work with visitors from a Muslim majority country;
g. Preparation and dissemination of materials;
h. Program-related enhancement and leadership training activities post return and technical support of networking arrangements;
j. Communication with the organizations conducting other program components, when appropriate;
k. Quarterly evaluation of the organization's success in achieving program goals;
l. Post-arrival and post-return orientations;
m. All arrangements for post-return conferences and workshops.
Applicants must request a grant for the participation of at minimum 30 participants. The program can be conducted in any region of the U.S.
Administration of the program must be in compliance with reporting and withholding regulations for federal, state, and local taxes as applicable. Recipient organizations should demonstrate tax regulation adherence in the proposal narrative and budget.
Applicants should submit the health and accident insurance plans they intend to use for participants in this program. If use of a private plan is proposed, the State Department will compare that plan with exchanges plans in use currently in other State Department programs and make a determination of which will be applicable.
Policy Perspective: President?s Education Initiative
The $157 million Indonesia Education Initiative, announced by President Bush, is a cornerstone of the U.S. government assistance program in Indonesia for 2004-2009. The program directly responds to the Government of Indonesia?s priorities and reflects a joint Indonesia-U.S commitment to revitalize education for the next generation of Indonesia?s leaders.
Indonesia?s students consistently score low on international and regional tests for math and science due in large part to the uneven quality of teaching and learning. Improving education service delivery, how teachers teach and students learn, and the relevance of work and life skills will ultimately lead to more promising futures and sustainable jobs for Indonesia?s youth. Improvements in basic education will result in a stable and productive society.
? At least 30% of teachers lack appropriate training; only 40% of children who enroll in primary school complete 9 years of basic education.
? Local governments are poorly prepared to manage the recently decentralized education systems.
? Public funding for education is the lowest in the region.
? Support a decentralized effort for quality education;
? Encourage the Indonesian government to increase its investment in education;
? Support Indonesia?s democratic transition;
? Expand an educated workforce that will promote international investment and stability.
Also see http://www.usembassyjakarta.org/press_rel/summary-education.html.
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Who can apply:
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
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