BALIGE, NORTH SUMATERA UTARA – Head of Toba Samosir (Tobasa) Education Office, Lalo Simanjuntak, committed his office to provide quality educational services in all primary and junior high schools. To turn this determination into reality, the education office is committed to continue to improving the capacity of teachers, principals, and supervisors. “We have worked closely with USAID PRIORITAS to conduct a series of interrelated training and mentoring activities to improve the capacity of educators and non-educational personnel at the basic education level. This cooperation will last until 2017,” said Lalo while carrying out monitoring at SD HKBP No.1 in Balige, Toba Samosir, Thursday (5/3).
Lalo said that teachers who were trained by USAID PRIORITAS had been able to apply active learning in their classes. This model of learning enables them to explore and enhance the student’s ability more effectively. Students in USAID PRIORITAS partner schools have been assessed as appearing more creative, active and confident. “If the teacher is good quality, the students will also be good quality,” he added.
Lalo said that the USAID PRIORITAS program has begun to expand. Since 2014, the education office has conducted training and mentoring in 16 Sub-districts to promote consistency in the quality of education. “The schools in rural areas are also entitled to quality education services. Our task in the education office is to make this happen,” he stressed.
One of the parents, Amelia Hutagaol, praised the learning model applied in SD No. 1 HKBP. Amelia admitted that she was happy to send her children to the school and for them to get a quality education. “I don’t think there is a school in Tobasa that cannot teach the kind of lessons that international schools in Java do,” said Amelia, who had recently moved from Bogor to Tobasa. (Eh)