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New Program Focuses on Education in Indonesia
CHICAGO, September 6, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago, in conjunction with the Sanata Dharma University in Indonesia and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed an innovative educational program designed for Indonesia’s secondary school leaders. Loyola’s master level program will assist the Indonesia Ministry of National Education (MONE) in its efforts to bring efficiency to educational management, one of the four strategies identified for aiding the country’s national development through improving the educational system.
The new program, Indonesia Secondary Educational Development Program (ISEDP), provides access to a Certificate in School Leadership for educators throughout Indonesia. The certificate will provide these educators with an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge, preparing them to lead amidst the unique challenges and opportunities found in Indonesia’s secondary schools.
“This is a really unique curriculum, in that the capstone project for this master’s program is the successful development of the Certificate in School Leadership Program. Upon completion of this initiative, the newly formed certificate program will then be taken back to Indonesia and taught by this cohort to other secondary school leaders,” said David Prasse, dean of Loyola’s School of Education. “Education is a very powerful tool, and it’s rewarding to think that by educating these 12 school leaders, we’re helping to better an education system that currently faces a number of challenges.”
Earlier this summer, the program kicked-off with a team of 12 Indonesian school leaders who came to Chicago for three months to begin their master’s degree program in instructional leadership at Loyola. Initial courses included advanced English language and a graduate-level course on instructional leadership. Having returned to Indonesia for the school year, the group will return in summer 2008 to continue the program. After the summer session, the course schedule includes three courses in fall 2008, one course taken via assignments from December to January, three courses in spring 2009, and two courses in summer 2009.
“In addition to coursework, the cohort will have the opportunity to observe and discuss strategies offered in their classes through practical workshops and secondary school visits,” says Prasse. “It’s important that we provide them with every opportunity to review our country’s secondary education system, as it will certainly have a great effect on the development of their certificate program.”
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