“Creative and joyful” were the adjectives President Bush used to describe classroom lessons he observed in Indonesia while visiting with students and teachers taking part in EDC’s national education program there. Funded by USAID, EDC works with local governments to develop school leadership and management and improve teaching and learning.
Working with 29 local governments (100 by the end of the project) in eight provinces, the program known as DBE (for “decentralized basic education”) reaches more than half of Indonesia’s population of 250 million to help local districts manage schools previously run by the national government. More than 500 schools and 5,600 educators are active in the program, which serves more than 110,000 students.
During his six-hour stop in Indonesia, President Bush visited a DBE demonstration classroom and chatted with teachers and primary school students working on science and literacy lessons.
Originally published on January 1, 2007