Madrasah Quality Improvement Program (MQIP) is a proven model in school-wide development for Islamic Schools in economic and geographically marginalized areas in Indonesia. Each model will build capacity in school community leadership; professional development of principals and teachers; use of information technologies and computers in schools. Scholarships will also be made available for underprivileged students.
Most Madrasahs rely on funding from religious groups. The Sampoerna Foundation MQIP program fosters self-sustainability by orientating and assisting school communities and their leadership to have choice of access to different forms of financing and resources that will support continuous and self-sustainable school development.
High drop-out rates of students in high school remains a challenge across Indonesia. Through on-going commitment from school community leaders and their communities, the MQIP program is already strengthening student retention rates improving the numbers of students remaining in school.
To help improve education opportunities for worthy students, MQIP will include the building of student hostel accommodation in conjunction with a school development model. This accommodation will cater to young leaders from poor villages and provide them with a rich education and life experience that they would not otherwise receive in their remote village locations. Accommodation will also be made available for teachers visiting from other areas to receive training.
The MQIP initiative includes:
Leadership development for principals, followed by network development and mentoring of principals in local clusters:
- Development of pedagogical skills and professional development of teachers. This includes introducing methodologies for engaging students in their learning, and in the use of educational resources to enhance teaching.
- Curriculum content development that will bring teachers up to date and in line with the national curriculum and examination requirements.
- Upgrading and equipping facilities with particular regard to libraries, learning centers, and the use of information and communications technologies.
- Information technology skills development for teachers, for administrative, personal and classroom use.
- English courses for teachers of general subjects.
- Development of research and report writing skills for teachers and students.
- National Examinations tutorials for students to reinforce learning and to help them be better prepared when undertaking examinations.
With the expansion of their program, Putera Sampoerna will add ten more Madrasahs, built upon the existing five to reach a total of 15. An additional 22,500 (average of 2000 - 2500 students in each) will be positively impacted, as well as their teachers and communities.
Measures of Success:
-The improvement in students' success rate in the National Examinations: 100% of the students in Year 12 (22,500 students) are expected to pass the National Examinations:
-The increased proportion of students progressing to tertiary education: 5% in year 1 and steadily improving in years 2 and 3 (a minimum of 1,125 over 3 years)
-At least a 10% rise of rankings of the Madrasahs in the national level
The MQIP program was initially launched in 2007 and followed proven models of school-wide development implemented in government schools adopted by the Sampoerna Foundation and its corporate partners. To date the MQIP initiative has been implemented in five Madrasahs in Indonesia. Sampoerna Foundation is now about to also embark on building student hostel accommodation attached to school development projects.
The challenges involved in engaging with Madrasah principals, teachers, and their school communities can be greater than the experience engaging with traditional government schools. Under-qualified teachers from the local communities often feel inferior to their counterparts from state-owned schools. Around 58% of Madrasah teachers fall below the minimum national standards and are not qualified to teach. They lack knowledge about pedagogy and classroom management and there is often a belief and hopelessness felt by parents that students will never be able to afford or aspire for higher levels of education. There are often entrenched beliefs that academically worthy students and young people with leadership potential will eventually go back on to the land and continue to do what their parents and previous generations have always done.
The Sampoerna Foundation organizes an early engagement with local community leaders and parents to orientate them in the benefits of school-wide development as part of the MQIP initiative. The orientation also includes how the introduction of scholarships organized by the Sampoerna Foundation and its local corporate partners can heighten the prospect of higher studies for worthy students from low socio-economic communities, giving hope to parents who would otherwise believe that access and affordability of higher studies would be out of their reach.
To ensure continuation and elevation of this success, a joint executive committee is an essential part of our quality management systems, to monitor and evaluate all of their programs. As appropriate, international donors and corporate partners will be given the opportunity of participating in this process in the interests of ensuring and maximizing the quality outcomes and expectations of their programs.
In 2007, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation became the first philanthropic education organization to receive ISO 9001 accreditation from SGS for our quality management systems.
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