Crucial to the success of any drive to improve Indonesia’s education system is the quality of its teachers. Titian’s Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Programme is designed to bring the latest teaching ideas and techniques into Indonesian classrooms.
Traditional teacher training in Indonesia focuses on the cognitive aspects of teaching, neglecting other equally important competencies such as emotional intelligence and psychomotor learning. Titian’s TQI Programme aims to improve teachers’ skills in the areas of personality building, social skills and pedagogy in an attempt to deliver more appropriate and effective learning approaches and activities.
In 2007 the government recognised the importance of the quality of teaching and in that year Titian conducted a teacher training programme entitled ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning’. In 2010, in partnership with ROTA (a member of the Qatar Foundation), Vodafone and the Ministry of National Education (MONE), Titian took a further step. It developed the Teachers Quality Improvement (TQI) programme.
A decade after its conception, 1,829 teachers, 253 headmasters, 71 school supervisors and 57 teacher trainers had benefitted from the TQI Programme with total project value of more than IDR 20 billion.
The direct beneficiaries of the TQI Programme were elementary and junior high schools’ teachers in Yogyakarta and Klaten. The programme targeted between 35 and 40 teachers per batch, followed by three months post-training assistance. A direct outcome of the programme was that at least 65,000 students received higher quality teaching with all the subsequent benefits that this entails.