Indonesian Agricultural TVET project LMSINDO continues online


As every country in the world, Indonesia has also taken measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. The Indonesian Agricultural TVET project Link and Match SMK in Indonesia has therefore continued project activities online. Over the last few weeks Dutch and Indonesian project partners have collaborated through online sessions to continue the progress of the project as smoothly as possible.

Online Labour Market Need Assessment
In June 2020 Maastricht School Management (MSM) together with Q-Point B.V. conducted several Webinar series for its Labour Market Need Assessment (LMNA). From the Indonesian partners Polbangtan Bogor, SMKPP Kupang, SMKN 1 Waibakul, and UNDANA were involved.

The assessment was aimed at exploring the needs of the local labor market in terms of competences requirement and gaps and challenges. Furthermore, collaboration possibilities with selected stakeholders was looked into as well.

The online sessions were a new valuable and fruitful experience for the enthusiastic participants, as due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all LMNA processes went through tele-assessments, involving training and questionnaire discussions.   

Learn from Home support
Starting from April 2020 MSM supported SMKN 1 Waibakul Learn from Home activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The support includes: strengthening internet connection, providing sanitation facilities and learning materials.

Internet connection is considered very important to communicate the project activities. While the sanitation facilities should be increased as well, concerning the changing school learning activities.

The teachers show strong efforts in keeping the learning spirit among the students high. As there are only very few students who have an android or online device, the learning process will be through either teachers visiting their students houses or the students coming to the school, handing over the learning materials. 

The aim of the multiple-year project is to strengthen SMK teacher training on national and regional level by enhancing the educational and organizational capacities of the MoA POLBANGTAN system and SMKs, assisting SMK-PP Kupang to upgrade to the status of agricultural polytechnic. Furthermore it’s important to strengthen linkages on national and provincial level by establishing collaborative frameworks between education, government and the private sector (triple helix). The project will strengthen the overall agriculture teacher training further by bringing the Ministry of Agriculture into the project framework, creating robust and seamless coordination to prepare scaling up process.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme. Nuffic OKP contributes to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by providing access to education and training for professionals and organisations in technical vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its development cooperation policy. The subsidy programme is managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. It offers funding for long-term, demand-driven partnerships between Dutch knowledge institutions and organisations in 19 participating countries, as well as individual scholarships and Tailor-Made Trainings in all 53 selected countries. The € 195-m, five-year programme ends mid-2022, enabling tens of thousands to change their future. From the Dutch development cooperation policy, 4 priority themes have been selected on which to focus in the programme: Food and Nutrition Security; Water, Energy and Climate; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Security and Rule of Law. Cross-cutting themes in this programme are inclusion, employability and environmental sustainability.