Demand-driven Vocational Training and Education in Poultry and Dairy Sectors: Successful Third Phase of Curriculum Development Training


In the SAS21 project, managed by MSM, the aim is on improving demand-driven vocational training and education in poultry and dairy in Indonesia. 10 Indonesian SMK’s will become gender sensitive, agribusiness driven and certified with help of the project.

In the first week of March, phase three of the curriculum development training to improve demand-driven vocational education in poultry and dairy was held on the gorgeous island of Lombok. Engaged teachers and lecturers from SMK’s and Polytechnics joined together to formulate the upcoming dairy and poultry teaching curricula for SMK’s and Polytechnics. In the process, they were advised online by two experts from Aeres University of Applied Sciences: Ernst Beitler – a specialist in poultry farming – and Daan Westrik – a dairy expert.

“When is the next training taking place?”

The training was extremely well-received, with participants asking, “When is the next training taking place?” by the end of the week. The working atmosphere was highly energetic. Due to extensive precautions, all participants remained safe and healthy and genuinely enjoyed face-to-face collaboration during the turbulent times of the COVID pandemic. Currently, the team in Indonesia is developing a short movie capturing the events of the training week.

Assessments are used to test whether students are able to perform the professional task which is trained in a module. Each assessment therefore contains a practical situation and an assignment students have to execute. The assessment simulates as much as possible the reality of the profession the student is trained for. The development teams are developing assessments for each module for the dairy and poultry programmes at the level of SMK and Polytechnic.  Each containing about 12 professional tasks. The main elements of the assessments to be designed are: description of the context, description of the assignment and description of the assessment criteria.

Furthermore, discussion took place in groups according to participants area of expertise. With the help of many motivated and engaged participants, it was possible to initiate the finalization of the blueprints for the poultry and dairy education modules. Different assessments for the individual modules were developed, with corresponding content, including theory, exercises and learning tasks following. Depending on the subject and educational institution, years are divided into semesters comprising of two to three modules each and may include thesis work and practical internships.

In the coming weeks, the agenda includes deciding the concrete distribution between practical, theoretical, and training tasks for individual schools and modules. Especially activities preparing students for the demands of the labour market are crucial. In response, core professional tasks are a central component in the new curriculum to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to prepare for a job after graduation.

Impressed by the productivity of the training week, participants agreed on organising a similar get-together within a reasonable timeframe to uphold the positive momentum and finalise the modules. Further strategic decisions are set to be discussed in an upcoming steering committee meeting.

About SAS21
The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aims to improve demand-driven vocational training and education in poultry and dairy in Indonesia. The project is a cooperation between MSM, the Vocational School of IPB University and the Aeres Group.

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