• P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) Program is a partnership between the Governments of Australia (GoA) and Indonesia (GoI). INOVASI includes Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the National Development Planning Ministry (Bappenas), and sub-national partners in the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan and East Java. The Program seeks to identify and support changes to education practice, systems and policy which demonstrably accelerate improved student learning outcomes. INOVASI is managed by Palladium on behalf of The Government of Australia (GOA), through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and formally started on 18 January 2016. In 2021 INOVASI adopted a new Theory of Change which included Gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) and program priorities at the center of their overall strategy. Following the updated GEDSI strategy, they have focused on four domains: (1) teachers’ capacity for gender-sensitive and inclusive teaching: (2) teachers’ capacity to conduct diagnostic assessments for children with disabilities and returning to school after the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) scaling out the use of GEDSI sensitive resources; and (4) demand-driven research and technical support. This includes two ‘flagship’ activities: gender sensitive teaching in madrasah; and support systems for disability identification.

Lead Implementing Government(s)




East Asia & Pacific


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2016 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the National Development Planning Ministry (Bappenas), and other sub-national partners.


Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Gender equality
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary

Other populations reached

  • Policymakers
  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula


  • Coordinated Action

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies
  • System-wide review and reform


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Curricula, teaching and learning materials are free of gender-bias and stereotypes
  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased test scores
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Teachers and learners have the knowledge and skills to promote gender equality

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms