Improving Indonesia's Early Childhood Education - or Pendidikan Maju Anak Bangsa in its native language - is Ancora Foundation's flagship program which was previously called Sekolah Rakyat Ancora.
The program was initiated in 2008, stemming from the fact that many vulnerable, low-income children lack access to high-quality early childcare or preschool programs. Yet, a strong body of research shows that evidence-based kindergarten programs can improve the trajectory of disadvantaged young children’s education, health, economic and life outcomes.
Basing its method on character-based curriculum, the program places 2 teachers from each participating school to undergo an 11 days intensive training that promote the adoption of teaching models which in the end will improve young children’s language, literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional skills. Modules include aspects of pedagogy, physical activity and nutrition education.
Ancora Foundation aims to help 1,000 community-driven early childhood education centers in Indonesia. Up to mid-2019, the foundation has reached out to 448 centers, benefiting close to 1,000 teachers, trickling down to approximately 10,000 children annually.
More info on the program: ancorafoundation.org