Dini Ruhiyatun is the only teacher at the Seroja Indah Early Childhood Education Center (PAUD) in the hamlet of Lendang Terong, in Barabali Village, Central Lombok. The PAUD, which has more than 20 students, had no permanent location until recently. In 2016, members of the community lobbied the village government to build a multi-function hall using Rp 60 million (US$4,450) in village funds. The idea to build the hall was initiated through the Generasi project, which is dedicated to integrating mother and child healthcare, as well as early childhood education and development programs, into village development planning. The hall is also used as a local health post (posyandu) and for other community activities by three nearby hamlets.
The village government has acknowledged Dini’s significant contribution to improving the quality of early childhood education in the village, and has provided her with support to improve her skills. Recognizing that Dini has no formal background as a teacher, the village government supported her participation in PAUD teacher training as part of the ECED project. The training was provided to Dini and 7,797 other community-based teachers in 2,647 villages throughout the 25 participating districts in 2016.
Dini explains, “In one of the training modules, we were taught how to develop a teaching workplan. This was extremely valuable, providing me with a practical guide for how to better present lessons in my classes. After participating in the training, I have been able to develop teaching material in a more structured way. The training also strengthened my confidence and invigorated my passion to continue teaching.”