USAID contributions to UNICEF during COVID-19
Syaiful, 12, a child with a physical impairment, studies with his teacher Fatikhatus at his grandfather's home in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia. Syaiful cannot freely move his lower body or his right hand.
Syaiful attends Madrasah Ibtidaiyah (MI) 1 Ciberem in Central Java, which is part of the inclusive education programme under the 1in11 partnership – a collaboration between the Government of Indonesia, UNICEF and Lembaga Pendidikan Maarif Nahdlatul Ulama (LP Maarif NU), with support from Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) and the FC Barcelona Foundation.
Through the 1in11 partnership, 13 out of 14 teachers at MI 1 Ciberem have received trainings and workshops related to inclusive education that have taught them new knowledge and skills, such as how to identify disabilities and learning barriers, develop individual learning plans, modify learning sessions to make them more inclusive and talk to children positively. This has enabled the madrasa to support children with disabilities like Syaiful, who often experience difficulties finding inclusive schools in their communities.
Indonesia is among the countries in southeast Asia most-affected by COVID-19. The pandemic is
reversing recent health and development gains with severe and sustained consequences for children.
Specific vulnerabilities relate to reduced access to essential health and nutrition services including
basic immunization, treatment of severe acute malnutrition, poor learning outcomes related to school
closure and limited remote learning options, and expanded alternative childcare needs due to health and
economic effects of COVID-19 on caregivers and communities.
From the outset, UNICEF Indonesia has been working closely with the Government of Indonesia and
partners, including USAID, to address the immediate and longer-term effects of COVID-19 on children.