ERIC Number: ED418219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Are the Ideas of Learning Kejar Packet A of Indonesia Still Valid?
Napitupulu, Washington P.
Introduced in Indonesia in 1977, the Learning Kejar Packet A (LKPA) is an educational program for low-literate people and primary school dropouts. The 20-year-old program is still flourishing, but are its ideas still valid and what are the secrets of its longevity? The first reason probably lies in the contents and design of the learning materials called Packet A. The contents---knowledge, skills, and attitude--are closely linked to real-life situations. Motivating factors are also built in. The second reason might be found in the word "kejar," which means literally "to catch up." Kejar is also two acronyms--bekerja (ke) meaning to work and belajar (jar) meaning to learn and kelompok (ke) belajar (jar) meaning learning group. These three meanings have become the essential characteristics of LKPA. The third reason might lie in LKPA's delivery system. After a preliteracy program, a learning group is formed. The fourth reason is probably its flexibility, such as motivating members of the armed forces to participate as tutors and facilitators and provision of supplementary learning materials. The fifth and probably most important reason for LKPA'a longevity is the Indonesian gotong-gotong or mutual assistance social system. LKPA is still flourishing because it is in tune with the idea of Education for All and All for Education and is integrated with an employment-oriented learning program. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Asia Literacy Regional Forum (Manila, Philippines, May 5-9, 1997).