CSU, Chico News

Visiting Educator Will Lecture on Democracy and Education in Indonesia

Date: 09-19-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Peggy Du Fon
Department of English

Anita Lie, PhD, a professor in the School of Education at Widya Mandala Catholic University in Surabaya, Indonesia, will speak on the California State University, Chico campus on the Schools of Democracy movement in Indonesia on Monday, Sept. 26. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. in Modoc 217.

Lie is an expert in curriculum development, teacher professional development and teaching language and literacy. She is also a leader in Indonesia’s Schools for Democracy movement. Schools for Democracy educates people in democracy as a process that can be used to build bridges among various special interest groups and institutions and enhance public decision making.

Lie said, “After 32 years of tightly controlled government, former President Suharto was overthrown through a students' movement in 1998. Since then, the general public has had wider access to participate in the political arena. Yet, Indonesian people still have a long way to go toward enhancing their democracy. Schools for democracy is an organization that aims to aid in the process of democratization by increasing both the quantity of citizen participation and the quality of civil discourse.”

Lie has been involved in designing and developing the curriculum for Schools of Democracy in Indonesia and has facilitated teacher workshops in such remote areas of Indonesia as Sumatera, Kalimantan and Papua. In her talk, she will share her experience in this work and her insights resulting from it.

The Schools of Democracy project is carried out by the civil society organization Indonesian Community for Democracy and is supported by the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy. Lie’s visit to Chico is co-sponsored by the CSU, Chico Department of English and the School of Education.