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This study aims at analyzing a post-literacy program run by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia. This program, operating since 2009, provides public resources in the form of grant money to educational institutions and community learning centers (CLCs), not only to preserve literacy but also to help poor and illiterate people achieve economic independence. This study examined students’ achievements in literacy and life skills, and explored the program’s economic impact on communities. The interviewees who participated in the study included adult students, tutors, heads of CLCs, and senior education officers at the district, provincial, and Ministerial level. A significant amount of primarily qualitative data was gathered through document review, observation and interviews with 29 participants.

The study’s findings reveal that the program, as implemented, has significantly mixed results. As a social and educational program, it maintains students’ literacy and teaches life skills quite successfully. As an economic program, however, it has been markedly less successful. The results also illustrate that for the majority of students, completing the program did not directly correspond to economic advancement.

How the economic side of the program could be improved is beyond the scope of this study. The data gathered in this study, however, suggests areas in which the program can be improved, including teacher and tutor education, better managerial and administrative training, revisions of program evaluation policy, and closer stakeholder partnerships.