Education An Important Part Of Sustainable Development: Minister

Education An Important Part Of Sustainable Development: Minister
Education An Important Part Of Sustainable Development: Minister
Jakarta - Education is an important part of sustainable development, Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, said in Serangan Island, Bali, on Monday.

"Education has become an important part of our strategy to create a sustainable future for Indonesia," he added.

In the past 20 years, there has been the most radical transformation in education, Makarim noted.

In the past three years, the Ministry of Education and Culture has changed the way of measuring the quality of education in Indonesia, he said.

Currently, the ministry is focusing on the building of basic competencies, such as computing, logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving, he said. This is a major transformation in the world of education, the minister added.

"We have changed the way we assessed the system and have sent a signal of massive change in the whole image of educational institutions today. Some 140 thousand schools, or almost 50 percent of our schools in this country, have implemented a new curriculum focused on project-based learning," he informed.

In addition, the ministry has also carried out projects related to climate change, inter-religious tolerance, and entrepreneurship related to local diversity, among others.

Besides, Makarim said that his ministry is also cooperating with world-class industries and world-class non-profit institutions.

"As many as 400 thousand students in tertiary institutions have, in the last two years, started project-based learning that conducts research and shares knowledge in the field of technology," he added.

All parties bear the responsibility of ensuring that the next generation is able to grow up and take over leadership positions in the country, he said.

Meanwhile, president of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Jeffrey Sachs, lauded the educational transformation carried out by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

"Indonesia must be proud to have a minister like him. What Minister Makarim is doing and all the transformations that are being carried out in Indonesia's education sector are being discussed by the world," Sachs remarked.

Oleh : Indriani, Resinta Sulistiyandari/Antara
Editor : Yakop

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