G20 Countries: Spirit of Indonesia’s Gotong Royong Becomes Basis for Global Education Recovery

Yogyakarta, March 17, 2022

– Solidarity and partnership becomes the third priority program carried out by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendikbudristek RI) in the working group on G20 Education (EdWG). Chair of the G20 Education Working Group (EdWG), Iwan Syahril, mentioned that the spirit of solidarity and partnership, in this case “Gotong Royong”, is one of the main elements supporting the recovery. of education after each challenge.

Learning from the experiences of the pandemic, cross-sector collaboration should be encouraged to ensure the next generation is prepared to face future challenges. “We are all in this. We can only overcome it if we walk side by side, hand in hand towards the path of healing.” Iwan said while emphasizing the importance for all parties to put aside the differences and work together to recover education.

Highlighting what Indonesia said as the leader of the EdWG G20 on the importance of solidarity and partnership or gotong royong in resuming education, Marina Larrea, as head of the Argentine delegation, said: “We would like to thank Indonesia for placing solidarity and partnership as a priority for this year. Gotong Royong is such an inspiring concept for all of us. Argentina led the G20 presidency in 2018.

The spirit of this partnership was also recognized by delegates, such as Andres Contreras Serrano, head of the Spanish delegation. “In the spirit of gotong royong, global solidarity is not just a moral imperative, it is in everyone’s interest. G20 countries have both the moral imperative and the interest to make fundamental contributions to building solidarity strategies that help all nations of the world improve their education systems,” said Andres.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia also invited to this session the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, Mira Tayyiba, as Chair of the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (G20 DEWG) and Djisman Simanjuntak, Chair of the Think20 Engagement Group, to share their views with G20 EdWG delegations.

German delegate Rebecca Stock said: “I would also like to express my gratitude once again to Indonesia for organizing this meeting and for emphasizing the theme of solidarity and partnership. We think this is a very timely choice.

Iwan continued, “By learning from this experience (the resumption of education during the pandemic), we are gaining optimism to encourage cross-sectoral collaboration between public and private, as well as partnerships between sectors of the education and industry”.

Iwan said this (cross-sectoral collaboration) has become a priority for the Indonesian government. “To ensure that our children will be fully prepared to face future challenges, including the changing workforce, we need them to be aware and well-informed of the situation they will face. Based on this consideration, we are now moving towards higher education unbundling that incorporates meaningful and fruitful cross-sector collaboration,” Iwan explained.

Iwan, who is also the Director General of Teachers and Educational Personnel of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, raised the two concepts of emancipated learning (Merdeka Belajar ) as true examples of Indonesia’s commitment to embrace the spirit of solidarity and partnership in the education sector.

Collaboration between academics and the private sector to support higher education levels, Iwan said, is in line with the concept of emancipated learning in higher education (Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka), which provides students with the opportunity to improve their skills according to their talents and interests. entering directly into the world of work. Meanwhile, collaboration between the government and higher education institutions is manifested through Indonesia’s transformation of public funds for higher education.

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