‘Gotong royong’ for global education revival – Inforial

Inforial (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta ●
Tue, September 6, 2022



The spirit of Gotong Royong (mutual cooperation) resounded at the meetings of the education working group and ministers of education in Bali from August 31 to September 1. of G20 countries to work together to help the global education sector recover and achieve equality in education.

The Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, expressed his gratitude to all member countries for their valuable contributions in preparing the deliverables of the Education Working Group ( EdWG) since March.

“We also thank international organizations for their guidance and suggestions in achieving the goals of the Education Task Force,” Nadiem said.

The MoECRT, together with G20 member countries, special guests and international organizations, produced a report with a compendium as deliverables of the education working group. The documents present the mapping of challenges and various strategies, as well as best practices from 26 countries, with more than 150 priority education programs.

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, expressed her gratitude to the Indonesian Presidency for its leadership over the past year.

“We have worked together across nations and cultures in the true spirit of Gotong Royong, and it is the only way to work in a world facing daunting collective challenges that require urgent solidarity and partnership to reimagine our future together. This is also the role and responsibility of the G20 group as leading countries and agents of change,” Stefania said.

Minister Nadiem added, “The EdWG series has produced a report and the compendium, which are very important documents in our efforts to promote recovery, strengthen and transform the global education system. These two documents reflect best practices, goals to achieve and dreams of a better future for all of us together.

Besides the report and accompanying compendium, the MoECRT has also been successful in uniting the voices of G20 countries to restore and reinvent the education sector as described in the President’s Summary. This summary was presented by Minister Nadiem during the G20 EdMM. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also actively contributed to the negotiation processes of the EdWG/EdMM meetings.

The G20 EdWG deliverables are the result of an agreement among delegates to show their strong commitment to achieving quality education. Going forward, these deliverables could help other countries design and implement more robust and resilient education policies aimed at addressing the learning loss caused by the pandemic in order to work towards achieving universal quality education by 2030.

G20 member countries also reaffirmed their commitment to promote knowledge sharing with the aim of addressing various challenges in the education sector in line with the four priority issues of the G20 EdWG 2022, namely universal quality education, digital in education, solidarity and partnerships and the future of work after COVID-19.

In addition, the G20 EdWG deliverables also highlight the important role of global commitments in transforming the education sector in line with UN commitments. It is the commitment to integrate learning approaches, resources and other methods into educational policies and practices.

MoECRT and G20 member countries are also committed to promoting lifelong learning and the acquisition of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes by all learners. Such a commitment is made with the aim of enabling all learners to thrive in their lives and work and to contribute to the creation of a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society.

The day’s meeting, Nadiem added, was part of MoECRT’s real action as the education sector leader to address the four priorities of the EdWG discussed since the first meeting in the beginning. 2022.

“It is imperative for us as leaders to work together to achieve a better future for all children, at all levels, in all countries,” Nadiem said.

“We will achieve this noble goal together by ensuring equal access to quality education, using digital technologies to accelerate improvements in educational practices, increasing the efficiency of school management and, above all, by empowering teachers and students. It is only by advancing on all these fronts that our efforts to recover and transform education can succeed in the face of our current difficulties and our future challenges,” the Minister concluded.