President Joko Widodo Appealed to All Parties to Support Education Advancement

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In every endeavour, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged all stakeholders to cultivate the mindset that will progress national education. The president used his official Instagram account, @jokowi, to share his views on May 2, National Education Day.

“I hope the spirit to advance our education continues to live in every initiative and technology that we develop,” Jokowi said on Thursday.

The president said that education has evolved from the time of independence to the present and should be flexible enough to respond to new developments. The president also wished everyone in Indonesia a happy National Education Day. “Happy National Education Day,” Jokowi remarked.

Every year on May 2, Indonesia celebrates National Education Day in honour of Ki Hadjar Dewantara, the first education minister and national hero who is widely regarded as the country’s educational founder. It is also his birthday on National Education Day.

Dewantara also came up with the phrase “Tut Wuri Handayani,” which means “those on behind, encourages,” which currently serves as the motto of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology. This phrase encapsulates Dewantara’s belief that educators should inspire their students to pursue knowledge.

The Merdeka Belajar (Independent Learning) program is one of the ministry’s innovations, according to Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim. Its goal is to assist develop and transform education in Indonesia.

“Leading the Merdeka Belajar program made us realize challenges and opportunities we have to advance national education,” Makarim stated at the National Education Day commemoration ceremony on Thursday.

He said that because it takes the commitment of stakeholders to change their attitudes on the teaching and learning process at schools, the ministry has faced a number of obstacles in its attempts to completely alter national education over the past five years.

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