JAKARTADAILY.ID – Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Nadiem Makarim on Wednesday, February 9, unveiled Indonesia's priority agendas on education and culture at the G20 Education and Culture Ministers Meeting chaired by the Government of Indonesia.
At the meeting, Nadiem explained some of Indonesia's priority agendas.
"There are four priority agendas on the education sector that we will strive for as the leader of the G20 Education Working Group and at the summit with the other education ministers. First, Quality Universal Education. Second, Digital Technology for Education. Third, Solidarity and Partnership. Fourth, The World’s Future Post-Pandemic,” Nadiem said, as quoted by Indonesia's cabinet secretariat website.
"One of the basic values of our nation, mutual cooperation, is pivotal to help us and the world to recover and rise," he said.
Indonesia does not want to waste the opportunity as its G20 Presidency received by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in December 2021, was seen as a good chance to showcase itself to the world, especially to the developed countries, which are members of the multilateral platform.
Indonesia, Nadiem said, as quoted from Indonesia's cabinet secretariat, is also struggling in its educational sector, as all countries in the world trying to survive the COVID 19 pandemic, but Nadiem explained one of the government's programs, called Merdeka Belajar Program (Freedom of Learning) was able to show progress.
This program allows teachers to have more autonomy, while at the same time it is meant to improve students' literacy.
On that occasion, Nadiem also informed there will be an Arts and Culture Conference for Recovery and a summit with the G20 culture ministers in the Borobudur Temple area.
"Indonesia calls on the world to encourage culturally-based sustainable living practices and the creation of a global consensus to achieve the goals," he said, as quoted by the cabinet secretariat's website.
At the end of his remarks, Nadiem invited the world leaders to take real and meaningful actions.
"Let’s realize the G20 theme of ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger’ into real and meaningful actions. With the spirit to recover and rise together, I would like to invite everyone to strengthen mutual cooperation so we can make Indonesia’s G20 Presidency a success and realize Freedom of Learning, Freedom of Culture,” he said.
The Minister then pulled a gunungan, which depicts mountains in Javanese shadow puppetry. This action marked the inauguration of the G20 in the fields of education and culture.
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