18.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

National Launch of the 2012 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR), focusing on Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work

Indonesian National Commission for UNESCOPhotographs taken by the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO

Jakarta, 14 March 2013 – A National Launch of the 2012 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR), focusing on Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work, in Indonesia was held on 14 March 2013 at the Ministry of Education and Culture (Jakarta, Indonesia). The event was organized by UNESCO Office, Jakarta and the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO.

Panel presentations were delivered by Dr. Anwar Al-Said (Head of the Education Unit, UNESCO Office, Jakarta) who provided a detailed explanation on the findings and recommendations of the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report. The 2012 EFA GMR identified the following ten most important steps that need to be urgently taken to support skills development for young people: (1) Provide second-chance education for those with low or no foundation skills; (2) Tackle the barriers that limit access to lower secondary school; (3) Make upper secondary education more accessible to the disadvantaged and improve its relevance to work; (4) Give poor urban youth access to skills training for better jobs; (5) Aim policies and programmes at youth in deprived rural areas; (6) Link skills training with social protection for the poorest youth; (7) Make the training needs of disadvantaged young women a high priority; (8) Harness the potential of technology to enhance opportunities for young people; (9) Improve planning by strengthening data collection and coordination of skills programmes; and (10) Mobilize additional funding from diverse sources to meet the training needs of disadvantaged youth.

A grand design of quality improvement for teachers and educational personnel was presented by Dr. Abi Sujak (Secretary of Board for the Development of Educational Human Resources and Quality Assurance of Education). Dr. Wartanto, MM (Director of Courses, Directorate-General of Early Childhood, Non-Formal and Informal Education) described the Directorate of Courses’ programme to accelerate of access of life skills through non-formal education. The programme of the Directorate for the Management of Vocational Secondary Schools in strengthening link and match between vocational schools and industries was explained by its Director, Ir. Anang Thahjono, M.T. Dr. Nanik Suwaryani, M.P.A. (Head of Curriculum and Books for Early Childhood, Non-Formal and Informal Education, Center for Curriculum and Books Development) presented the Curriculum and Textbook Reform 2013 - as a way to improve student’s life skills. The importance of entrepreneurship and life skills was clarified by Mr. Ivan A. Sandjaja, Ph.D. (Head of Teaching-Learning Center, Ciputra University).

The event was attend by approximately 60 representatives from various Directorates and Centers of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, Coordinating Ministry for Social Welfare, Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ciputra University, Prasetya Mulya Business School, Putera Sampoerna Foundation, Mooryati Soedibyo Foundation, ILO Jakarta, and other related organizations, as well as media professionals.

For further information please contact: Dr. Anwar Al-Said (Head of the Education Unit, UNESCO Office, Jakarta, a.alsaid@unesco.org).

Related link: UNESCO's Opening Address to Launch of 2012 EFA GMR in Indonesia




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