09.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Launch Press Conference

GEM Report Launch Press Conference: Journalists are keen on finding solutions to better quality and equity of education in Indonesia

The GEM Report has definitely attracted Indonesia’s media attention. More than 30 journalists attended the press conference. Most of the questions raised by the Indonesian journalists were directed to find solutions to better quality and equity of education system in Indonesia.

Dr. Seta, representing the Government of Indonesia, explained to the journalists on the GEM Report. It replaced the previous Global Monitoring Report Education for All, which period spanned for fifteen years from 2000 to 2015. Indonesia is honored to be trusted to host this year’s global launch Report representing the Asia-Pacific and Oceania Regions. “The world has seen Indonesia’s major improvement for the last couple of years. We have been making a good progress and we are heading toward the right direction, which is one of the reasons why Indonesia was selected,” stated Dr. Seta.

Mr. Tang said that the biggest challenge to achieve educational equity in Indonesia is the lack of access to remote areas. Education is a complex issue. There is no one key formula to fix problems faced in education. It is easier said than done. The world needs a collaborative effort to achieve global education commitments. Now, more than ever, education has a responsibility to make the transformational changes we need to meet the 2030 Agenda.”

Mr. Khan said, "Education is everybody's problem and to be able to provide the same level of education we need to improve the infrastructure. He praised Indonesia for he has seen a major improvement for the last past four years since he started working in Jakarta.

The Government’s reallocation of expenditure for the benefit of education, is one of the key solutions. Two ways to prioritize spending for education are to remove fossil fuel subsidies and to earmark education funds. He added, in Indonesia public expenditure on education had increased by over 60% between 2005 and 2009, largely due to fuel subsidy reforms. He also stated one of a successful UNESCO collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture is the Green School Programme which he hopes to continue and to be strengthened in near future.  

Finally, Dr. Antoninis explained that an adequate education financing and monitoring system is needed to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially as Indonesia's financing methods vary from province to province.

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