Local Culture Fills Character Education

Kompas, page 12

The central and local governments along with the stakeholders continue to promote character education, especially from primary to high school. The local culture in each region   fills and enriches the curriculum. This was conveyed by Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy when opening the 2nd Maluku Cultural Congress  in Namlea, Buru Regency, Maluku. Sunday (6/11). According to Muhadjir, one of the main contents of that character education is to prioritize local wisdom, excellence, and intelligence. The portion of character education in primary school is 70 percent, while for  junior high school it is 40 percent.

Therefore, the 2nd Maluku  Cultural Congress attended by  humanists, academics, and related stakeholders throughout Maluku is expected to provide contribution to education in Maluku.

The drafting of the character education curriculum  would later involve schools, the regional administration, and parents as  represented by the school committees. Currently, the Ministry of Education and Culture has trained 542 representatives from those elements. Next year, there are 1,500 representatives who will be trained. The government also plans to invite humanists and artists involved in school activities. Presentation of character education materials are mostly done on the ground by the active student learning method.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Maluku Said Assagaff in his speech said that Maluku, which consists of 1,340 islands has a diverse culture. There are around 100 sub-ethnic groups in the region. One of the efforts that will be done is to build a pilot multiethnic, multi-religious, and multicultural village.



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