Suara Pembaruan, page 16
Head of Research and Development Department of Ministry of National Education (Kabalitbang Kemdikbud), Totok Suprayitno, said that Islamic education is important for frontier areas. Islamic education can fill the gap in the service of education with Islamic character for students in frontier areas.
This was revealed by Totok referring to the power and reach of the madrasah that has provided services of general education with Islamic character in the remote, outermost and frontier areas (3T). Some 20% of children of school age have learned through Formal Diniyah. Previously, education on the Islamic religion was held informally. Currently, Islamic education has become formal and is equal to general education. Totok explained this matter at the event releasing the results of study discussion by Directorate General of Islamic Education and Education Sector Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) as a reference in formulating a study with a theme of “Improvement of the Quality of Islamic Education in Indonesia.”
Totok hoped that Islamic education can contribute to the moral education in the future. In this case, it is related to the character of Indonesian nationalism to compete in this era of globalization. Religious education is necessary to build moral character with the purpose of resulting in the best practice of Islam, which is Rahmatan Lil ‘Alamiin or the presence of Islam is for the universe, not only for the Moslems but also for all human beings.
Meanwhile, Minister of Religious Affairs (Menag), Lukman Hakim Saifuddin in his speech revealed that the potential and excellence of Islamic learning can become a resource for developing the nation. Moreover, Islamic education in Indonesia has a future vision to realize excellent and moderate Islamic education as a reference for the world in the integration of religious knowledge, science and technology. The Minister also mentioned that he will keep improving Islamic learning. The study found out that current learning still places emphasis on theory and peace values that have not been related to spiritual experience. Therefore, enrichment should be provided for students so that they will enjoy school time.