Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy acknowledged that the government has not been much involved in the development of Early Childhood Education (PAUD). It was announced by Muhadjir as a speaker in the XVII Congress of Muslimat Nahdlatul Ulama on Friday (25/11/2016). He said there are two things that made the government not to have been involved in the development of early childhood education.
First, because the budget is very limited. Second, since early childhood discourse as education had only emerged in Indonesia. Muhadjir also praised the Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indra Parawansa who is also Chairperson of Muslimat NU (Women’s NU), as one of the pioneers of early childhood. Therefore, further Muhadjir, until now it is society that is more dominant in developing early childhood.
Muhadjir cited data collected by his side; it was recorded that government-run Kindergartens (TK) throughout Indonesia is only about 3,180. Whereas, the number of kindergartens managed by private parties total 82,000.
So, continued Muhadjir, most of the management of PAUD has been the society’s role. Therefore, the state during this time could only give some encouragement in facilities, aid that amounted not too much. Nevertheless, the government still strives to play a more significant role in PAUD in future. Because early childhood is the foundation in the development of a person’s character and that must start from an early age.