Education Fortifies Against Radicalism

Media Indonesia, page 1

Education is considered to be a bulwark to ward off the dangers of radicalism and intolerance in order to preserve diversity on Indonesian soil.  This was conveyed by Director of Maarif Institute, Abdullah Darraz as he responded to today’s National Education Day.

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud), he said, has a sense of crisis on the issues of radicalism, intolerance and various ideologies that are contrary to nationalism, Pancasila, and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. According to Darraz, ideologies that are contrary to the notion of nationalism had undermined the Indonesian education world over the past 10 years.

But according to Darraz, over the past two years, the Kemendikbud has focused and consistently paid serious attention to solving the problems of radicalism in the school environment. One of them is the revitalization of strengthening character education in various levels and educational units, especially in high school and vocational high school levels.

Darraz added the Kemendikbud is consistently working with various elements of civil society, especially the education caring community groups, in an effort to fortify schools from the threat of penetration of radical groups. He pointed out that the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Regulation No. 27 of 2016 on the Education Service on Belief in the Almighty God in the Education Units was issued in order to strengthen diversity in schools.

Radicalism that is based on exclusivity, said Fajar Riza Ulhaq, Special Staff of Mendikbud for Inter-institutional Cooperation, is not in line with our educational philosophy which is transparent in the learning process. He said that  education should be returned to its essence, namely the learning process in educating and humanizing learners.

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