A step forward amid cultivated by Indonesia’s education sector.
Indonesia plans to cooperate with Germany to strengthen its education sector, especially with regard to vocational education.
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said cooperation in the education sector was the main focus of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s working visit to Germany.
“Why vocational education? Vocational education is obviously very necessary at this time to respond to the needs of today’s market,” Retno said at a press conference at the Adlon Kempinski hotel in Berlin.
Vocational education prepares people to work in various sectors, such as trade and manufacturing, or in supporting roles of various professions, such as engineering, accounting, nursing, medicine, architecture and law.
Retno added that vocational education was aimed at preparing Indonesia to embrace its demographic bonus period, during which more than 50 percent of the country’s population were below the age of 30.
“Undoubtedly, to improve or strengthen vocational education, the government should partner with the private sector and one of Germany’s key success factors in education is the partnership between the private sector and the government,” she went on.
Retno said enhancing cooperation in the education sector was particularly important for Indonesia, as it was now facing tighter competition following the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the turn of the year.
“Our qualification and expertise in certain fields of professions must be improved, and one aspect of this is strengthening vocational education,” the minister said.
President Jokowi and his entourage arrived in Berlin on Sunday evening local time. Indonesian Ambassador to Germany Fauzi Bowo welcomed the President. German Ambassador to Indonesia Georg Witschel was also present.
Retno said President Jokowi’s working visit was in response to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation conveyed during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit last year.
During the one-day visit to Germany, Jokowi will also attend several activities, including two ‘one-on-one’ meetings and a business forum. The President is also scheduled to meet with Indonesian citizens in Germany.
Indonesian Ambassador to Germany Fauzi Bowo explained the German education system to journalists at the press conference. After compulsory education of nine years, he said, students were given the opportunity to go to university or continue their studies at vocational education institutions.
“They are given an apprenticeship opportunity. They already receive a salary of a moderate amount, and two days a week they get vocational education that focuses on skills,” Fauzi said.
The ambassador said the skills of Indonesia’s young generation needed to be improved. This would become a mainstay of Indonesian economy in the future, he added.
Fauzi went on to say that Germany’s youth unemployment rate was the lowest in Europe, even in the whole world, particularly because the country’s workforce had professional skills, so they no longer burdened the society and the country.
“We will learn about the system. The President will have a closed-door meeting with Chancellor Merkel, probably it is also in this regard,” he added.
Fauzi said creating a partnership with the private sector was necessary to finance the vocational education program. “Private companies should be involved, because they will utilize this skilled workforce,” he said. (ebf)
Ontario create enough buzz in mathematics with poured huge funds. This is done to support students to achieve better grades in mathematics.
Ontario is dedicating more than $60 million to help support students across the province achieve better results in mathematics.
Math is a critical requirement for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Starting next September, key elements of the renewed strategy will be introduced including:
- A minimum of 60 minutes each day of protected learning time for effective mathematics instruction and assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8
- Up to three math lead teachers in all elementary schools
- Coaching for principals of select secondary schools to lead improvement in math among their students
- Support for learning at home through parent resources that provide helpful tips and information on the mathematics curriculum
- Better access to online math resources and math supports such as Homework Help or SOS Devoirs
- Math support for Grades 6 to 9 outside of the school day
- Opportunities for educators to deepen their knowledge in math learning, teaching and leading, including a dedicated math Professional Development Day to further their school improvement efforts.
The renewed math strategy is informed by research and lessons learned from the education sector. It focuses on the needs of students, their families, educators, schools and district school boards and encourages a shared responsibility to support student learning.The strategy also supports Ontario’s renewed vision for education with its focus on achieving excellence in math.
Helping students achieve success in mathematics is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- As part of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, Ontario students performed at the Canadian average and above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in mathematics, reading and science.
- However, from 2009-10 to 2013-14, EQAO Grade 3 mathematics results declined by four percentage points and Grade 6 results declined by seven percentage points.
- Since 2014, Ontario has supported more than 6,000 teachers to earn additional qualifications in math.