The ceremony was organized at the Atlet Century Park Hotel in Jakarta, and was attended by 60 participants, including 14 media representatives.
In Indonesia the Programme will be undertaken by 26 participants (see more on their profile).
The ceremony began with a report by Ms. Yun Widiati, SH (Head of International Facilitation Division, Bureau for International Planning and Cooperation, MoEC) on the Distance Training Programme.
Opening remarks were delivered by:
- Dr. Anwar Al-Said, Head of the Education Unit, UNESCO Office, Jakarta
- Mr. Kahlil Mahshi, Director of IIEP
- Mr. Haryanto T. Budiman, Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of J.P. Morgan in Indonesia
- Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Musliar Kasim, Vice Minister for Education, Ministry of Education and Culture
Dr. Anwar Al-Said explained the importance of this programme to bring in new ideas to improve educational policy options and planning to improve the quality of education in Indonesia.
Mr. Kahlil Mahshi, (throug video message) reiterated the purpose of this programme to equip country representatives with the skills necessary to prepare effective and relevant educational policies and plans.
Mr. Haryanto T. Budiman informed that this CSR programme aims to seek solutions to educational issues relating to equity, quality and inclusion through improved educational planning.
Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Musliar Kasim underlined the importance of having good planning and policy development skills in order to be able to better strengthen the country’s education programmes. These country education programmes are notably in preparing for the 12 Year Compulsory Education Programme; improving accessibility and inclusion; strengthening teachers, facilities, infrastructure, and the National Examination system; and in providing education that is psychologically and sociologically adaptive. Prof. Kasim hopes that this Distance Training Programme can be well implemented at the central level, and be further expanded to the provincial and city levels.
Prof. Kasim then officially opened the Distance Training Programme.