About half of the training programme has been completed by participants in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. IIEP is taking this opportunity to pose questions to some participants and coordinators.
Third to be published: Dr. Hafid Abbas, team coordinator of the ESP Programme in Indonesia and Professor of Human Rights and Education at the Faculty of Education of the State University of Jakarta, Indonesia
You have been coordinating the ESP Programme for the past 6 months. Could you please tell us about your role as Team Coordinator?
H.A: My role is very simple. First, as a part of the team, I facilitate the interaction between and among participants during the weekly session. As a facilitator, I have been greatly supported by two co-facilitators, Widya and Lisa. Widya facilitates all matters related to administrative and management, such as the venue of the weekly session, schedule, attendance, etc. Under her initiative, a special website for this team has been made to allow each participant to fully participate in all topics and group activities at each module. Lisa is facilitating participants on substantive matters such as compilation of individual contributions to group report. As a facilitator, I have been greatly supported by two participants acting as experts for each module. For example, for module two, Awaluddin and Aip are the resource persons for statistics and calculation. I have been trying to maximize the capacity of each participant to find what interests them, depending on their knowledge and skills for each module. I assume, if they like to do what they are interested in, they will do it well, and having done it well, they will like to do it better. This is the way to ensure a personal commitment to the ESP.
Could you briefly explain why your training institution is participating in this programme? How do you think this programme has been beneficial for your institution?
H.A: The State University of Jakarta is one of the largest public universities in Indonesia and the only public university in the capital. In the past two decades, it was a teacher training college and very strong in educational planning. By participating in this programme, this university has been able to renew its strengths on educational planning both for undergraduate and graduate studies.
As the world’s fourth most populous country, which is home to three-quarters of the Muslims of all Arab countries combined, and now the second-largest democracy outside the West, Indonesia should have a leadership role on how to manage education. In the early transition of the country from a centralistic to a decentralized system, from authoritarian regime to democracy, Indonesia amended its constitution to put at least 20 per cent of its national budget into education. Educational planning is absolutely vital to managing education in this new era of Indonesia. Universities, including the State University of Jakarta, could be the “brain” of the nation, providing professional capacity on educational planning to education decision-makers at all levels, and through all types and channels of education across the country. I agree with the saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”.
Participants just taken the first individual examination and have completed three out of the six training modules. How would you assess the progress made by participants so far? Do you have some concrete examples?
H.A: As a facilitator to the ESP programme, I noticed all participants have done their best. They have been working very hard to digest the substance of all modules. They have made significant progress. I am therefore very optimistic that they will be able to complete this programme successfully.
Prior to this programme, most participants have not been able to use statistical formulae in educational plans, but now most of them are very familiar with those formulas and are able to apply them in their own institutions.