Yogyakarta, March 15, 2022 – Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendikbudristek RI) and Chair of G20 Education of Working Group (EdWG) 2022 Iwan Syahril expressed his hopes from the agenda of the first G20 EdWG 2022 meeting in today’s press conference (15/3). He said that the agenda of this meeting was expected to strengthen the commitment of all G20 countries to provide universal quality education.
“The most severe impact of the pandemic in terms of education is learning loss. We must work together to avoid this disaster. In addition, we also want to produce a report in the form of best practices from G20 countries with various contexts, such as Africa, Europe, Asia, America and Australia. In the future, this report can be an inspiration for the world on how to recover post-pandemic, especially in the field of education,” Iwan Said.
To realize these hopes, Iwan explains that Indonesia gained inspiration from a number of resources both in the domestic and global contexts, including from international institutions in suggesting the agenda developed in the first G20 EdWG 2022 meeting.
In the domestic context, Indonesia brought breakthroughs from the transformative Emancipated Learning (Merdeka Belajar) program, such as the Kampus Merdeka initiative to the expansion of the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP) scholarship program. In a global context, Indonesia is in dialogue with several international institutions to look at pressing education problems and issues in the current conditions.
Through the agenda for the G20 EdWG 2022 meeting, Indonesia invites all G20 member countries and organizations involved to discuss not only between countries, but also between working groups/engagement groups, such as B20, Y20, and Think20. On the other hand, Indonesia also wants to strengthen the spirit of gotong royong, or supporting each other to reach a common goal, which can inspire the world to recover together.
“As a leader in the working group meeting that will discuss four priority agendas, we hope to come up with the correct solutions to overcome current issues in global education. We also hope that this dialogue can be translated by G20 countries into relevant policies and programs in the context of their respective countries,” Iwan concluded.