Bandung, May 19, 2022 – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has decided to hold the 2nd hybrid meeting of G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) on May 18-19, 2022, in Bandung, West Java.
The ministry designated West Java as the meeting location to invite the participants to reflect on the Sundanese people’s philosophy in connection with gotong royong (mutual cooperation), namely Sabilulungan. It is in line with the meeting’s goal to achieve common goals as well as for members to participate actively in the meeting.
Iwan Syahril, Chair of G20 Education of Working Group (EdWG) 2022, said that “Mutual cooperation is a spirit that is going to be carried out continuously in every strategic step and implementation of the G20 EdWG meeting results. This is also the case in the education world in general where mutual cooperation becomes key for recovery.”
The spirit is in accordance with the philosophy of Pasundan people, Sabilulungan. Sabilulungan is a local wisdom that goes beyond promoting mutual cooperation, as it also promotes silih asah, silih asih, silih asuh, and silih wawangi. It also teaches to set aside any differences to achieve the great objective for the common good. Such noble value that is inherent in the community was one of the reasons for selecting Bandung.
Silih asah has the meaning of mutual learning and information sharing. Silih asih means mutual care, while silih asuh means mutual fostering, and silih wawangi can be interpreted as mutual support.
“In line with these four values, in the 2nd meeting of G20 EdWG that will take place starting today, we hope that all members will actively take part in the meeting by sharing thoughts with each other to create quality education and provide access to such education for all, in the spirit of mutual cooperation,” Iwan said.
Sabilulungan spirit in the G20 EdWG meeting is expected to encourage the emergence of policies, innovations, and inspirations that are beneficial for national and global interests.