A teacher stands in front of her dilapidated school in Lima village, Poso, Central Sulawesi. (Antara Photo/Fiqman Sunandar)

Education Standards on the Rise in Indonesia: Unesco


SEPTEMBER 06, 2016

Jakarta. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, launched the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report in Jakarta on Tuesday (06/09).

The Indonesian capital was selected by Unesco to represent the Asia-Pacific region. The report will also be launched in London, Kigali in Rwanda and Medellin in Columbia.

The "Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All" report is the first publication in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report covers issues such as lack of environmental education and educational inclusion.

"This first GEM report should be a wake-up call — we need good education to make the transformational changes demanded by the 2030 agenda," Unesco assistant director general for education Qian Tang said.

According to Tang, United Nations member countries have to standardize education in their countries. He said the biggest challenge to achieve educational equity in Indonesia is the lack of access to remote areas.

"Indonesia is moving in the right direction, but I know it's a big challenge, which is why Unesco is committed to provide the expertise and a platform to exchange ideas and plans," he said.

Manos Antoninis, a senior policy analyst for the Global Education Monitoring Report, said that adequate education financing and monitoring are needed to reach the 2030 agenda, especially as Indonesia's financing methods vary from province to province.

Unesco Jakarta director and representative Shahbaz Khan attributed the growth of the national education budget to the government's fuel subsidy cuts. He believes with bigger budget the government will be able to improve teachers' skills.

"Education is everybody's problem and to be able to provide the same level of education we need to provide the right infrastructure," he said. Khan revealed the Indonesian literacy rate has gone up to 99.7 percent in 2015 from 98.7 percent a year earlier, which gives hope for the future of education in the country.

He also expressed Unesco's plans to work toward educational inclusion in Indonesia, especially in rural areas and for people with disabilities.