Heroes’ Day is synonymous with the moment of the bloody struggle for national independence. It has been 76 years since Indonesia was founded, supported by the values of fighters who are ready to sacrifice themselves, to work together and to never give up on the challenges they face. These passions and values challenge every party in Indonesia to be independent from COVID-19, including young people. It is crucial that the younger generation can become the heroes of today who have great empathy, respect and respect each other. To what extent the role and influence of young people as Indonesian heroes?
Today we are at an important moment in history. When pandemic recovery efforts are encouraged, every decision made can end in breakthrough or failure. Sadly, young people are one of the most vulnerable groups and bear the brunt of the impact of the pandemic, such as school closures, worsening mental health problems, rising youth unemployment and the impact of the pandemic. ‘limited access to health services and facilities.
The Unicef Indonesia report says the pandemic has shut down 530,000 schools in Indonesia and affected more than 60 million students and 4 million teachers. The pandemic crisis has highlighted the enormous inequalities students already face in accessing quality and distance education, as well as the increase in discrimination and intolerance among members of society. The gap between physical and digital infrastructure is also a significant challenge for the future of the educated generation in Indonesia.
The impact of the pandemic on the world of education further underscores that inclusive education must be at the center of the agenda of efforts to recover from the current global crisis. Education is the basis for inclusive economic growth, promoting social inclusion and creating an equal, prosperous and dignified society. Based on this background, inclusive education is one of the sub-themes raised by the G-20 (Y-20) Youth Summit in Indonesia in 2022.
The right to education is a human right and the basis for the realization of all other rights, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda and the 2018 G-20 Education Ministers’ Declarations and 2011. Starting with the opening up of access to learning for those who are left behind, the updating of the curriculum which incorporates the values of tolerance and respect for diversity, as well as the promotion of ‘a mindset to become creative, tough and innovative problem solvers.
The issue of education has been discussed together at the Y-20 summit since 2015, when Turkey held the presidency of the G-20. The interesting thing from the results of the 2015 Y-20 Summit negotiations in Turkey was the importance of fostering intergenerational solidarity and skills / expertise transfer, as well as eliminating gender inequalities in education. As legacy issues, education will continue and become a follow-up proposal to Communiqué Y-20 Germany 2017, Argentina-Saudi Arabia 2020 and Italy 2021 through the spirit of youth empowerment.
As for the presidency of the Y-20 Summit in Indonesia, inclusive education will be a priority area that is in line with the spirit of youth empowerment and emphasizes the values contained in Pancasila. Supporting quality early education, access to both formal and informal mentoring, as well as continuing professional development at all levels as well as youth mental health and well-being are further discussions on the priorities of the Y-20 Indonesia 2022 team in the field of diversity and inclusion.
As concrete action, Indonesia Mengajar and the 1,000 Gurus Movement have shown an interesting message that educators do not depend solely on teachers in formal education institutions. Young people such as students and other youth groups can also help teachers teach children in rural areas and ensure equitable access to information. In addition, digital software and online tutoring help are becoming more and more popular, such as teachers room.
The diversity of creativity of young teachers sent to various parts of Indonesia has helped educate the next generation through interesting games, regional songs or arts, exploration of language or customs as a very local wisdom. rich and colorful, as well as the completeness of digital. easy-to-learn technology. This is the true form of an educated hero.
It does not stop with the creativity of young people, schools can also create a peaceful atmosphere by presenting places of worship of 6 recognized Indonesian religions. The Sultan Iskandar Muda College Foundation has proven that students can share ideas and practice together through the existence of Confucian churches, cathedrals, monasteries, temples, mosques, and places of worship. They also offer modern ethnic music as one of the students’ extracurricular activities.
From the various good practices above, there are three main lessons that can be emulated and transmitted to the Y-20 Summit in Indonesia in 2022. First, inclusive education brings together different generations, especially vulnerable / minority groups who need to be better integrated. Second, Indonesian youth and women have great talents to contribute to the world of education, especially in preserving Indonesia’s highly diverse culture.
Third, the mobilization of young creative teachers also has a positive impact as educated heroes as well as assets of the state in achieving sustainable development. Educated hero creations can be maintained as long as there is synergy and collaboration between all parties. It is time for young people and Indonesian women to become educated, creative heroes and promote the values of diversity and tolerance in the world.