Public Discussion “Cross-Cultural Education’s sharing: Trend in Indonesia”,11 May 2016, @Atma Jaya University, Semanggi Campus

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Education in Indonesia falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan or Kemdikbud) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kementerian Agama or Kemenag). In Indonesia, all citizens must undertake nine years of compulsory education which consists of six years at elementary level and three in secondary level. Islamic schools are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Schools in Indonesia are run either by the government (negeri) or private sectors (swasta). Some private schools refer to themselves as “national plus schools” which means that their curriculum to exceeds requirements set by the Ministry of Education, especially with the use of English as medium of instruction or having an international-based curriculum instead of the national one. In Indonesia there are approximately 170,000 primary schools, 40,000 junior-secondary schools and 26,000 high schools. 84 percent of these schools are under the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and the remaining 16 percent under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA). Private schools only comprise 7% of the total schools number.

Indonesians are required to attend twelve years of school. They must go to school six (or five, depending on the institution) days a week from 6:30 a.m. until afternoon (usually 2 or 3 p.m.) They can choose between state-run, nonsectarian public schools supervised by the Department of National Education (Depdiknas) or private or semi-private religious (usually Islamic) schools supervised and financed by the Department of Religious Affairs. Students can also choose to participate in extracurricular activities provided by the school such as sports, arts, or religious studies. However, although 86.1 percent of the Indonesian population is registered as Muslim, according to the 2000 census only 15 percent of school-age individuals attended religious schools. Overall enrolment figures are slightly higher for girls than boys and much higher in Java than the rest of Indonesia.

With the chracteritics stated above, Indonesia still faces challenges in growing it educational system, but also facing a great of opportunities to become a center of cross-cultural edcuation trend in the world. With this situation, some Doctoral students from State University are interested to study further about education culture in Indonesia through visiting government institutions and other institutions to dig any information about it.

Objectives and Activities

The Objectives of this event are:

  1. To introduce education culture in Indonesia to a broader public
  2. To share knowledge on what challenges and opportunities of Indonesia’s education system

The event will cover the following activities:

Sharing from Expert of Indonesia’s education system

Speakers from Atma Jaya university who are experienced to present about education culture and systems in Indonesia, its challenges and opportunities.

Sharing from Michigan State University Doctoral Students

We would like to invite speakers from Michigan State University to share about the trends of education growing in U.S and to find similarities and the differences that could be developed together.

Time and Place

Day, Date        : 11 May, 2016

Time                : 13.00 – 15:00 WIB

Place                 : Semanggi Campus, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia  Jl. Jenderal Sudiraman No. 51, Jakarta, Ruang Seminar K22.02