Jakarta (ANTARA) – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko commended the effort to promote education for disabled people in Indonesia through a foundation of peace and education for people with disabilities from Japan, the Nippon Donation Foundation.
“Indonesian government already has several programs, such as Kartu Indonesia Pintar (Smart Indonesia Card) and Kartu Pra Kerja (Pre-Employment Card) program, which guarantee Indonesia’s young generation to have a good future, but we also welcome and thank those who have a good spirit to contribute to education in Indonesia,” Moeldoko noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Wednesday.
While receiving representatives of the Nippon Donation Foundation in Jakarta, Tuesday ( Jan 31), Moeldoko stated that the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) is ready to collaborate with parties committed to supporting Indonesia’s national strategic programs, including education for people with disabilities.
At the meeting, founder of the Nippon Donation Foundation, Muranushi Yuma, expressed his concern regarding the advancement of children’s education in the world, including in Indonesia. The foundation has made educational donations in Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and several cities in Indonesia.
Moeldoko is optimistic that through potential collaboration with the Japanese, students with disabilities can gain knowledge in the fields of technology, graphic design, and pop culture.
“Japan is famous for its pop culture of manga and anime. There are many children in Indonesia, including children with disabilities, who actually have a lot of potential in graphic design. It would be very good if students with disabilities could be given special education in graphic design for pop culture, such as anime and manga, which have a huge market in Japan,” Moeldoko emphasized.
The retired Indonesian military (TNI) also hopes that collaboration would provide financial assistance for education in schools.
Although the government has provided affirmation scholarships for children with disabilities, the limited number of special schools (SLB) in the regions has become an obstacle for disabled children to access these benefits.
“About 70 percent of expert staff in the KSP are (members of) the millennial generation, who are also concerned about educational issues. They are the ones who handle the national issues here. KSP is ready to become a bridge between the needs of the disabled community to (have) access to education and international parties, who are committed to helping in the advancement of education in Indonesia,” Moeldoko remarked.
Source: antara news