Indonesian Army Sends 900 Soldiers to Teach Schools in Border Areas

Jakarta, MINA – As 900 Indonesian Army (TNI) will teach schools to overcome the lack of teachers in border areas.

This was agreed with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education and Culture and the TNI on strengthening competence in the learning process at the border at the Ministry of Education and Culture office, Jakarta, Wednesday.

The Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Supriano explained the TNI and Ministry of Education would send 900 soldiers to two Indonesian regions, Nunukan and Malinau, North Kalimantan.

Previously, TNI soldiers have been prepared to provide assistance to the shortage of educators schools in need.

“What we will give is pedagogical education. So how do you teach, how to teach fun. “TNI is serious, but if you face children, you must not be emotional,” said Supriano.

He explained, the soldiers would be given pedagogical training on March 10-15, 2019 by the Ministry of Education and Culture. In addition to pedagogics, the things taught include character building, national defense, reading and writing , life skills, and scouting.

“They will work together with teachers later, for example there is one school that needs a sports teacher, they can. Then learn about defending marching countries, they can. “In remote areas, reading counts, they can,” he explained.

Supriano said that this cooperation was one of the preparatory steps if the TNI assigned to require teachers in the area. Because based on the monitoring of the Ministry of Education and Culture some time ago, there were still schools on the border that needed teaching staff. This certainly disrupted learning in related schools. Therefore, TNI soldiers were deployed to assist the needs of teaching staff.

“This is the answer to the nawacita program, we do not only build education in urban areas but also in border areas,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Army General Major, Bakti Agus Fadjari as a representative of the TNI said there were still many outermost regions of Indonesia that needed attention. Therefore, he also hope that the joining of the TNI and the Ministry of Education and Culture in education in the outermost areas could create good education for all Indonesian people.

“We are also involved in the learning process in our leading schools. The quality that will be displayed by soldiers if they are involved in the learning process will be better, “he said. (TR/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)