Ministry encourages madrassa teachers to strengthen digital culture

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has encouraged madrassa (Islamic school) teachers to strengthen the digital culture to develop students’ potential and improve their ability to face the world that is continuously evolving.

“Our students will face the times that are still uncertain since the technology, jobs, and conditions they are going to face will change quickly,” Director General of Islamic Education at the Ministry of Religious Affairs M. Ali Ramdhani noted in a written statement received here, Wednesday.

Ramdhani affirmed that digital learning had developed amid the pandemic, especially the education platforms that are available to assist online learning.

To this end, teachers are required to look at the change in the curriculum from a different perspective, so that they can adapt their teaching methods accordingly.

“Teachers must be able to explore the potential of students, so that they can face challenges in the future,” he remarked.

Based on the study conducted, there are two major groups: the digital society and the uneducated people.

Digital society is one where people view digital technology as a tool that can be purchased and used to help them in daily life.

“Most of these people only use technology as a tool in their daily life,” he affirmed.

Meanwhile, the uneducated people’s group work as “mandatory,” specifically those from low educational and economic backgrounds, though some of them always use technology to look for opportunities and develop their goals for the future.

A few people in this group become operators, traders, or administrative staff in offices due to their necessity.

“However, some of the rich at times cannot use digital media, so they employ the ‘mandatory’ people,” he stated.

Hence, it is important for madrassas to strengthen the digital culture in a bid to develop the students’ abilities to face various challenges in future, he noted.

Source: Antara News

Ministry’s official highlights three steps to handle learning loss

Official from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Franka Makarim highlighted three steps to handle learning loss resulting from the pandemic that entailed collaboration between parents, teachers, and the public.

“These actions aim to facilitate child development to be continued,” Makarim noted during a media briefing here on Wednesday.

Makarim remarked that one of these actions was the sustainable development of basic literacy for children both in school and at home.

The culture of reading could not only be cultivated at school but also at home since reading books builds a strong foundation for the future, she explained.

Next, parents and experts should collaborate with early childhood education (PAUD) teachers at school to strengthen learning activities. They are requested to provide comments or feedback for the PAUD learning session, she remarked.

“We would also like to have more reading access that necessitates cooperation between teachers, parents, and the public,” Makarim noted.

This could be achieved by adding more reading locations, having more reading gardens, rebuilding libraries at school, and allowing parents to borrow reading material, she elaborated.

In addition, the government is encouraging the existence of reading corners around the children’s home environment since the reading habit should be incentivized from an early age, she noted.

Official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs Eni Yakut Cholil Qoumas noted that the ministry is also improving the competency of Raudhatul Athfal, Islamic kindergarten, teachers across Indonesia.

“Competency improvement is done sustainably. We are also collaborating with the World Bank to bolster Raudhatul Athfal teachers’ skills,” Qoumas affirmed.

During the briefing, Makarim also encouraged parents to not harbor concerns about sending their children to school during the limited live face-to-face learning period.

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ViceTrade Minister encourages development of local games

Vice Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga has said his ministry continues to encourage and facilitate the development of local games on account of their huge potential and since they are technically easier to export.

“This is driven by two things. Firstly, games are digital products and secondly, there are plenty of digital facilities that could develop local games trade into the international world,” he noted.

In a written statement received here on Wednesday, he added that these facilities operate within sectors such as payment and marketing.

According to Sambuaga, since they are quite simple and cheap, the trade of local games is also cheaper and more efficient in terms of distribution.

All of the involved cost comes purely from distribution, which is different from other goods’ distribution that often incurs unexpected costs, he explained.

When it comes to potential, the vice minister lauded Indonesian youngsters’ creativity and determination in developing this relatively new sector.

He drew attention to the game Lokapala, which has a unique appeal as it showcases Indonesia’s culture through the background of the game’s story and characters.

In the future, Sambuaga said that he hopes games such as Lokapala create their own niche amongst various foreign games such as Mobile Legend and PUBG.

Currently, there has been a serious collaborative effort between ministries to support the development of local games, he added. For instance, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and National Education Ministry are working in the game production, he said.

The vice minister revealed that his own ministry is focusing on facilitating the trade of local games.

He also admitted that he had coordinated with the Youth and Sports Ministry as well as the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) so that more people would play local games.

“Indonesian youth is brimming with talent, which could make them create quality games. When this happens, the end result would be very beneficial for Indonesia’s economy,” Sambuaga affirmed.

“There will be tax revenue, job creation, banking and non-banking industry movement, and there will be many derivative industries that will be affected. Its multiplier effect is clear,” he elaborated.

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Pertamina increases efforts to contribute to energy mix

State-owned energy company PT Pertamina (Persero) has said it has been stepping up efforts to contribute to the energy mix by driving new and renewable energy (NRE) growth in Indonesia.

This commitment can be seen from the company’s total capex (capital expenditure) of US$92 billion for the 2020-2024 period, of which 9 percent will be allocated for NRE, it said.

“In terms of the energy mix, our NRE from 2019 that consisted of 13 percent will increase to 17 percent in 2030,” director of strategy, portfolio, and new ventures for PT Pertamina, Iman Rachman, said during a talk show at the Indonesia Pavilion on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday.

To expand its NRE portfolio, Pertamina has been developing eight strategies that include optimizing the potential and increasing the capacity of geothermal energy, utilizing green hydrogen, which will use electricity from the company’s geothermal field with a total potential of 8,600 kilograms of hydrogen per day, he added.

Pertamina is also participating in Indonesia’s battery company joint venture by collaborating with three other state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as developing the EV battery ecosystem, including swapping and charging businesses, he said.

The state-owned energy company is also in the process of constructing a green refinery and developing bioenergy consisting of biomass/biogas, bio blending gasoil and gasoline, and producing bio-crude oil from algae and ethanol, he informed.

All of these constructions would be ready for operation starting from 2025 or 2026, Rachman said.

“As an oil and gas company, we are trying to reduce our existing carbon footprint by implementing carbon capture, carbon utilization, and storage in enhancing production in several existing oil and gas fields,” he remarked.

Pertamina is also running other NRE initiatives such as enhancing its generator capacity for solar PV, wind power, and hydropower, he said.

After explaining the efforts the company has made to improve its role in NRE growth, Rachman underlined that the most effective way to implement the energy mix is by “having a global collaboration with binding target and firm transition planning”.

“We do hope the COP26 will strengthen the commitment to increase joint collaboration and also give a clearer view on the energy transition plan,” he remarked. (

Source: Antara News

Pertamina ensure sustainability performance on right track

Indonesian energy company PT Pertamina (Persero) has said that its approach to and performance in managing sustainability is already on the right track.

“In general, Pertamina’s sustainability performance is very good and it’s on the right track,” said Leodan Haadin, vice president of health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) Policy, standard & risk management system, PT Pertamina (Persero), during a talk show at the Indonesia Pavilion on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday.

Pertamina’s sustainability performance has been measured using the ESG performance rating, said Haadin. ESG uses three essential factors — environmental, social, and governance — to assess the sustainability and performance of a company, he explained.

“The implementation of the ESG rating measurement aims to determine Pertamina’s sustainability risk because there is expectation from the stakeholders,” Haadin said.

“In 2021, Pertamina voluntarily found out about the environmental social and governance (ESG) rating. The implementation was carried out by one rating agency… The result is that Pertamina has been included in the ‘medium risk category’ with a score of 28.1,” he informed.

Such an ESG rating score has put Pertamina 15th out of 2,251 companies worldwide, he said.

“Officially, among world oil and gas companies, Pertamina (ESG) is ranked 7th,” Haadin said.

Pertamina is ranked 49th out of 100 companies (based on ESG rating) on the aspect of climate and energy for oil and gas companies measured by the World Benchmarking Alliance, he added.

Furthermore, Haadin also pointed out that ESG alignment can bring some benefits to businesses. For instance, he said, good ESG quality can help companies to expand financing options and develop a competitive advantage, which can drive out business performance.

Pertamina’s sustainability strategy has been translated into 10 ESG Focuses, each of which is aligned with sustainable development goals (SDGs) and has a primary target, he added.

Those 10 ESG Focuses are addressing climate change; reducing the environmental footprint; protecting biodiversity, health, and safety; prevention of major accidents; employee recruiting, development, and retention; innovation and research; community engagement and impact; cybersecurity; and corporate ethics, he said.

Source: Antara News

Pit building at Mandalika Circuit built using Indonesian products

The pit building for the 2021 Mandalika World Superbike (WSBK) has been constructed by state-owned corporation WIKA Gedung using domestic products and modular construction methods, the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) has said.

“Hence, the building could be completed quickly. Many other international circuits have also got modular and non-permanent pit buildings, for instance in Monaco and Singapore,” MGPA’s director of strategy and communication, Happy Harinto, said during a Chat with ANTARA event here on Wednesday.

Furthermore, he lauded the ability of WIKA Gedung, which has been able to produce the modular building.

“Alhamdulillah (all praise be to God), Indonesia through WIKA Gedung has been able to meet all of the components, thus we have entrusted the construction to the company,” he said.

The 350-meter-long pit building comprises three floors and has a capacity of 50 garages, he informed. The building was finished in one and a half months, he added.

“I think it is a good construction solution,” the director remarked.

The garages used by the racers and team technicians are on the ground floor, whilst the second floor will serve as the VVIP audience stands and the media center, he said.

Meanwhile, the third floor of the pit building is intended for other supporting facilities, he added.

Currently, MGPA is speeding up the construction of the race control at the circuit, he said,

They informed that the homologation process for the venue could be carried out one week before the race day, he added.

Meanwhile, the construction of the track has been completed and the developer is currently accelerating the establishment of supporting facilities, for instance, the paddock building and painting the circuit, he said.

Earlier, in April, the circuit was inspected by Dorna Sports managing director Carlos Ezpeleta and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Grand Prix Safety Officer Franco Uncini.

Source: Antara News

Govt asks people to remain alert for third COVID-19 wave

The central government has urged people to remain alert for a third COVID-19 wave even though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has categorized COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia as low.

“People, both who are in Indonesia and those who will enter the country, should always be disciplined in complying with the health protocols and all government regulations. There is no tolerance for those who break the rules,” Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.

The current low COVID-19 transmission status in Indonesia must be used as a new motivation for the community so that it can recover and develop after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, he added.

According to epidemiologist Kamaluddin Latief, the low rate of virus transmission in Indonesia would encourage people to return to their activities and support the turning of the wheels of the economy.

The COVID-19 transmission rate also depends on the rate of vaccination and virus mutation, he noted.

“It should be underlined that the number of cases, the positivity rate, the rate of people with severe symptoms, and the rate of fatalities are so dynamic,” he emphasized.

For that reason, the campaign regarding COVID-19 vaccination must continue to be promoted, especially in peripheral areas, he said.

Latief also added that if later COVID-19 becomes endemic, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be controlled but it will still have the potential to turn into an epidemic.

Therefore, in addition to focusing on vaccination, the government must also encourage people to live a clean and healthy lifestyle, the epidemiologist said.

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Indonesia in March 2020. According to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as of November 3, 2021, at least 4,246,174 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country, while 4,091,101 people have recovered, and 143,481 people have succumbed to the deadly virus.

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Jakarta pegs vaccination target for children aged 6-11 at 900,000

The Jakarta Health Office has estimated it will need to vaccinate around 900 thousand children aged 6-11 following the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) approval for vaccinations for the age group.

“We, together with the Education Office and the Population and Civil Registry Office, will juxtapose the target data to ascertain the number of children who need to be vaccinated,” head of disease prevention and control (Jakarta), Dwi Oktavia, said here on Wednesday.

In addition to comparing the data, she said her team is also awaiting technical instructions from the Ministry of Health.

The technical instructions concern the implementation of health checks before vaccinations such as whether the same mechanisms need to be carried out as followed for adults, pregnant women, and elderly citizens, she explained.

“We are waiting for the regulation of the Health Ministry on when the (vaccinations) can be given, as well as the location, whether they will be school-based,” Oktavia informed.

Furthermore, the Jakarta provincial government is also looking forward to adding vaccine stocks that will be given to children aged 6-11 years, she said.

Considering that children from the age range have started to attend school, she said she expected vaccinations to be provided in the school environment, as was the case for children aged 12-17 years.

Earlier, the BPOM authorized the use of the Sinovac vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years, based on the assessments regarding safety and immunity against COVID-19.

“The results of this pediatric clinical trial are more on aspects of safety and immunogenicity. The security aspect shows this (Sinovac) is safe for children aged 6 to 11 years,” BPOM head Penny Lukito said here on Monday.

She said that the authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine for children is an important thing to do considering that schools are starting to implement face-to-face learning on a limited basis.

According to the BPOM report, the side-effects of the vaccination in the 6-11 age group were similar to those reported in the 11-17 age group, which was about 11 percent to 17 percent of the total clinical trial subjects.

The authorization for the use of the Sinovac vaccine for children aged 11 to 17 years was given earlier.

The BPOM report showed that immunogenicity, or the vaccine’s ability to trigger the body’s immune response, was greater in children than in adults: the effectiveness was 96.15 percent in children compared to 89.04 percent in adults.

Lukito explained that the Sinovac vaccine is the first vaccine approved by BPOM for children aged 6-11 years.

She said she hopes there will be other COVID-19 vaccines that can be registered immediately and approved for children aged 6-11 years.

Source: Antara News