Govt provides scholarship funds for 1,436 native Papuan students

The Papua Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) has distributed scholarship funds to 1,436 native Papuan students currently studying at 12 universities in the city and district of Jayapura.

As disclosed on the Papua Provincial Government’s official website that ANTARA quoted here Sunday, the scholarship recipients are from poor families but they have good academic achievements.

The scholarship scheme is provided for native Papuan students facing financial problems to complete their higher education, Papua Governor’s expert staff member for Special Autonomy, Triwarno Purnomo, said.

In dealing with their financial problems during their post-secondary education, several of the eligible scholarship recipients seek casual works to make money, he said.

Among the recipients are currently studying at such higher educational institutions as Cenderawasih University, Muhamadiyah University, Ottow Geisler University, and Port Numbay College of Economics (STIE).

Nine of the 1,436 scholarship recipients are currently taking up PhD Program, he added.

Meanwhile, Head of the Papua BPSDM Office Aryoko Rumaropen said the Papua administration has been offering the scholarship scheme for native Papuan students since 2012.

The total number of scholarship recipients is currently recorded at 1,884, he said.

They comprise 1,156 recipients who study at various universities in 19 Indonesian cities while 688 others are studying at 160 universities in 15 countries, Rumaropen said.

“This scholarship policy has become Governor Lukas Enembe’s strong commitment to building Papua’s excellent human capital,” he said.

The presence of the highly-skilled and well-educated native Papuans would hopefully contribute to the creation of Papua’s better society in the future,” he said.

ANTARA reported earlier that despite receiving a significant amount of central government funds, Papua and West Papua are still struggling to improve the quality of their human capital.

The scoring of these two easternmost provinces remained below the national average of 71.94 on Indonesia’s 2020 Human Development Index.

According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Papua and West Papua scored 60.44 and 65.09, respectively, on the 2020 Human Development Index. Their scores remained lower than Aceh province, which got 71.94 points.

BPS data released in February this year has pegged poverty rates in Papua and West Papua at 26.8 percent and 21.7 percent, respectively.

Development outcomes also remain inequitable for native Papuan communities, as indicated by low income levels and lack of access to education and health services.

Amid this challenging reality, the government has hinted its intention of extending the allocation of special autonomy funds to Papua and West Papua by another two decades to accelerate efforts to close the development gap and bring prosperity to all communities in the region.

Source: Antara News

Education instrumental in overcoming stigma against childhood diabetes

The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) highlighted the need for education and public awareness to overcome the stigma against children with diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes.

Chairman of IDAI Prof Dr Aman Bhakti Pulungan drew attention to the prevalent stigma against children with diabetes, especially in schools or among children, as they need special care. Several people harbor concerns that children with diabetes can pass on their disease to others.

“The biggest challenge is how the environment can accept them (children with diabetes) as normal people since they have the right to do anything and be anything. This is the main aspect,” Pulungan stated at an online media conference and recorded here on Tuesday. The doctor noted that the stigma ultimately affects the psychology of pediatric patients in the way they perceive and accept themselves.

“Treating them medically may not be difficult. However, to make them feel like normal people in general, it was much more difficult. Children with diabetes tend to be treated differently from other people when they are at school,” the doctor expounded.

“We must understand that they can still realize their dreams in future. However, (the stigma) against them is still the most challenging issue. Hence, we need to increase education and awareness among members of the public that children with diabetes have the right to lead a normal life,” he affirmed.

Diabetes can affect people of all age groups, including children and adolescents. Type 1 diabetes is a type of diabetes that is more common in children and adolescents. However, this type of diabetes can also sometimes affect infants, toddlers, and adults. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder in which a child’s immune system damages or destroys its own pancreas, resulting in impaired pancreatic function.

The disorder causes children with this type of diabetes to produce little or no insulin. This condition can cause blood sugar levels to increase and gradually damage organs and body tissues.

Based on IDAI’s data, cases of diabetes among those up to 18 years of age in Indonesia had increased to over one thousand in the last decade.

Source: Antara News

Vaccination coverage among RA, madrasah teachers at 52%: ministry

Vaccination coverage among teachers of Raudhatul Athfal, or RA (Islamic kindergartens under the Religious Affairs Ministry), and madrasahs (Islamic schools) has reached 52 percent of the target of 767,722 teachers, an official said.

“Vaccination for RA and madrasah teachers is ongoing. As many as 395,592 teachers have been vaccinated, or 52 percent (of teachers). Meanwhile, another 372,130 teachers, or 48 percent, are awaiting their turn (to get vaccinated),” director general of Islamic education at the ministry, M Ali Ramdhani, informed in a press release received here on Monday.

A total of 767,722 teachers comprising 100,967 RA teachers, 272,367 teachers of Madrasah Ibtidaiyah or MI (Islamic primary schools), 260,669 teachers of Madrasah Tsanawiyah, or MTs (Islamic junior high schools), and 133,719 teachers of Madrasah Aliyah or MA (Islamic senior high schools) are targeted under the vaccination program, he said.

Ramdhani urged teachers to participate in the vaccination program. The government has resumed restricted direct learning (PTM) at several educational institutions in areas where public activity restrictions (PPKM) are being enforced, he added. Vaccinations are mandatory for teachers in the restricted face-to-face learning setting, and all parties involved must adhere to the health protocols and remain disciplined in following the 5Ms, he stressed.

“This is a part of our efforts for stemming COVID-19 spread as well as keeping the madrasah community healthy,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, the ministry’s educational staff and teacher director general, M Zain, revealed that as many as 47,879 RA teachers have been vaccinated so far, with 16,857 teachers receiving the first dose and 31,022 teachers receiving the complete dose, while 53,088 teachers have not been vaccinated yet.

At MI level, as many as 148,023 teachers have been vaccinated, with 50,474 teachers receiving the first dose and 97,549 receiving the complete dose, while 124,344 teachers have not been vaccinated yet, he said. At MTs level, a total of 132,774 teachers have been vaccinated, with 45,449 teachers receiving the first dose and 87,325 teachers receiving the complete dose, he informed.

“The number of MT teachers who have not been vaccinated has reached 127,895 teachers,” he said.

Meanwhile, at MA level, as many as 66,916 teachers have been vaccinated, with 23,671 teachers receiving the first dose and 43,245 others receiving the complete dose.

“There are 66,803 MA teachers who have not been vaccinated yet. They are waiting for their turn until their time for getting vaccinated comes,” Zain added.

Source: Antara News

Ministry selects partners for school procurement information system

The Ministry of Education and Culture has selected local platform as a partner for school procurement information system (SIPLah) through a rigorous process.

“After passing the selection, we were declared to have passed along with 24 other companies, which we were later selected as SIPLah Partners,” Abdul Karim Zaidan, senior corporate communication officer of PT Bengawan Cable Vision (BCV), the company that oversees, said in a statement here, Sunday.

The selection of the SIPLah partners began in early 2021, Abdul Karim Zaidan said, adding that there were 36 companies that registered.

Furthermore, Zaidan said that his party is a marketplace created 100 percent by Indonesian investors and workers. BCV is a company that focuses on the network which is committed to the development of information technology.

Zaidan noted the local platform in the next three months will focus on embracing around 3,000 MSMEs for boarding on the site

SIPLah is the official platform of the Ministry of Education and Culture as a forum for public schools to digitally carry out the procurement or shopping process for all their needs using the School Operational Assistance (BOS) funds. Through this site, all transactions will be recorded in an open and accountable manner so as to avoid misuse of BOS funds.

This digital transaction method makes SIPLah one of the solutions for using BOS funds effectively, efficiently and accountably, in accordance to the spirit proclaimed by Minister Nadiem Makarim who is one of the pioneers of economic digitization in Indonesia. Therefore, Zaidan said, completes the marketplace that has been on the SIPLah site.

“We are trying to focus on collaborating with MSMEs and communities in the Greater Jakarta area, Banten, West Java, Central Java and East Java,” Zaidan noted.

Furthermore, he was proud that which is purely a local player, could be part of the development of national education.

“We, consisting of young talents full of potential, believe that we can contribute significantly and better in the process of procuring all the goods and services needed for schools throughout Indonesia, so we hope that education in the country can be even better,” he said.

Source: Antara News

Governor confirms unvaccinated students can attend offline school

Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan has assured that students who have not been vaccinated can still attend face-to-face learning (PTM) that will start next Monday.

Students should not be burdened with vaccine obligations because they only have an interest in studying at school, he added.

“Children have no obligation to be vaccinated. Why? Because the matter of being vaccinated or not is never the child’s business as it is the decision of their parents,” the governor stressed while attending the first stone-laying of the At Tabayyun Mosque, Meruya sub-district, here on Friday.

If the provincial government does not allow unvaccinated school students for PTM, the students would be twice-distressed as they will not be able to attend school or get vaccinated, he emphasized. “If they are not able to go to school because their parents forbade them to get the vaccine, the students would be overburdened: once from the disallowance to vaccinate and secondly from being barred from school,” he said.

Although he said he has allowed unvaccinated students to join face-to-face learning, he hopes that their parents would still encourage them to get vaccinated.

The majority of students in all areas of Jakarta have been vaccinated, he noted. One of the majority areas is West Jakarta, he said.

Meanwhile, Education and Educational Workers Head Section of West Jakarta II, Masduki, said that the vaccination target is considered possible because currently, 91 percent of students in the area have been inoculated. “Our target is 95 percent of the 77,158 students. Currently, it is already 91 percent, so there are only a few more students (to be inoculated),” he said earlier.

Currently, the number of vaccinated students has only increased from five to seven people, he said adding, this is because the majority of students have been vaccinated since early July and August this year.

If all students are vaccinated, their immunity will improve, so it will be feasible for them to physically attend school, he added.

Source: Antara News

Deputy Governor sees face-to-face class in all schools by January 2022

Deputy Governor of Jakarta, Ahmad Riza Patria, has said he expects all schools in the capital to restart face-to-face learning (PTM) activities from January 2022.

“PTM will gradually begin and schools will reopen, I expect that all schools in Jakarta will perform face-to-face learning by January (next year),” Patria said at the Indonesian National Youth Committee vaccination center at the 6 Vocational School in Kebayoran Baru district, here on Friday.

Of course, it can be realized if all schools implement strict health protocols with discipline and responsibility, he added.

Furthermore, the deputy governor assured that face-to-face learning in the capital city will start in 610 schools next Monday.

“Insya Allah (God willing), PTM will begin next Monday, starting from 610 schools that have undergone trials,” he informed. Earlier, Jakarta’s Public Relations of Education Office head, Taga Radja Gah, said PTM will be executed using a blended online and offline system.

Gah said face-to-face learning will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, the schools will conduct disinfection to clean up the school environment, he added.

“The maximum capacity per class is 50 percent and the maximum studying duration is until 12 noon,” he added.

Gah suggested that students who go to school get vaccinated against COVID-19 and obtain approval from their parents.

“So, if the students have been vaccinated, but their parents are doubtful (about the situation), it is okay to put safety first. On the contrary, parents cannot force unvaccinated students to attend PTM,” he said.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has allowed schools to start face-to-face learning under the observance of strict health protocols amid level 3 public activity restrictions (PPKM) in Jakarta.

“In the extension of the level 3 PPKM this time, limited face-to-face learning and online learning can be re-implemented,” he said earlier in the Governor Decree of Jakarta Province No. 1026 of 2021 concerning the Enactment of Level 3 PPKM, a copy of which was received here on Wednesday.

The provisions are based on the Joint Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Religious Affairs, Minister of Health, and Minister of Home Affairs, he informed.

The Jakarta governor’s decree came into effect on August 24, 2021.

Source: Antara News

85% Jakarta teachers vaccinated against COVID-19: Governor Baswedan

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has assured that 85 percent of teachers who will participate in face-to-face learning have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Thank God, until today, 85 percent of teachers in Jakarta have been vaccinated, the rest 15 percent are those who have comorbidities,” the governor informed during the groundbreaking ceremony for the At Tabayyun Meruya Mosque in West Jakarta, Friday.

Baswedan also confirmed that 610 schools in Jakarta will start face-to-face learning from Monday. The 610 schools have passed an inspection by the Jakarta Provincial Education Office and have taken part in the face-to-face learning test a few months ago, he informed.

However, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, face-to-face learning was canceled before, he added.

He said he hoped that the trial face-to-face learning from Monday would run smoothly and in accordance with the provisions of the health protocol.

Earlier, spokesperson for the Jakarta Education Office, Taga Radja Gah, had said that face-to-face learning will be held alternately with online learning. Face-to-face learning will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and schools will be disinfected on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he added. “The maximum capacity per class is 50 percent, then the maximum learning duration is until 12 noon,” he informed over phone.

The Education Office requires students participating in face-to-face learning to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and obtain the consent of their parents before attending school, he added. Referring to the vaccination rate, the spokesperson said that currently, 659,684 students, or 92.5 percent of the total 716,739 Jakarta students aged 12-17 years have been vaccinated, while 50,836 or 7.15 percent of the students have not been inoculated.

Meanwhile, vaccination for teachers and school staff is considered complete because the majority who have not been vaccinated are those who have comorbidities, he informed.

Source: Antara News

Sharia finance key for creating economic stability: Finance Minister

Sharia finance is a key element for creating economic stability, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.

In the past decade sharia finance has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the global financial industry and has even grown ahead of the conventional financing market, she noted at the Annual Islamic Finance Conference (AIFC) held in Jakarta on Wednesday

Quoting the 2020 global sharia economic report, she said sharia financial assets rose by 13.9 percent to US$2.88 trillion in 2020 from US$2.52 trillion in 2019.

In contrast to the earlier expectation of sharia financial assets remaining stagnant due to the pandemic, many now believe the sharia economy will rebound to reach US$3.69 trillion by 2024, she said. Sharia finance has also consistently recorded positive growth not only in Indonesia, but also the rest of the world, the minister noted.

In March 2021, Indonesian sharia banks’ financial assets grew 15.6 percent, Indrawati pointed out. In total, the financial assets of domestic sharia banks reached Rp598.2 trillion as of May 2021, she said.

“This proves that the performance of sharia banks is far better than that of conventional banks,” she remarked.

In addition, the number of investors in the sharia capital market also rose 9.3 percent in the first three months of 2021, while outstanding Indonesian sharia bonds (sukuk) reached Rp1,076 trillion as of June 2021, she said.

“This means that it grows 10.75 percent every year and is expected to continue to grow in future,” she said.

Indonesia is currently listed as the world’s largest sharia bond issuer, accounting for 23.11 percent of the outstanding global sharia bonds valued at US$23.65 billion, Indrawati disclosed. “It is necessary to note that the number of sharia bond-funded projects between 2013 and 2021 reached 3,447,” she said.

Growing sharia finance, coupled with technology, has added to economic stability, she observed. As of June 2021, the total assets of sharia fintech in Indonesia reached Rp134 billion, she noted.

The figure represents just 3 percent of fintech’s total assets in the country, the minister said. However, she said she believed the figure has the potential to grow larger and at a faster pace than expected since sharia fintech has increased more than fiftyfold in just the past 2.5 years.

According to the 2021 global sharia financial report, Indonesia is one of the largest countries in terms of the market size of sharia fintech transactions, valued at US$2.9 billion in 2020, after Saudi Arabia (US$17.9 billion), Iran (US$9.2 billion), the United Arab Emirates (US$3.7 billion) and Malaysia (US$3 billion).

Source: Antara News