Indonesia launches national action plan to tackle adolescent problems

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Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has launched Indonesia’s National Action Plan for Improving the Welfare of School-Age Children and Adolescents (RAN PIJAR) to address the problems of children and adolescents.

“RAN PIJAR pays special attention to several issues related to the welfare of school-age children and adolescents,” he said in a written statement received by ANTARA here on Wednesday.

The national action plan, which is included in the Regulation of Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Number 1 of 2022, is a form of cross-ministerial joint commitment to develop superior, quality, and competitive human resources, Effendy added.

The RAN PIJAR aims to tackle problems faced by school-age children and adolescents, such as poor diet, anemia, malnutrition, obesity, violence at school and at home, bullying, mental and emotional disorders, depression, juvenile delinquency, and drug abuse.

In addition, the action plan aims to address problems related to access to education, especially among underprivileged and disabled children.

The minister said that there are five main strategies in the RAN PIJAR. The first is strengthening commitment and coordination as well as cross-sectoral cooperation and cooperation with commitment holders.

The second strategy is expanding access to quality nutritional health services. Next is creating a safe environment that supports the development of children and adolescents.

The fourth is improving quality and access to support the improvement of education, life skills, and participation of school-age children and adolescents. The last strategy is strengthening and developing innovation and research data information systems for human resource development.

He also emphasized that the problems of school-age children and adolescents are the responsibility of all parties who want Indonesia to advance. Therefore, all parties need to synergize efforts to ensure the welfare of children and adolescents using the RAN PIJAR guidelines.

Source: Antara News