“Not only to teach children how to read and write, but also instill them with national ideology”
The Education Ministry and the Indonesian army signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday an early childhood education program to remote areas.
Education Minister Muhammad Nuh said the collaboration was crucial in erasing illiteracy among children in the country’s remote areas.
“The purpose of sending the army is not only to teach children how to read and write, but also instill them with national ideology,” he said, adding that this was important in the fight against rising radicalism in the country.
The program will be conducted from June 1 to 21 in 61 districts and towns, 71 subdistricts and 112 villages across the country. The program will be carried out by 61 different task groups, each consisting of 150 army personnel.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Toisutta said the army would focus their activities in the border areas of Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua provinces.
“Not only are border areas dangerous, but they do not have enough human resources to educate their children,” he said.
Source: Jakarta Globe