AES’ Second Biannual Education Seminar Assists Indonesian Educators with Curriculum Change

Nov 15, 2014, Surabaya: Led by the success of the first education seminar in 2012, AES this month held a second Education Seminar at Grand City Mall, Surabaya to address the important transition that Indonesian schools are currently facing. A major curriculum revamp in 2013 by the Indonesian government has been causing a stir believed to stem from its abrupt planning and execution.

AES Education Seminar in Surabaya

Many schools with previously solid visions to become internationally recognized have had to rethink their strategy as they now have the major task of figuring out how to implement the 2013 curriculum. As such, this education seminar aimed to address the importance for schools to generate graduates who can compete internationally despite the rapid changes of the local curriculum. The theme chosen for the conference was “Successfully Integrating International Standards within a Local Context”.

Education expert, Dr. Kresnayana Yahya MSc., the keynote speaker at the seminar, presented on the international challenges that Indonesian youngsters will soon face and that schools need to address.

“Schools in Indonesia have to be thankful. Despite the ridiculous popularity of testing-based approach in our education system, there is a curriculum that actually prepares students for their future. This is something that all schools should take advantage of,” Dr. Kresnayana noted.

Following Dr Kresnayana’s speech, AES General Manager, Gaye Pullyn spoke about the flexibility of the GAC and EPP programs that allow schools to work within the corridor of government regulations and their school’s context. Rezia Usman, AES’ Regional Academic Manager for Indonesia, gave an overview of GAC and EPP rollout formats run by AES’ Approved Teaching Centers in Indonesia.

Guest speaker Ms. Tien Tresnasih Utari, Principal of Sekolah Budi Mulia Dua, Yogyakarta, shared her experience of working with AES throughout the transition of the curricula. To the audience, Ms. Tien explained “GAC and EPP programs are more than just curricula for our school. The support given to us is very extensive, from investing the teachers with enlightening trainings to assisting our students until they gain admittance at universities both locally and abroad. The new approach introduced by the government’s 2013 curriculum has already been employed at our school with the use of the GAC. Our teachers and students were more than ready with the change”.

The seminar was attended by numerous representatives from educational institutions ranging from private universities to private International schools and the local Ministry of Education. The response of the seminar was positive leading to possible collaborations with schools and universities in Surabaya.  (RU)