On 2000, the leader of some countries agree that they have to commit the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to accelerate the development process in the world. Then, MGDs become main priority for my country, Indonesia, to reach eight purpose: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and global partnership for development.
MDGs is the purpose that we have to reach it on 2015. It is the challange for the government and society in developing their country. By doing this MDGs, Indonesian government and the society had done some ways to reach the goals. Also for youth, the participate on MDGs.
Youth, as a part of society can contribute their self to help government to reach the goals of MDGs. First, youth have to know their passion. This passion will lead them to reach the goals of MDGs, and they can look what is the suitable passion need to be filled on MDGs. Like I do now, I have passion on education. This passion brings me to take a strategy with my friends within our activity. Sahabat Ilmu Jambi, one of my social activity in improving reading and writing skill for children and teenagers in Jambi, give me a chance to achieve universal primary education. This is my concern to speak MDGs as Indonesian youth.
From the eight pillars of MDGs, I choose second pillar, to make sure the children get universal primary education. There are many many target of Indonesian government do to increase the universal primary education, as I show below:
- The children all over province in Indonesia should get study for ninth year in school
- Guarantee the quality of teacher and facility in each province
- Allocate 20% of national budget on education
Indonesian government do three points here to measure the success of universal primary education for children wherever they are:
- The number of children who study on elementary school
- The proportion of children who pass the elementary school
- The rate of reading and writing ability of the society around 15-24 years old for female and male students
These three points become challenge because of the education problems in Indonesia. In fact, Indonesian government have to fight the problems to reach those three points. The education problems in Indonesia still happened in some provinces.
In my province, exactly on Tantan village, Muaro Jambi district, Jambi Province, there are still many minimum of access, facility, and educator of rural area. I had visited Tantan village to see how the condition of this village as shown in newspaper, the school need to added many teachers. SMP Satu Atap in that village have minimum from teacher and facility. If the weather is rain, the teacher do not come to the school because of the road to reach the school is worst. It’s hard for them to go from their house to school, which is so far and have a risk on rainy day. On the other side, in that school, I saw that there is no library and a little of the class for the student from first until third grade.
When I studied in Nipah Panjang, Tanjab Timur, one of district in Jambi province, it’s hard for me to get some books and information to add my knowledge. It also happened until now. There are lack of awareness on reading and writing of the children there. Although there is library in the school, the teacher do not encourage the students yet to read a book. In this village has one paradigm, their family of this children think that their children do not need to continue the education on high level. Some of my friend choose to take a job rather than study outside the village, because of their family paradigm, it is better to take a job to add the money to your wallet rather than continue the education.
So what can youth do to face the challenges? From those problems, I see that youth have power to achieve universal primary education or other pillars to make MDGs successful in Indonesia before 2015. Youth always have creativity in order to reach the goals of MDGs. As I said before, youth can give solution from those problem by their own passion. If youth concern on this second pillar, they can do something which related to education. Youth also do not work alobe by themselves, but make a community with their friends to reach it together.
Take an example like Sahabat Ilmu Jambi do now. Some of our volunteers who are Jambi youth have to empower them on education. Youth can teach the students who have lack of access and facility in learning. They also build children dream for better their life in the future. Youth also can accompany the children and teenager in imptoving their reading and writing skill. Next, youth will give capacity building for their friends to make social change in their community. It is our purpose as citizen of this country to encourage students to get knowledge and make sure the children get universal education, right?
I have a dream someday, five or ten years later, the children on each province, in rural areas, urban areas, or even in the city, can get universal primary education. They are hoped to reach their dream in developing Indonesia for the future. Then, I believe that youth also have their own power and high capacity to reach the goals of MDGs together with government and society. All in all, all we have to do now is find our passion, and let’s do something for MDGs through our passion.