As a continuation of the meeting with the Government of South Sumatera Province at the end of October, seven SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with the Local Government of Ogan Ilir (OI) and Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU) regencies on 9 – 10 December 2021 in Jakarta.
“The collaboration with SEAMEO has actually been around for a long time with SEAMOLEC in OKI. We hope that next year other SEAMEO Centres can join and help us increase the capacity of teachers in other regencies in South Sumatra,” said Ms Poniyem, Head of Centre for Educational Communication, Information, and Technology, Provincial Education Office, during her speech representing the South Sumatra Provincial Government.
The process of the agreement signing began with an exchange of ideas to identify the potential programmes that could be carried out by SCI in South Sumatera, particularly in the two related districts. The two district governments recognized the needs to increase the capacity of teachers from all levels of education, starting from early childhood to secondary school levels.
To strengthen the stunting convergence programme, a support was also needed in conducting sensitive nutrition interventions, including strengthening language learning, distance learning, strengthening local food and even for environmental sanitation programs.
“The collaboration between SCI and the South Sumatera Provincial Government is greatly supported by the priorities and support of regional leaders,” said Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, SCI coordinator.
This 3-day event was attended by directors from seven SEAMEO CENTREs in Indonesia and a total of 23 representatives of BAPPEDA, Education Office, Health Office and other related local institutions from South Sumatera Province, OI Regency and OKU Regency.