NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA- Ahead of the commemoration of the National Teacher’s Day on November 25, Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Nadiem Makarim wrote a speech that was quite unique.
The speech which will be read by Nadiem at the 2019 National Teacher’s Day commemoration ceremony was released through the official website of the Ministry of Education kemdikbud.go.id.
In his opening speech, Nadiem said that the speech he wrote was based on his sincere heart. Nadiem also apologized because the contents of his speech were slightly different from the speeches of the previous ministers.
“Usually the tradition of Teacher’s Day is filled with inspirational and rhetorical words. Sorry, but today my speech will be a little different. I want to speak as it is, with a sincere heart, to all teachers in Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke,” wrote Nadiem
Furthermore, Nadiem explained the teacher’s task which was so noble but at the same time very difficult. He criticized the performance of teachers who are often limited by rules so that they are unable to become maximal educators.
“You want to help students who are left behind in class, but your time is spent doing administrative tasks without clear benefits. The teacher knows very well that the child’s potential cannot be measured by the results of the exam, but is forced to pursue the numbers due to pressure from various stakeholders,” he said.
The two-page speech was concluded with a Nadiem message for teachers in Indonesia. The former Gojek boss also invited teachers to make some small changes in teaching and learning activities in the classroom.
“I will not make empty promises to you. Change is difficult and full of inconvenience. One thing is for sure, I will fight for freedom of study in Indonesia,” said Nadiem.
The text of Nadiem’s short speech then spread on social media and became a popular topic discussed by citizens on Twitter. Many praised and supported Nadiem’s ideas.
“The Best Indonesian Minister of Education Speech Speech ever: brief, solid and full of meaning. A sincere intention to change the vision of Indonesia’s education mission to be progressive and bark Characteristic. Hopefully it can be realized and have the support of All Teachers,” wrote one citizen, Rudi Valinka in his account Twitter, Saturday, November 23, 2019.
There are also those who feel the speech is able to provide hope for education in Indonesia.
“Even though I’m not a teacher, reading the Minister of Education and Culture’s speech made me see a glimmer of light at the end of a very, very, very dark alley,” wrote Clara Ng.
The following is the entire Nadiem speech text quoted from the Kemdikbud.go.id page:
SPEECH OF THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE IN THE FLAG OF THE NATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY WARNING IN 2019
Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and blessings, Shalom, Om Swastiastu, Namo Buddhaya, Rahayu, Good morning and greetings of virtue for all of us, Ladies and Gentlemen who I respect,
Usually the Teacher’s Day tradition is filled with inspirational and rhetorical words. Sorry, but today my speech will be a little different. I want to speak as it is, with a sincere heart, to all teachers in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke.
Dear Indonesian teacher, your job is the noblest and the most difficult.
You are assigned to shape the future of the nation, but are given more rules than help.
You want to help students who are left behind in class, but you are running out of time to do administrative work without clear benefits.
You know very well that a child’s potential cannot be measured by the results of the exam, but is forced to pursue the numbers because of the urging of various stakeholders.
You want to take students out of class to learn from the world around them, but a curriculum that is so dense closes the door of adventure.
You are frustrated
because you know that in the real world the ability to work and collaborate
will determine a child’s success, not the ability to memorize.
You know that every child has different needs, but uniformity has overcome diversity as a basic principle of bureaucracy.
You want every student to be inspired, but you are not given the confidence to innovate.
I will not make empty promises to you. Change is difficult and full of inconvenience. One thing is certain, I will fight for freedom of study in Indonesia.
cannot be started from above. Everything starts and ends with the teacher.
Don’t wait for cue, don’t wait for orders. Take the first step.
Tomorrow, wherever you are, make small changes in your class.
- Invite classes to discuss, not just listen.
- Provide opportunities for students to teach in class
- Start a social service project that involves the whole class.
- Find a talent in students who lack confidence.
- Offer help to teachers who are experiencing difficulties.
Whatever the small changes, if every teacher does it simultaneously, Indonesia will surely move.
Happy teacher’s Day,
Wassalammualaikum warrahmatullahi wabarakatuhShalom,Om Santi Santi Santi Om,Namo Buddhaya,Rahayu.
Jakarta, 25 November 2019Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia
Nadiem Anwar Makarim