*Indonesia, Philippines Move Forward With Cooperation in Islamic Education *
Indonesia and the Philippines on Wednesday (14/02) held a workshop in
Jakarta, as both countries seek to advance cooperation in furthering
Islamic education as part of an effort to prevent the spread of radicalism.
*By : Sheany <http://jakartaglobe.id/author/sheany/>* | on 10:49 PM
February 14, 2018
*Jakarta.* Indonesia and the Philippines on Wednesday (14/02) held a
workshop in Jakarta, as both countries seek to advance cooperation in
furthering Islamic education as part of an effort to prevent the spread of
"Education is the key to being free from ignorance and backwardness, to
turn the youth into agents of peace and tolerance," Foreign Minister Retno
Marsudi said during her opening speech.
She added that education is also crucial in preventing poverty, conflict
In January, Retno launched the Indonesia-Philippines cooperation in Islamic
education during her visit to Davao City, as part of the government’s
commitment to help the Philippines fight against extremism in the aftermath
of the siege in Marawi city last year.
The conflict, which took place between May and October, left more than
1,100 people dead and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. It also
raised concerns in Indonesia and Malaysia, both fearing that militants
could flee the fighting to nearby Sulawesi and Maluku in Indonesia and
Sabah in Malaysia.
By June, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines held a trilateral meeting
as a subregional response to the conflict, where the three countries agreed
to cooperate on the joint development and implementation of
counterterrorism measures and strategies.
The three countries also have conducted joint sea patrols
waters off North Kalimantan and in the Sulu Sea
in March and June.
Retno said that this cooperation is a follow-up to what they had agreed on
during the trilateral meeting, with possibilities to expand the cooperation
to include Malaysia, and also other countries, to promote peace and
Furthermore, she said this cooperation must aim to promote the true face of
Islam as well as modern and high-quality Islamic education, while also
involving relevant stakeholders from civil society, including religious
leaders and religious organizations.
"Islamic education institutions must equip students not only with Islamic
values but also knowledge and skills to enable them to compete in the
professional world," Retno said.
Therefore, the curriculum must be constantly updated to adjust to
contemporary developments, while keeping true to the core identity of
Islamic values, she added.
The government hopes the future of this cooperation will include exchanges
between Indonesian and Philippine students and teachers, joint curriculum
development and also professional development.
"It is also my hope that this workshop could come up with recommendations
as a basis for the establishment of a memorandum of understanding on
Islamic education," Retno said.
The workshop also aims to create a roadmap for Indonesia-Philippines
cooperation in this field.
This week’s workshop will be attended by 28 participants from Indonesia and
the Philippines, representing various institutions and ministries,
including Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama and the Ministry of Religious
Affairs, and the Philippine Ministry of Education and Institute of Islamic