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Green education: Indonesia and the Netherlands team up

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Alumni in Food and Nutrition Security

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11.20.2020

For many Indonesians, vocational secondary school (SMK in Bahasa Indonesia) is a popular educational choice in pursuing a professional career. Students learn skills through a hands-on approach and gain the competencies to start a professional career. With the domestic agriculture sector leaning towards intensification, the demand for more skilled workers is becoming increasingly urgent. This is in short the challenge for the agricultural courses at vocational schools. Indonesian-Dutch cooperation plays an important role in adapting vocational education.

Indonesia is a fast-growing economy, with substantial potential for growth in the agricultural sector. At the same time, it is an important trade partner of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a global leader in agricultural research and education. Acknowledging that technical and vocational education and training is an intrinsic part of economic development in Indonesia, the Government of Indonesia started a process to strengthen vocational secondary schools (SMKs) in their task to educate and train young students.

Especially connecting to the private sector via well-organized internships has proven to be useful in motivating students and preparing them for future work. Since vocational education is strongly driven by the job market, the role of the private sector to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable flexible and adaptive vocational education system, for example through the chamber of commerce could be jointly explored. 

WINNER conference next week
More discussion on cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands will take place next week during the WINNER conference. From 24 to 26 November 2020, researchers, policy makers and societal stakeholders from Indonesia and the Netherlands share results, ideas and make plans for the future. Together they will develop the knowledge needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and turn it into practice. Interested people can still register here for the conference. The programme of the conference contains many  topic relating to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Green Education to Strengthen Human Capital

More information on WINNER: WINNER website

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