SAIM Middle School Surabaya students when participating in student exchange activities in Korea. (Photo: Istimewa)

One of the junior high schools in Indonesia won an award from The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), Japan in cooperation with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. The junior high school is the Alam Insan Mulia School (SAIM) which won the Special Prize Winner, for the Best Program Carried Out in Schools of Less than 250 Students “in the title of schools. The award was given because of the school’s dedication in implementing the Establishing Peace Culture Is The Work of Education program.

Setianingsih, coordinator of the Building school and building peace in schools and communities program at SMP SAIM, said that there are five programs being implemented for peace education. “The five programs include an inclusive education program, student exchange, peer counseling, home stay, and 5S habits,” Dwi Setianingsih said, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Dwi revealed, the five programs have their respective portions to provide peace education to students. Dwi pointed out, inclusive education. In each class there are 2 inclusive children, the SAIM makes the inclusive and normal children one in order to interact directly.

Furthermore the student exchange program, which provides the opportunity for students to learn foreign culture and introduce Indonesian culture while in other countries.

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“The purpose of this program is to create peace between countries and mutual respect for each other,” Dwi said.

In addition, there is also a peer counseling program. In the program students who have been trained as counselors can understand and care for each other with their friends to prevent bullying.

The fourth program is homestay. Students are invited to live in a village with foster parents for four days. “There they will help the work normally done by foster parents and learn the culture there. Then they can also teach about the culture in Surabaya. So exchange knowledge,” Dwi said.

This prestigious award was attended by 78 schools from 9 countries in Southeast Asia such as Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.

And the winners in this activity will be invited to attend The Award Presentation on 27 November 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


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