At the first meeting of the G20 EdWG, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture

Yogyakarta, March 18, 2022

– Closing the agenda of the first meeting of the G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) 2022 led by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Chairman of the G20 EdWG Dr. Iwan Syahril said Indonesia has reinforced the call for G20 countries, special guests, international organizations, as well as relevant working groups and engagement groups to work together to create quality education.

G20 member countries have agreed to commit to the four priority agendas of the G20 EdWG, which should be a solution for the common good to recover from the pandemic. The four priority programs are universal quality education, digital technology in education, solidarity and partnership and the future of work after COVID-19.

As Indonesia conveyed the challenges of the pandemic and shared the good practices of Breakthrough Empowered Learning (Merdeka Belajar) for reviving education, delegates also shared their initiatives, strategies, as well as challenges encountered to accelerate the quality of education.

“Indonesia has shared best practices of emancipated learning programs which are in line with what some delegates have delivered regarding the resumption of education in their respective countries,” Dr Syahril said during the 1st G20 education working group meeting, Friday (3/18) .

“Delegates also shared initiatives, strategies and best practices related to the four priority programs. This aims to create a mutual learning process and reinforce the principles of gotong royong globally,” he added.

Concluding the press conference, Dr Syahril said, “With the consensus on the idea and spirit of gotong royong, it is recommended that global collaboration be spelled out in the ministerial declaration as an outcome of the group meeting. G20 education working group. We will follow up on this recommendation by building on the existing consensus throughout future EdWG meetings.

The second, third and fourth meetings of the G20 EdWG will be held prior to the Education Ministerial meeting in July 2022 which will take place in Bali, Indonesia.

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