Character education for kids key to attain quality workforce

INDONESIA: Indonesia is planning to invest in character education for children in the belief that this will ensure that the country will have quality human resources in the future.

Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Bintang Puspayoga said "This is because encouraging talented children to fulfill their dreams is a form of investment to produce future leaders of the nation. It is an investment that directly impacts the prosperity, success, and advancement of a nation."

The minister referred to a 2020 citizens census that revealed one-third of Indonesia’s population or 84.4 million are children up to 18 years of age. She further added, as much as 38% of children in the country are up to six years, while 36% are ages 6-14 years.

Puspayoga confirmed the ministry's readiness to collaborate with the education sector and other relevant organizations to ensure the children's needs are met and their rights are protected. She cited the initiation of the Child-friendly Education Unit, one of the indicators for the formation of a child-friendly district or city.

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