“Going Global, Being Indonesian”
Since independence in 1945, Indonesia has made significant progress in education. Which is based on Universal Declaration in Human Rights, everyone has the right to education, The Constitution stipulates that “every citizen has the right to obtain instruction (education) where the government is obliged to provide and implement a national education system governed by law” (Article 31). Before independence, education was limited to the elite. Less than 5% of Indonesians were literate. The biggest challenge for the new government was to develop its human resources. Indonesia’s new generation of young people are creative, connected, concerned and keen to succeed. But today, far too many can’t find decent jobs. More than 6 out of 10 young workers are trapped in low–skill, low– productivity occupations in the informal economy. But change is possible, where creating jobs for youth has become a top priority. Many young adults in Indonesia lacked access to the resources and opportunities for professional development in their communities. The students are limited by the resources that are available to them, which are so few, because they are not being educated about these opportunities for personal and professional development.
The phenomenon of unemployment in Indonesia become a difficult problem to be solved. The job vacancies that exist today are not enough for all the people, that is the main reason for the increase of unemployment in this country. For addition, some factories or industries that many employees laid off due to bankruptcy. The newest economic and bussiness issue is ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 which aims to make ASEAN economies become better and be able to compete with countries whose economies are more advanced than the current condition of the ASEAN. Indonesia as one of the member in ASEAN also should be aware of this new issue. Indonesian human resources about 70 percents are in reproductive age but Indonesia has not yet fully assessed the human resources for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. To face AEC 2015, these young adults are challenged to compete with bigger communities. This requires them to have a set of skills needed to improve their capacity. Personal and professional development they undergo will help to expose them to competition.
Because of that, I started creating @tweetkuliah to that provides both national and international opportunities to Indonesian university students by connecting them with universities, employers, NGOs, and government programs for personal and professional development. I extremely hope the broad-based partnerships for youth employment established in Indonesia have demonstrated that joint action in tackling the youth employment challenge can make a greater impact. These include collaboration among schools and training providers, government ministries, the social partners and youth organizations at both national and local levels. Similarly, cooperation among various international organizations can improve policy coherence and coordination on youth employment in a country.