SOEs help improve the educational quality of Islamic boarding schools

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Erick Thohir has urged SOEs to improve the quality of education in Islamic boarding schools in order to realize advances in civilization and Indonesia’s economy.

“We want Muslims to be able to uphold the foundation of our country,” Thohir noted in a statement received here on Saturday.

Thohir noted that Islamic boarding schools are important to the national economy, which is why he encouraged state-owned companies to support the development of Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia.

Earlier, the government launched a collaborative program for SOEs Social and Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) in East Java. The activity, held on June 10 at Qomaruddin Islamic boarding school in East Java’s Gresik district, included an applied business program or vocational training program by PesantrenPreneur to 26 East Java Islamic boarding schools and support to the Madura community, with 42 involved were SOEs.

Initiated by the Ministry of State Enterprises, the program started with the activity PesantrenPreneur Training of Trainers (ToT) 2022, in which 78 teachers participated.

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ToT is a training activity for teachers to improve their quality in hard skills as providing knowledge and experience imparted to students in Islamic boarding schools. Materials include technology and engineering, technology and information, health, agribusiness, fisheries, agrotechnology, economics and management, and makeup and culinary arts.

“I want to build the independence of Islamic boarding schools and improve students’ skills, entrepreneurship, awareness of business opportunities, use of networks for collaboration and application of digital-based technologies,” Thohir said.

In addition, the minister expressed optimism that the program would boost the growth of the domestic halal industry, considering Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.

In addition to the training, three SOEs – Semen Indonesia, PLN and Pelindo – representing 31 SOEs signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Faculty of Economics at Airlangga University, Surabaya, East Java.

The agreement includes one-year support in the implementation of applied business education by SOEs and Airlangga University for Islamic boarding schools in East Java.

Meanwhile, 21 other SOEs support communities on the island of Madura, particularly in the district of Sampang. The aid aims to improve people’s living standards in the form of clean water facilities, dock renovation, mangrove restoration and the development of 15 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and village-owned enterprises (BUMDesa). .

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