Kuala Lumpur, July 28, 2023 – In a stride towards expanding their pedagogical horizons, a group of English Education lecturers from the University of Ma’arif Nahdlatul Ulama (UMNU) Kebumen embarked on a unique learning journey focused on tailoring school curricula for children of migrant workers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The initiative was orchestrated in collaboration with the Indonesian School Kuala Lumpur (SIKL), and is part of a progressive series of educational partnerships that have been flourishing since 2022.
Under the leadership of Friny Napasti, M.Pd., the Principal of SIKL, the program aims to bridge the gap between traditional curricular frameworks and the distinctive needs of students hailing from migrant families. Adhering to directives set forth by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, the participating UMNU lecturers have been delving into the intricacies of adjusting curricula to cater to this specific demographic.
“While the foundation of the curriculum aligns with the regulations stipulated by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, we are adding a layer of customization to suit the educational requirements of students from migrant backgrounds,” Friny Napasti elaborated. She further emphasized that the effort strives to create an inclusive and engaging learning experience that acknowledges the unique cultural and linguistic identities of the students.
The educational endeavor is not confined to curriculum adaptation alone. During the short course, the lecturers are also immersing themselves in the nuances of school management in an international setting. This facet of the program seeks to imbue educators with a broader perspective on pedagogy, administration, and cultural sensitivity.
Hastri Firharmawan , one of the participating lecturers from UMNU Kebumen, shared his insights on the initiative. “This short course is an invaluable opportunity for us to transcend the conventional boundaries of our expertise. It’s not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about comprehending the diverse needs of our students and tailoring our approach to ensure their success.”
This educational collaboration marks a significant step towards strengthening ties between Indonesian educational institutions and fostering a culture of knowledge exchange. The UMNU lecturers’ participation in the curriculum customization program demonstrates their commitment to enhancing their pedagogical methods and embracing the evolving landscape of education.
As the program progresses, these dedicated educators are poised to bring home a wealth of insights and knowledge that will undoubtedly enrich the educational experience of their students in Kebumen. This venture stands as a testament to the power of international collaboration in reshaping the paradigms of education and nurturing the growth of both educators and students alike.