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Speech by the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Guérend at the launch of the CSO-LA Project "Promoting Civil Society-led Initiatives for Inclusive and Quality Education in Indonesia" (Pro-InQluEd)
Jakarta, 18 May 2018
Secretary to the Directorate General of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr Thamrin Kasman,
Vice Chairman of Commission X of the House of Representative, Ibu Hetifah Sjaifudian,
Distinguished Officials of the Government of Indonesia and of the EU Member States,
Goodwill Ambassadors of YAPPIKA, Madame Rachel Malik and Reza Rahadian,
Head of Board of YAPPIKA, Dr Meuthia Ganie Rochman,
Ms Fransisca Fitri Kurnia Sri, Executive Director, YAPPIKA and its partners: SOLUD, GEMAWAN AND SANTERA,
Distinguished representatives of civil society organisations, journalists,
Good morning, selamat pagi,
It is my great honour to be here today at the Programme Launch of "Promoting Civil Society-led Initiatives for Inclusive and Quality Education in Indonesia" or Pro-InQluEd.
This programme is part of the EU support to civil society organisations through the Thematic Programme of Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA).
The EU and Indonesia have built strong partnerships in the field of education. Since 2010 until last year, the EU has been one of the largest partners supporting the education sector in Indonesia with total bilateral grants of EUR 350 million or IDR 5.7 trillion. The EU enjoyed excellent collaboration and cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture for the implementation of the bilateral programmes.
More than 55,000 schools and 7 million students in 108 districts have directly benefited from the past EU support. We believe that education is one of the most far-reaching and tangible impact on people’s lives.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
As a member of the G20, Indonesia no longer receives EU Development Assistance. The EU and Indonesia have moved away from tradition bilateral aid, towards a mutual partnership based on common interests.
Nonetheless, funding opportunities are still available for regional and thematic programmes through the EU support to local governments and civil society organisations, such as the project being implemented by YAPPIKA and its three partners.
Since 2012, the EU decided to push its long-standing support for civil society a step further. Civil society is now integrated in all EU external policies, as actors promoting governance and democracy.
Over the last decade, the EU has become one of the top leading donors for CSOs. It has the largest world programmes delivered through CSOs in humanitarian assistance, human rights and democracy, and to CSOs as actors of governance.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The EU is pleased to award the grant contract amounting to almost EUR 750,000 to YAPPIKA-ActionAid in collaboration with its three partners SOLUD, GEMAWAN, SANTERA to implement Pro-InQluEd project for 3.5 years.
The project will reach out to out-of-school children who are yet to claim their right to basic education. Those out-of-school children who have not enrolled to formal schools due to geographical distances, having special needs, dropped out of schools, live in conflict areas and those who have never attended schools for other specific reasons.
This project will improve the quality standard of education, reduce the dropout rates and increase the access of girls and boys to inclusive schools, to ensure that no child is left behind.
It is expected that more than 150,000 elementary school aged children, including children with disabilities and out-of-school children will get the benefits of the project.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to conclude my remarks by thanking the Ministry of Education and Culture for their willingness to host this launching event in their premises.
Today I am very pleased to observe that the EU support to the education sector will continue with collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Culture, the EU, and CSOs.
Our best wishes to YAPPIKA and its three partners SOLUD, GEMAWAN, and SANTERA for the success in implementing this project and providing sustainable benefits to the children in targeted areas and for better quality of education in Indonesia.
Terima kasih dan selamat siang.