The Ministry of Education & Culture (MoEC) Indonesia recently held online professional development events for secondary vocational school teachers from computer science departments. Seventy-five teachers from 33 provinces in Indonesia attended the Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, and Database Foundations virtual training events from Oracle Academy to help them bring engaging content into their classrooms for their students.
Programs in vocational and pre-professional high schools that fall under the MoEC are known as Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan, or SMK. This is formal vocational education at the secondary school level that prepares students to be career ready to enter the workforce.
The Director General of Vocational Education of MoEC Indonesia, Wikan Sakarinto, PhD, opened the program, commenting, “We really appreciate Oracle and all our stakeholders in helping to hold this event, in line with our teacher training program. As we know, SMK is one of the educational institutions that creates a skilled and competent workforce. We hope that through these trainings, the teachers can get experience and enhance their competence in teaching. SMK students need to be close to the industry so they can adopt not only the hard skills but also the soft skills, including understanding the culture.”
Oracle Academy Japan & Asia Pacific Regional Director, Damian Haas, provided opening welcoming comments, saying, “Oracle Academy is pleased to be a central part of the Ministry’s program to enable educators across the vocational training sector. Our long partnership with the MoEC continues to expand its reach across Indonesia, helping teachers bring in-demand technologies and skills to their classrooms and students.”
The training opening ceremony was attended by hundreds, including Oracle Indonesia Country Managing Director Davian Omas; Director of Partnership and Alignment of the Industrial World, MoEC Indonesia, Dr. Bakrun; all the training participants; Oracle Academy instructors, the MoEC team, and Oracle Academy team led by Nurul Huda.
This was the first of a series of virtual training events that MoEC Indonesia plans to provide for secondary vocational school teachers across the country using technology and resources provided by Oracle Academy.