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UNESCO collaborates with Indonesian religious organizations to pioneer interfaith school

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Jakarta, IO – UNESCO Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) collaborated with Indonesian religious institutions to initiate the program “Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education”. The memorandum of understanding was signed in Jakarta, Tuesday (28/2).

The faith-based institutions include Kupuku Indonesia, NU Ma’arif Institute in Banyuwangi, and the Karmel Foundation of the Malang Diocese, reported Merdeka, Wednesday (1/3).

This interfaith school will comprise kindergarten, primary, junior secondary and senior secondary schools. UNESCO and IGCN said this initiative aims to improve the quality of inclusive education in Indonesia.

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IGCN President Y.W. Junardy said the parties involved were selected by UNESCO because they were deemed to have a strong religious basis and a large number of schools. According to him, UNESCO seeks to promote the concept of “the future of education” where education must also pay attention to religious issues. Going forward, Junardy said that interfaith schools would become a continuous program. (un)

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