The Jakarta Post
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia's education institutions, including Islamic boarding schools, must provide quality education that stays up to date with current developments as it would be likely for deviant ideologies to try and capture the minds of the youth.
He also praised the developmental roles that Islamic boarding schools have played by providing quality religious education and general knowledge to their students.
'Education must be dynamic so that it keeps up to date with the current developments as education is important for the future,' said Kalla during the 33rd anniversary of the Assalam Islamic modern boarding school in Surakarta on Saturday.
The Vice President said that the education that all Assalam students had received would be useful to help them face problems in the future. He later explained that the spread of radical ideologies by the Islamic State (IS) movement was an example of old-fashioned education that was no longer in line with developments in the current era.
'Islam is a religion that respects followers of other religions. The Assalam Islamic boarding school has also adopted a similar principle,' praised Kalla.
He further said all Assalam students and alumni must be able to give solutions to various problems Indonesian people were currently facing. They should care for people facing life's hardships.
'In facing drought, for example, there should be breakthroughs on how we can prevent and overcome its impact. There should be strategies so that farmers can still cultivate their land,' said Kalla.
He said it was hoped that in the future, the Assalam Islamic modern boarding school would not only provide Islamic education to its students but also could allow them to boost their creativity.
During the visit, Kalla, who was accompanied by wife Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, also attended the launch of an Assalam book entitled Beningnya Mata Air Islam (The Clearness of the Islam Spring) and inaugurated the Assalam Center building.
Kalla and his entourage also visited a creative economy exhibition held at the school. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Sukoharjo Regent Wardoyo were among the officials attending the Assalam school's anniversary celebration. (ebf)(++++)
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