It is time to support people with disabilities. We are not alone in this. Private parties must support, like us (the government) to support disability education,
Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA) – Presidential special staff for social affairs, Angkie Yudistia, has called for synergy among all parties to improve the quality of education and training for people with disabilities and create competitive and excellent human resources.
“It is time to support people with disabilities. We are not alone in this. Private parties must support, like us (the government) to support disability education,” she said after inaugurating a Vocational Training Center for People With Disabilities here on Friday.
The government, through the Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, is continuing to make efforts to boost the quality of education for people with disabilities and improve their job skills, Yudistia said.
The efforts have involved changing the learning modules and educational curriculums for people with disabilities.
“The government, through the Education Ministry, has special training institutions to facilitate people with disabilities. Then, the Manpower Ministry has work facilities,” she said.
The government has issued Presidential Regulation Number 68 of 2022 on the revitalization of vocational education for people with disabilities, which seeks cross-sectoral synergy to create a friendly ecosystem for people with disabilities.
The disabled-friendly ecosystem aims to help people with disabilities to enter the world of work and push for the fulfillment of their employment quotas.
Yudistia further said that her side will cooperate with state-owned enterprises, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), the Indonesia Human Capital Forum (FHCI), private parties, and several disability organizations to create an empowered ecosystem for people with disabilities.
She noted that the 2021 national labor force survey conducted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) showed that out of 16.5 million people with disabilities who are of working age, only 7.6 million have been absorbed in the workforce.
Meanwhile, based on data from the Manpower Ministry, only 1.73 percent of companies, or 969 companies, employ people with disabilities.
“And, based on data from the Ministry of Manpower, only 0.02 percent or 3,433 workers with disabilities have been absorbed in the job market,” she added.
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