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Education: A Pathway Towards Sustainable Food Systems

With the recent launching of guidebook for students, the movement (and campaign) of Wise Foodways of the Archipelago has contributed to education and awareness building on sustainable food systems.

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Hilmar Farid
Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture

Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture expressed his appreciation for the book, considering that many problems exist in society start with food. Whether it’s health, environmental and socio-economic problems. According to him, education can integrate a new understanding of food systems from upstream to downstream in a more sustainable manner.

“We experience many problems, but at the same time many alternatives are also emerging. I think this book is very good at formulating local, healthy, fair, sustainable which is summarized in the concept of wise foodways. This is something that needs to be brought up properly by schools and teachers. Don’t stop campaign for wise foodways: local, healthy, fair and sustainable,” he continued.

More he added, “I think one of the important tasks is to highlight what’s been done at the local level. We’ve facilitated National Culture Week three times now and highlighted our cultural richness on practices around clothing, food and housing and our local wisdom to see what we can contribute to this food issue. Of course all of these efforts are very important but I am very happy that this book speaks at the downstream, namely to the consumer. When it comes to this, of course education is the key.”

Furthermore he looked forward to a wider use of guidebook to inspire many other people and to fuel the movement of wise foodways in the future.

New Curriculum

Anindito Aditomo
Head of the Educational Standards, Curriculum & Assessment Agency at the Ministry of Education and Culture

The integration of the food system into education is facilitated through a new curriculum that is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Education and Culture. According to Anindito Aditomo, Head of the Educational Standards, Curriculum & Assessment Agency at the Ministry of Education and Culture, the guidebook of Wise Foodways of the Archipelago was published at the right time the Ministry of Education and Culture is developing and testing a prototype curriculum which will later become the new national curriculum.

This new curriculum is designed as a flexible framework, which provides opportunities for schools to develop contextual operational curricula, that are structured according to local needs and considered relevant to local conditions. This curricula will introduce students to their local wisdom and the problems that surround them and not to distance students from their own environment.

The Ministry of Education and Culture welcomes the release of guidebook Wise Foodways of the Archipelago and states that it is open to further development into ready-to-use modules, or can be adapted by teachers. It is hoped that this book will be developed into a teaching aid not only for elementary school or junior high school students, but up to high school.

“Through food we can learn about health, the historical culture and traditions that produce these foods, and about economics and politics.”
So local food is a very good and very powerful theme as a learning tool, the new curriculum that we are developing gives a lot of space for the use of materials like this.”

Full video (in Bahasa Indonesia): Diskusi dan Launching Buku Panduan Belajar (LKS) Pangan Bijak Nusantara

Electronic file (pdf, in Bahasa Indonesia) Buku Panduan Belajar (LKS) Pangan Bijak Nusantara

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