The Aisyiyah Bustanul Athfal Kindergarten (TK ABA), has existed since 100 years ago. In 1919, the ABA Kindergarten was established in the Kauman or Keraton Yogyakarta complex. Since then, Aisyiyah has played a role in early childhood education in the country, even long before Indonesia’s independence in 1945.
As said by the chairwoman of the Aisyiyah Central Board Dra. Hj. Siti Noordjannah Djohantini, M.M., M.Sc., education is very important and must be given from an early age. For that reason, Aisyiyah aims to advance Indonesian education from an early age, by strengthening and developing their movement for the education of Indonesian children from early childhood to higher education.
“There have been many problems in the world of education since 1919, something which we must resolve. In early childhood education, we must be able to teach not only knowledge but also faith. We hope that education and faith can be practiced by our children, and they will be accustomed to doing good deeds. We also hope that our children who are educated with knowledge and faith can become children of Qurrota A’yun (Soul Conditioning), a jewel of the heart not solely for their parents but a gem for future generations and the interests of the Indonesian people,” she said in front of the audience at the 107th Muhammadiyah Anniversary Reception and the 100th anniversary of ABA Kindergarten at the UMY Sportorium Building, Yogyakarta, on Monday (11/18) night.
The role that Aisyiyah has played in early education is establishing approximately 20,000 ABA kindergartens in all corners of Indonesia. “In Soe (NTT), in remote areas, even in the mountainous areas of Indonesia. We continue to provide hope for our children through education. We ask for your prayers and support, to join hands in educating Indonesian children to be intelligent children, children who will be useful to the religion and the nation, “said Siti Noordjannah, Chairwoman of Aisyiyah Central Board.
The Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, B.A., M.B.A. stressed that many people do not understand the role of PAUD (Kindergartens) in community education especially character education. “That is where the time to form Indonesia’s future leaders begins. Indonesia will not progress without good PAUDs. For this reason, in order to educate the life of the nation, we hope that we can all continue to contribute as an ecosystem that provides wider opportunities for learning and freedom of learning for Indonesia’s future generations. I am grateful because Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah have taken that role long before Indonesia gained independence,” He exclaimed.
Nadiem also appreciated the Muhammadiyah’s efforts to educate the nation’s people, something that was instilled by KH. Ahmad Dahlan. His efforts has given the winds of change for an independent, developed and educated Indonesia. “I truly appreciate the people of Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah in carrying out community renewal, especially by providing better education with 20,000 PAUDs. Lots of people talk about character education, and I continue to be committed to advancing Indonesian education through character education, something that can not only be taught but must also be exemplified and done,” He concluded. (Hbb)