JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - A member of Commission X of the House of Representatives Angelina Sondakh said ASEAN may strengthen its education system using information and technology tools optimally.
"For example, the government may set up an online forum for ASEAN teachers and students for interaction and share information about the education system in each member country," she said here on Tuesday in response to the 18th ASEAN Summit held in Jakarta on May 7 and 8.
Angelina hoped the online forum would help ASEAN students and teachers to improve and strengthen education in their countries. The former Miss Indonesia said ASEAN member countries needed to improve its education system to a high level such as those in some other Asian countries and in the West.
She also said an almost similar culture in ASEAN countries might help the process of interaction and transfer of knowledge among the students and teachers in the region. Apart from benefiting the students and teachers, ASEAN cooperation in education sector was also expected to help develop the research sector for academicians and practitioners.
Earlier in the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, representatives from ASEAN youth community who had the chance to meet ASEAN leaders said they wished for more training and education on entrepreneurship and leadership.
"Such programs should not only help us improve our skills but also enable us, youths in ASEAN countries, to get to know each other better," Lion Florish III, a member of the community said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian youth representative Iman Usman said the youth plays an important role in realizing the ASEAN dream to be a single community in 2015. Therefore, activities that support the youth in raising their quality as humans must be supported by all parties, especially governments.
Iman also called on the governments of ASEAN countries to provide more scholarships for young people from countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in the hope it would help boost the development of human resources in the four countries.