The Rector of Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), Prof. Ganefri along with other Vice-Rectors of UNP visited the Indonesian International School in Yangon (IIYS) School, Myanmar, on Thursday to Friday (December 6 to 7). In addition to the visitation, the Rector of UNP also signed a MoU with the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon where on this case was represented by the Inspector General. Pol. Prof. Dr. Iza Fatria.
On Friday (December 7), The Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri through “whatsApp” conveyed the readiness of UNP to received International Students through 15 international class study programs. Before going to IIYS school, the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri who was accompanied by the Vice-Rector I, II, III, and IV signed the MoU with the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar where the activity was witnessed by the Vice of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, Utut Adiyanto. Meanwhile, related to IIYS, the Headmaster of the Indonesia International School in Yangon, Dr. Cucu Junaidi informed about the school which run by the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon.
The existence of IISY is the best of Indonesian soft diplomacy power currently in Myanmar. Right now, IISY has 549 Non-Indonesian students (Myanmar and other Foreign Citizens) and 46 Indonesian students. IISY does not only act as an educational tool but also a part to promote Indonesia and to instil democratic values in student and teacher who most of them are Myanmar. The Indonesian International School in Yangon itself was built in 1967 and currently was held 549 students. Compared to schools in Jakarta, there is nothing special in the IIS Yangon building, but the school became a most popular target for students' parents. Every new school year, the school is never lack of students. In fact, IISY must apply many selections process due to the many students who register. "Our capacity is very limited, even though the demand is quite large, " the Headmaster of IISY, Dr. Cucu Junaidi said. Nowadays, IISY has 549 students ranging from kindergarten to high school level where only 18 students of them are Indonesian citizens. The majority of children are coming from the children of the staff of Indonesian Embassy in Yangon while the rest are coming from children of local officer in Myanmar, children of ambassadors (ambassadors) of foreign countries, and children of entrepreneurs. As well as being a favorite to the children, the school located in the 100 Lower Kyimyindine Road Ahone Township, Yangon, was also known on having outstanding graduates.
"According to their parents, they don't have any obstacles when they continue their education outside of Myanmar," he said. IISY has implemented an international curriculum since 2004. The curriculum is integrated with the Indonesian curriculum. Although the majority of students are not Indonesian citizens, IISY imposes a mandatory charge for Indonesian. A day in one week, students must communicate with Indonesian. Besides of using Indonesian language, students are also introduced to Indonesian culture, ranging from dancing to the traditional music. "IISY also carries a cultural mission. For the art teachers, we have one teacher graduating from ISI Yogyakarta, namely Mr. Lukman Fauzi," Iza Fatria said.
Furthermore, the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri will look at Indonesia International Schools that spread in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Singapore, Damascus, Bangkok, Riyadh, and Cairo. "Hopefully on the next year, the international class of UNP will be the interested ones for students in Myanmar. The teachers from IISY will also can continue their education to UNP," Prof. Ganefri explained. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)