Yogyakarta – PPPPTK Matematika (Center for Development and Empowerment of Mathematics Teacher and Educational Personnel) executed its first international seminar entitled 1st International Seminar on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (ISMaTeL) on 22 to 25 October 2019. This event was officially inaugurated by the Director General of Teacher and Educational Personnel, represented by the Director of the Development for Secondary Education and Special Education Teacher, Ir. Sri Renani Pantjastuti, MPA., Tuesday (10/22/2019) at the Rohan Jogja Grand Dafam Hotel.
In her remarks, Sri Renani expressed the appreciation to PPPPTK Matematika for organizing this ISMaTeL. She conveyed her hopes that the participants would be able to develop and disseminate ethnomathematics to all teachers in Indonesia. Further, she said that in this seminar participants not only learn about ethnomathematics but also develop networks to enlarge their knowledge. Prior to Sri Renani’s remark, the Head of PPPPTK Matematika, Dr. Dra. Daswatia Astuty, M.Pd., welcomed all participants and wished that the seminar would be beneficial for both for participants and the nation.
The ISMaTeL is conducted by PPPPTK Matematika referring to the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education and Culture 2015 – 2019, in which one of the points mentions that the efforts to improve regional competitiveness are deemed necessary. Based on this statement, the Head of Program and Information Division, Dr. Rachmadi Widdiharto, M.A., said in his report that ISMaTeL is a routine agenda that will be held biennially.
In his further explanation, Rachmadi also mentioned that this seminar may insights the participants with a more detail about ethnomathematics both from the seminar presentations by ethnomathematics experts and directly learning ethnomathematics at cultural sites. All of the 201 participants from Myanmar, Lao PDR, Timor Leste and Indonesia will conduct ethnomathematics studies at Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko Temple, Yogyakarta Palace, and Kotagede Silver Crafts to have a further exploration on mathematical studies at cultural sites
A welcome dance; Bambangan Cakil dance performed by students of Yogyakarta Kekayon Museum was presented at the opening ceremony. In addition, PPPPTK Matematika also presented parade of batik culture which is extremely close to mathematics, performed by the sons and daughters of PPPPTK Matematika staff. Another presentation was Song and Games for Children entitled Games of Numbers figured by Tamansiswa. (RK/YN).