The Center for Development and Empowerment of Mathematics Teacher and Educational Personnel (PPPPTK Matematika) organized the Launch of “Ayo Belajar Matematika/Let’s Learn Maths (AjarMat) programme as a Pioneering National Movement, in seven locations of AjarMat representing the regions across Indonesia Wednesday, 27 November 2019. This launch was done simultaneously through Video Conference (Vicon) from PPPPTK Matematika, Jl. Kaliurang Km. 6 Yogyakarta. The seven AJarMat locations involved at the Launch of AJarMat Movement were the Regency of Aceh Tamiang, Bogor, Central Sumba and the City of East Jakarta, Pontianak, Makassar, Denpasar.
The launch was declared by the Director General of Teacher and Educational Personnel, Dr. Supriano, M.Ed., through a vicon from the Ministry of Education and Culture Jakarta. Supriano, in his speech, appreciated PPPPTK Matematika for finding a breakthrough in the learning process in the form of AJarMat movement for the community to enable them helping children enjoy mathematics.
“Let’s start learning mathematics using the mutual cooperation system since this system is the strength of our nation. I believe AJarMat is a good method and it might be more broadly applied. In this way we can leverage our children’s knowledge for items had not been obtained at school. At this point, parents and community groups may take their role” Supriano elaborated.
Head of PPPPTK Matematika, Dr. Dra. Daswatia Astuty, M.Pd., previously explained that the AjarMat Movement is a programme that was initiated by PPPPTK Matematika meant as one of the breakthroughs in the efforts to build an educational ecosystem, especially in the field of mathematics to overcome the stagnation and tardiness in increasing students’ mathematics learning achievement nowadays.
The core of the AjarMat Movement is to encourage and invite parents or community to participate in creating a loving, honing, and fostering climate of mentoring in learning mathematics with creative, innovative, inspiring, and fun atmosphere. AjarMat Movement empowers AjarMat cadres who have been trained by PPPPTK Matematika as a motor to send the programme to parents or community members.
Head of Program and Information Division Dr. Rachmadi Widdiharto, M.A., as the programme initiator explained that selection of the 7 AJarMat locations involved at vicon to launch AJarMat movement was considering the readiness and technical support, as well as the representation of Indonesia from the east to the west. While the targets of the AJarMat movement are students’ parents (students’ parents forums, school committees, etc.) as well as community member/ communities (PKK, dasawisma, community learning hours / JBM, etc.).
Further, Rachmadi also said that AJarMat Movement had conducted limited trials in regencies/ cities in D.I. Yogyakarta Province. This trial results evaluation showed that 54.55% of respondents said that this programme was very useful and 43.32% mentioned it was beneficial for parents/community members. Respondents in general stated that the activities conducted in AJarMat were interesting, the materials used in these activities were easily obtained, AJarMat cadres had good competence, as well as adding insight and helping to assist children in learning mathematics.
The final outcome expected of the AJarMat Movement as a Pioneering National Programme is to improve students’ achievement. Students’ success is not merely the responsibility of formal education channels, but rather the sharing responsibility between family, community and government. School helps to continou the education applied in the family, since the first and main education for children is in the family. (RK/YN)