Giving Attention to The Future of Education
in Remote Areas
Education is one of the important element for anyone especially Indonesia as a developing country that is in the period of development to become state which can be magnified in the global competition and becoming a prosporeous country by having progress in various fields. Talking about education in Indonesia will be very interesting because of the presence of various problems related to the education field, one of them is a problem related to inequities in right to get education especially for them who live in remote areas. Places that are not easy to acces become a reason of not maximum fullfillment of education in remote areas, ranging from the need for facilities and pre means to the need for resource teachers. Based on the fact, goverment and also the other comunities should moved to take an action in order to giving attention to the future of Indonesian education in remote areas.
Educational conditions are still not meet the standards in some areas especially remote areas of the island such as Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara and others due to several problems, some of them are problems related to the condition of the geographical conditions of the region. The location which is far away from the city and the still inadequate infrastructure are also become factors and their impact on the students who are in remote areas have to fight hard to be able to run a school activity by walking up to a distance of many kilometers, even to cross rivers without bridges and others that also causes new problem that is related to educational facilities and teacher resources.
Facilities or infrastructure of education is a requirement that is also needed in the teaching process to support the school activity. Geographical conditions and inadequate infrastructure also made it difficult to support the distribution of educational facilities such as school buildings and their facilities are still minimal. In addition, other problems such as lack of teacher resources also become an obstacle to the process of education in remote areas. distribution of teachers are not evently, while the teacher is a very important element as a supplier needs of science for students. There was a bit of a result of these problems, many children in remote areas had to stop going to school, or even do not have time to get an education at all.
The problems education in remote areas would also be an indication that the quality of education in Indonesia can be said is still very low. According to UNESCO, Indonesia ranks 69 out of 127 countries in the Education Development Index.
In connection with the problem of teacher resources that are lacking in remote areas, it becomes quite heavy task for the government and other communities to try to contribute in solving the problem of education remote areas. Then, the college students as one of the academic as well as the product of education that should be used as a community that can assist the government in this task is expected to be directly involved in efforts to improve the quality of education in remote areas.
Steps that can be done by higher education institutions and college students is to maximize the program that has been there at the college level, namely KKN and PPL, proggrams for college students who have developed the competence of students as prospective and professional teachers, provide experience to students, apply the knowledge and skills students have mastered into real life. Of course with the students run KKN-PPL service learning program is actually not only the students who get the input, but the schools where students carry out the program will also gain benefits as well. Therefore it would be better if the KKN-PPL college student is focused to remote areas, so this will be one way that will reduce the problem of lack of teacher resources faced by education in remote areas.
Looking at the fact about the condition of education in Indonesia, especially in remote areas that still have the low quality, especially for Indonesia as a developing country, the role of government, public, especially students as an academics people are needed in contributing to education as well as an expression of concern by giving attention to the future of education in remote areas in Indonesia.