Sasmi Selvia, a student from Sukabumi, was overjoyed when she received the government aid she needed to continue her education at SMA 1 Sukabumi state high school.
It’s a big help for Sasmi, especially since her father is a farmer who doesn’t make enough money to fully afford his daughter’s education. Sasmi is just one of many students who have become recipients of the government’s Smart Indonesia Program (PIP) initiated by President Joko Widodo.
“The Smart Indonesia Program is really good, and it really helps us. I hope that this program can continue to aid children from underprivileged families. Thank you, Mr. President,” Sasmi said when she received the PIP aid in Sukabumi, West Java.
Other students from Sukabumi who also received PIP aid included Conny Damayanti from SMP 5 Kota Sukabumi state middle school. Conny’s parents are mini market merchants.
“I hope that this program keeps going and never stops, because it really helps us, and it makes me even more enthusiastic in studying. Thank you, Mr. President,” Conny said.
The Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry is using PIP to ensure equal access to quality education for Indonesians, especially those coming from families in poverty and for orphans.
Agus Sartono, who is deputy coordinator of education and religious affairs at the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister, stressed the importance of increasing the quality of educational services and providing equal access to it.
More than 17 million Smart Indonesia Cards (KIP) are in the process of being channeled out to youths from underprivileged homes.
“This is to ensure that recipients of KIP can gain access to education, whether formal or non-formal,” Agus said, during the recent Forum Merdeka Barat 9 media gathering event at the Communications and Information Ministry, as quoted by TribunNews.com.