Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Muhadjir Effendy expressed his disappointment after the Indonesian national soccer team lost to Malaysia 0-1 during the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games semifinal event in Kuala Lumpur.
This loss prevented Indonesia from achieving its goal of clinching a gold medal in soccer at the prestigious event.
During a recent media gathering at the Communication and Information Ministry, Effendy outlined his vision for Indonesia’s soccer team, saying he hoped the education industry would support the development of soccer players who have the potential to dominate ASEAN by strengthening the character of students.
“I have the ambition of guiding children who want to grow up to become soccer players, from first grade all the way to high school, so that Indonesia will have a squad that can defeat Malaysia and dominate ASEAN,” Effendy said as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Effendy urged schools to work with both formal and non-formal education institutions to support the growth of talented youths.
“Schools can work together with soccer institutions such as soccer schools located nearby,” Effendy said, adding that they should specialize in different areas.
“Schools located near dance studios can be encouraged to produce professional dancers. We are also pushing for teachers to function as talent scouts,” Effendy said.