To commemorate the National Education Day, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) as the university that has the educational identity always strives to improve the quality of education in Indonesia. The effort keeps carried out by always producing work even in the pandemic of COVID-19.
One of the works produced by UPI that coincided with the National Education Day is a book entitled Education Towards a Golden Indonesia (Pendidikan Menuju Indonesia Emas) on Saturday, (2/05/2020) at Gedung Partere UPI, Dr. Setiabudhi, 229, Bandung. The book conceived by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali, M.A., consists of six chapters and 84 titles involving 95 writers from UPI lecturers and professors as well as from education observers. The book that presents the idea of philosophical, theoretical, academic, and educational practices is a brainchild to prepare Indonesian human resources who are ready to compete in 2045.
The book launching event that broadcasted live on TVUPI opened by the host, Dr. Isah Cahyani, M.Pd., at 8 a.m. Then it was continued by a prayer by Dr. KH. Aam Abdussalam, M.Pd., through live campus journalist from his home. The event continued with a remark from The Head of Public Relation and Director of TVUPI Dr. Deni Darmawan, M.Si, MCE. live from Studio 1 TVUPI.
A number of remarks followed the event such as from The Head of Development Team of “Pendidikan Menuju Indonesia Emas” book, Dr. Rudi Susilana, M.Si., and a short speech from the Head Editor, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali, M.A. The book gets a positive appreciation from the Indonesian Ambassador in Uzbekistan, Prof. Dr. Sunaryo Kartadinata, M.Pd., which was directly delivered from the Ambassador’s Office in Uzbekistan. Then followed by a short speech from the book editor team, Dr. Asep Herry Hernawan, M.Pd.
The 2020-pages book, which the numbers of pages are adjusted to match with the year it released, then delivered to the Rector of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Prof. Dr. H.R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si. After received, Asep through the LCJ TVUPI 1 delivered a short speech as well as launched the book. In his speech, Asep expressed his hopes “Hopefully with this book, we have an educational road map to welcome the presence of Golden Indonesia by building a civilization containing quality Indonesian human resources”
The launch of this book was also welcomed by several parties, namely the General Chairperson of the PGRI Executive Board (Ketua Umum Pengurus Besar PGRI), Prof. Dr. Unifah Rosyidi, M.Pd. and Secretary of Indonesian ICT Teachers (Sekjen Guru TIK Indonesia) H. Wijaya Kusumah, M.Pd., as well as testimonies from the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. M. Solehudin, M.Pd.
Hopefully, this book can be an antidote in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially this book can become a book that is able to provide philosophical, conceptual, contextual, academic, and practical discussion, and be able to become a solid philosophical and academic foothold towards Golden Indonesia 2045.