The Indonesian National Education Day or Hari Pendidikan Nasional Indonesia or abbreviated as Hardiknas is celebrated annually on 2 May, in remembrance of Ki Hajar Dewantara, the founder of educational philosophy Tut Wuri Handayani, which means that we can help others learn by coaching and mentoring. The 2021 celebration bears the theme “Serentak Bergerak Wujudkan Merdeka Belajar” or “Simultaneously Move, Realizing the Freedom of Learning”.
“The Hardiknas celebration this year should be the beginning of designating every day as education day ,” said Mr Nadiem Anwar Makarim. The virtual exhibition represents this goal, by utilizing online platform to introduce the educational programs and achievements of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology to broad audiences.
The virtual exhibition was held on 21-23 May 2021 with 6 agendas, i.e., 1. Information on the Merdeka Belajar Policy; 2. Achievements of the Merdeka Belajar Programs; 3. Displays of 14 stands within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology; 4. Various quizzes with prizes; 5. Various webinars; 6. Tiktok challenges with prizes. Among the 14 stands displayed, the 7 SEAMEO Centres of Indonesia presented their highlighted achievements in the forms of videos and posters. During the virtual exhibition, SEAMEO BIOTROP presented a talkshow on Urban Farming, with resource persons: Ms Shella Marlinda, MSi (Aquaponics), Mr Samsul A Yani, SSi (Edible Mushroom Cultivation), and Ms Riana Hartati, SSi (Hydroponics).