Approaching the national Education Day on May 2, 2007, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia (MKRI), in cooperation with the Department of National Education, gave awards to Civics Education teachers of elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools throughout
According to the Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, Janedjri M. Gaffar, the 2007 Constitutional Awards are give as one of the Constitutional Courtâs commitment for teachers of elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools who have dedicated their life to education, particularly to civics education.
One of the programs of the Constitutional Court of the
Janedjri is of the opinion that the teachers deserve to the respect and appreciation based on their work and commitment for the national development. The Constitutional Court of the
The 1945 Constitution is not formulated to become a sacred and untouchable state document. In fact, this is a monumental work of the founders of this Republic providing guidelines regarding state administration and human rights. Through these teachers, particularly Civics Education teachers, students can understand the principles of state administration and protection of human rights.
The 2007 Constitutional Award is expected to become a trigger for teachers in improving their performance. In addition, this Constitutional Award is expected to become a tradition in the Constitutional Court of the
Furthermore, Janedjri said that the Constitutional Court of the
According to Janedjri, the award is aimed at motivating teachers in their dedication, in addition to the efforts of the Constitutional Court of the
On the occasion for presenting the 2007 Constitutional Award held on last Friday (4/5), the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Jimly Asshiddiqie, S.H. said that the presentation of the award to the teachers is an important moment because it is a beginning of a highly noble activity. âThis award has an important meaning considering that the Civics Education teachers as educators are the spearhead of the process of education with constitutional awareness for all citizens,â said Jimly.
Jimly also hopes that the current education process gives great responsibility to the teachers, will be able to lead the way the nationâs young generations to the development stages towards advancement. Moreover, the Indonesian nation shows great interest in the world of education. It is evident by the budget allocation for education in the Constitution.
In the meantime, Nanik Pudjowati, one of the teachers receiving awards expressed her surprise by the attention given by the
In line with Nanik, Nurhadi who also received an award for High Schools category, is of the opinion that this award is a positive appreciation for Civics Education teachers. In addition, according to this teacher who is from Papua, by this award, the
âIt motivates me in teaching Civics Education subject as well as challenges me to continuously improve creativity in teaching this subject to my students,â Nurhadi added. He also expected that the attention given by the high state institution concerned motivates the teachers to realize a Civics Education subject which is no longer considered as a boring subject by the students.
The complete list of winners of the 2007 Constitutional Award is as follows:
Name of Teacher
Elementary Schools Teachers
SDN Balirejo, Yogjakarta
SDN Ulalak 3,
Junior High Schools Teachers
SMPN 1 Samarinda,
SMPN 8 Banjarbaru,
Senior High Schools Teachers
SMAN Jayapura, Papua
SMAN 4 Yogjakarta
Yeddi Effendi Sipayung
Colloquium on Constitutional Awareness
In addition to presenting awards to performing Civics Education teachers, at the same time the
The three-day colloquium aimed at improving the Civics Education teachersâ understanding of the 1945 Constitution and its amendments. In addition, this activity it is expected to provide information obtained directly from several sources for a correct understanding of the Constitution. The teachers who participated in this event are also hoped to share their understanding with their colleagues in their respective regions who will further disseminate it to their students. (tiur/ardli)