The National Education Ministry, in cooperation with PKM Wadah Warabal, held a national workshop on Financial Literacy from July 3-6, 2018 at the Warabal Community Center in Parung, Bogor. It is the second national event assigned by the Ministry to PKM Wadah Warabal. The first assignment was the founding of the program called Kampung Literacy or the Literacy Village at Pemagarsari Village, Bogor on September 2017 in order to boost reading interest of the villagers.
The opening ceremony of the 4-day workshop was attended by the President of Wadah Foundation, Ibu Anie Hashim Djojohadikusumo, Dr. Kastum from the National Education Ministry, as well as local government officials and local leaders.
There were about 20 participants from 16 provinces throughout Indonesia who attended the workshop, which included literacy activists from North Sumatra, Bali, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, West Sumatra, East Java, Yogyakarta, West Java, Middle Java and Jakarta.
PKM Wadah Warabal was appointed by the government to host a Financial Literacy Program because Warabal has already run several programs pertaining to finance which include cooperatives, social fund management, trash bank and catering services. In general, “financial literacy" would include knowledge and implementation of technical skill in managing better finance in school, home and in the community.
The financial literacy services run by PKM Wadah Warabal continually receive support and advice from Wadah Foundation especially in relation to empowering the economy of the community which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ibu Anie Hashim Djojohadikusumo, President of Wadah Foundation, suggested that the participants should not only discuss about the concept, but focus more on practical aspects that are easy to understand and implement. (Robby)