Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:06

The Ministry of State Secretariat in cooperation with the National Population and Family Planning Agency knows as BKKBN- and supported by UNFPA organized a training course for UNFPA member countries, the Training on Developing a Strategic Partnership with Moslem Religious Leaders in Family Planning. The program had been conducted since 2013 by BKKBN in collaboration with UNFPA. Since 2015 the training has been coordinated by the Ministry of State Secretariat based on the Implementation Agreement signed by the 3 mentioned parties above in July 2015.


This training was designed for developing countries that share the same issues on population, family planning and reproductive health, in particular for countries whose citizens mostly are Moslem or countries that have Islamic communities. It was expected that they might learn from Indonesia’s experiences and best practices in developing a strategic partnership with Moslem leaders in order to support a national family planning program.




There were 17 participants from 7 countries (Afghanistan, Chad, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines) who joined the training held from 2 to 8 August, 2015 in Yogyakarta. Most participants were Moslem leaders while the rest were UNPA projects officers in respective countries.


The opening ceremony was held at Ibis Styles Hotel Yogyakarta on 3 August 2015, begun by opening remarks from Ms. Martha Santoso Ismail from the UNFPA Indonesia on behalf of Mr. Jose Ferraris, Representative of the UNFPA Indonesia who was not able to attend the ceremony. She stated that UNFPA would continuously support the development of South-South and Triangular Cooperation programs in Indonesia and this training is one of them.


The second remark was delivered by Ms. Rika Kiswardani, Head of the Bureau for Foreign Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of State Secretariat. She addressed the importance of evaluation of Indonesian South-South and Triangular Cooperation programs in order to improve the implementation for the next batch of the program. Therefore, the Ministry of State Secretariat as the Chair of Working Group 3 of the National Coordination Team on South-South and Triangular Cooperation responsible for monitoring and evaluation would ensure that this training would be evaluated in a proper manner by the evaluator team.


Before officially opening the program, Ms. Siti Fathonah, Head of International Collaboration and Training Centre of BKKBN conveyed her expectation for all the participants. She hoped that the participants would take their moments in Indonesia to learn from Indonesia’s experiences and best practices and at the same time would have spare time to enjoy the city of Yogyakarta.


In-class theory was held 2 days at the hotel. Resource persons who specialize in the fields of the training shared their knowledge and experiences to the participants. On the first day, there were Professor Furqon Ia Faried who gave a brief history of Indonesia and the entry of Islam in the country, Dr. Amin Abdullah was the second resource person and discussed the Islamic Perspective of Family Planning. Continued by Ms. Hitima Wardhani, the current head of BKKBN in Yogyakarta discussed the salient demography, health, education and economic profile of the Kingdom and the exemplary performance of the province in family planning (highest CPR, low TFR and growth rate). The last speaker of the day was KH. Dr. Sahiron Syamsuddin and described the history, vision and mission, structure and functions of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).  He also presented the NU perspective and role in family planning in Indonesia.


On the next day, the participants had opportunity to learn from Mr. Gama Triono, Director of IPPA Yogyakarta who presented the partnership of his organization IPPA Indonesia with Moslem leaders in providing comprehensive sexuality education to youth. The second resource person, Dr. Muhammad Ichsan from the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) or the Indonesian Ulama Council in Yogyakarta explained that MUI had supported family planning and has issued a number of fatwa related to family planning. Dr. Musdah Mulia as the last speaker spoke about family planning in Islam by presenting the concept and principles of the human being as Khalifah fil Ard (Islamic perspective of human rights), gender, marriage, family and children.

The participants went on for study trip to the following spots: the Godomanan District of Religious Affairs Office, Al Mahali Islamic Boarding School in order to observe the partnership between the school administrators and the local health office in providing adolescent reproductive health orientation to male and female students, Baiturrahman Mosque in Sleman District to observe a posdaya-mosque based program, RS Nur Hidayah a private hospital led by Dr. Sagiran,  a Moslem leaders who was also a surgeon, Harjo Santoso Village where the participants heard  the experiences of  an organized-group of vasectomized men and some of their wives. After the trip, the participants still had a chance to get lecture from K.H. Hussein Muhammard regarding HIV and STI in Islamic Perspective.

The participants were encouraged to make an action plan. The action plans provided information about the  countries’ demographic,  health and family planning profiles, objectives,  proposed strategies (including timeline, support needed, monitoring and evaluation plans)  and how  they would engage their Moslem leaders in family planning. The presentation of action plans took a whole day and all the participants were involved in fruitful discussion.

The closing ceremony was held on 8 August 2015. Mr. Teja Ram, Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning from India, spoke on behalf of the participants. He said that this program has been an eye-opener especially about the role of Moslem leaders. Dr. Samidjo from the UNFPA Indonesia congratulated the participants for their successful completion of the training.  He said that Indonesia’s family planning program was quite unique because it had the high-level of political commitment and participation from all sectors. Mr. AM Adyiarto Sumardjono, Head, Division for Multilateral Foreign Cooperation, started his speech by defining the concept of strategic partnership.  He said that this concept required that every piece of the puzzle must be placed to get a full picture. The inclusion of Moslem leaders was an important part of the puzzle and it was beneficial to a family planning program. After the closing ceremony, the participants proceeded to Borobudur Temple for cultural orientation.

Based on the evaluation conducted by the evaluator team, it was concluded that the training was a success. The participants were satisfied with the training materials and curriculum prepared; resource persons provided; and also the facilities. As for the recommendation of the next training, it is expected that the participants’ English proficiency should be assessed during the selection process. If it is possible, an Arabic/ French interpreter can be provided considering that –based on the previous experiences- there were some participants who were not fluent in English because they came from French speaking countries.


Since the feedback of the program was positive, we do hope that we can organize the next batch of the training in the first semester of 2016 inviting additional countries.


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