Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Author: Rahman Ramlan
"For more than three years I have been selling here, there has never been a flag ceremony at school," said a porridge seller near the school grounds of Sungai Seria Elementary School 09. The porridge seller is a mother of a student named Sohrah. Sohrah's mother also attended SDN 09 Sungai Seria. This morning, Sohrah's mother departs earlier than usual to attend the flag ceremony. "That's my child, who holds the flag," said her proudly.
The emotion and pride clump in Sohrah's mother's heart. Her eyes sparkled to see the red and white flag flutter on the flagpole accompanied by the song Indonesia Raya, the national anthem that had not been heard for a long time at that school. But that day, the choir of the children broke the morning silence on the Seria River, raising new hopes for the generation in this village.
The Importance of Flag Ceremony
The implementation of the Flag Ceremony every Monday is a form of service agreement between the school and the community in Sungai Seria village. The meeting to agree on service promises is one of the pilot models initiated by the KIAT Guru Program (Teacher Performance and Accountability) through a mechanism that combines community empowerment with responsive government.
Through Service User Groups (Kelompok Pengguna Layanan, or KPL) from representatives of parents, community leaders, women leaders and citizens who care about education, the efforts to ensure the quality of education services in schools can be monitored and evaluated regularly.
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