MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – Muhammadiyah collaborates with the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemkominfo) to establish the Digital Guide (‘Pandu Digital‘) to address the adverse effects of digital disruption.
The initiative aims to impart digital literacy and promote ethical codes of Muhammadiyah netizens, formulated in the ‘Nine Principles of Social Media Ethics’ (Sembilan Poin Aklaqul Sosmediyah).
Chairman of Muhammadiyah Dadang Kahmad hoped that the Digital Guide could avert Indonesian people, particularly Muhammadiyah members, from bad impacts of the virtual world since only one of 1000 Indonesian people has substantial reading literacy.
“Muhammadiyah is now working on digitalization. It has begun since pre-congress (Muktamar) of Muhammadiyah at Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD). Muhammadiyah has arranges strategies to succeed the digitalization in Muhammadiyah,” said Dadang Kahmat in the opening of seminar and workshop on the Digital Guide Formulation at Masjid At-Tanwir of Muhammadiyah, Jakarta, on Saturday (August 26).
Furthermore, the Chair of the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information Services Muchlas mentioned that the collaboration was valuable as Muhammadiyah has many educational institutions.
“Muhammadiyah has 171 higher education institutions and more than 20,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools. They are targeted for the digital literacy,” mentioned Muchlas in the seminar and workshop attended by Muhammadiyah council leaders, institutions, bureaus, and representatives from autonomous organizations, leaders of Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institutions across Jabodetabek and Yogyakarta, Muhammadiyah service institutions (AUM), and the Muhammadiyah Regional Board (PWM) of DKI Jakarta.
According to Muchlas, digital disruption has pervaded the educational and industrial spheres.
“Amid the three aspects of the 5.0 industrial revolution, human influence is growing, with robots aiding rather than replacing humans. Hence, digital literacy is vital for all sectors, particularly in education. Schools should be equipped with guides.
Meanwhile, Bambang Tri Santoso, Chairman of the Digital Literacy Team for the Education Sector at the Kemkominfo, said that Kemkominfo is actively promoting the digital literacy.
“Addressing our digital literacy gap is crucial, as our literacy index falls behind. Let’s collaborate and leverage Muhammadiyah’s significant reach to aid the government’s digital literacy efforts. The Digital Guide initiative acts as a facilitator, aiding education, tourism, micro, small, and medium enterprises (UMKM), farmers, fishermen, and village support,” said Bambang.
“This is imperative as our digital literacy index lags behind. To address this gap, let’s collaborate, given that Muhammadiyah is a substantial organization that can assist the government in implementing digital literacy,” he stated. The Digital Guide initiative serves as a facilitator to support education, tourism, micro, small, and medium enterprises (UMKM), farmers, fishermen, and village assistance.
“The Digital Guide also has a keen interest in extending digital literacy to the community. We extend our gratitude to Muhammadiyah for its swift and adept approach to digital awareness, digital safety, digital culture, and digital ethics,” said Bambang.