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Indonesia Shares Best Practices On Child-Friendly Spaces With S'pore

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Jakarta (voinews): Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) Minister Bintang Puspayoga on Tuesday shared Indonesia’s best practices for developing child-friendly integrated public spaces (RPTRA) with Singaporean Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli.

According to a statement received from the PPPA Ministry on Tuesday, the two ministers visited the Kenanga RPTRA in Central Jakarta.

The activity was part of Zulkifli’s working visit to Indonesia to follow up on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked between Indonesia's PPPA Ministry and Singapore's Social and Family Development Ministry.

"Minister Masagos and I visit the RPTRA, which shows the Indonesian government's commitment to providing a safe place for children, women, and families to play, study, socialize, and seek (public) information," the Indonesian minister said.

She expressed the hope that the establishment of RPTRA would inspire other countries, including Singapore, to provide more women and children-friendly places.

"The PPPA Ministry has also carried out the standardization of six child-friendly playgrounds in Jakarta, including the Kenanga RPTRA," she informed.

Currently, there are 324 RPTRAs in Jakarta, which are managed by the local government in collaboration with the family welfare development and empowerment team (TP PKK) as well as the community.

One of the collaborative programs at RPTRA Kenanga is the Family Service Center (Puspa) which was initiated by the Jakarta Provincial Empowerment, Child Protection, and Population Management (DPPAPP) Office.

"Puspa provides online information, learning, and counseling services regarding family, nutrition, finance, and elderly issues. According to the information we received, 1,259 consultations were conducted through Puspa,” she noted.

Meanwhile, face-to-face consultation services are still being held through the Family Learning Center (Puspaga) Program, she disclosed.

Zulkifli lauded Indonesia’s best practices in establishing the RPTRAs.

"The government of Singapore thanks the Minister of PPPA for welcoming us,” he said.

He noted that on November 8, 2022, Indonesia’s PPPA Ministry and Singapore's Social and Family Development Ministry inked an MoU to enhance cooperation between the two governments.

One of the efforts made to increase cooperation was the conduct of comparative studies on good practices of women's empowerment, child protection, and family development issues, he added.

During the visit, the two ministers took part in a Puspa simulation, talked and played with children, harvested hydroponic crops, and observed taekwondo training.

In addition, they reviewed a Puspaga counseling room, a lactation room, a small and medium enterprises (UKM) hall called Gross Mart, a library, as well as an Early Childhood Education (PAUD) class. (Antaranews)

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