Nearly a decade old, International Islamic Education Council (IIEC) has sending potentials children of Indonesia to several countries around the world in order to carry out the mandate of Education International Programs. One of the unique programs and an improvement to the educational curriculum of the schools under the umbrella of IIEC is what we call Overseas Program. Is an international educational program that is integrated into the curriculum that mandated by the Ministry of Education. We conduct This International education programs overseas program every year, where we send students SMA IIHS which are the potential students of Indonesia to learn in many countries around the world.
So far, Overseas Program IIEC has provided an opportunity to potentials students of the nation really feel the cross country and culture direct interaction, educating them to become young respectable ambassadors of Indonesia in the eyes of the world and get International exposure in some countries such as Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia for nearly one decade. In 2013, approximately 260 of our students will attend the program in Canada.
As Indonesia is known as a multicultural country, through this program we have the opportunity to present a special traditional performance through Indonesian Cultural Festival to be present and fully performed by our students of the IIEC. This is a tribute to every country that we visit each year as part of efforts to introduce the wonderful and diversity of Indonesian culture to the world by giving our students the opportunity to present traditional Indonesian dance and music at the International stage, so that they can have a chance to shine.
In 2011 the students of IIEC was released by Mr. Jusuf Kalla during his service as Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. At that time, the ceremony release were held symbolic at the Vice President as a form of moral support from him to our students who are a potential ambassadors of the nation to carry out their international education, as well as running their devotion to the Republic of Indonesia to bring cultural mission that we have explained above. It certainly means a lot to the kids and of course it became something that our students will never forget for these prospective future leaders of this country.
This program is intended to contribute to the connectivity between nations around the world through education, in which relationships are woven by the young generation of the nation with their peers from other nations through the program is expected to be the seed of change towards peace, progress and prosperity in the their leadership in the future. This is a new approach to delivering the next generation of the nations around the world to co-exist in harmony. International and cross-cultural interaction through education can serve as a new public diplomacy, an alternative approach effective build international relationships that support towards world peace.