(Jakarta, 02/05/2020) The momentum to commemorate National Education Day which falls on May 2nd is very important for all Indonesian people, especially the world of education. Through this momentum, the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) continues to strive so that nuclear science and technology can be taught to generations of the nation at all levels.

This was said by the Head of the Center for Dissemination and Partnership, Eko Madi Parmanto, Thursday (30/04). Nuclear science and technology is an inseparable part of universal science, which is able to provide solutions to various problems of life.

"Nuclear science and technology can be utilized in various sectors depending on our needs, and often nuclear science and technology can provide solutions that other sciences cannot do. The development and utilization of nuclear science and technology has also been very rapid and of course its use will stop if the younger generation does not want to know nuclear," said Eko.

He admitted, until now there are still many people who have not recognized the use of nuclear science and technology for welfare. For this reason, BATAN continues its efforts to introduce nuclear science and technology to the public with various strategies to make it easy to understand.

"The strategy for delivering nuclear science and technology includes dividing the clusters of community elements that are the target of dissemination, namely the executive, legislative, academic / educational clusters, professional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the general public," he said.

To the executive cluster, according to Eko, nuclear science and technology is explained through seminars, workshops, studies on the results of nuclear science and technology R & D, as well as their use which can have a positive impact in various sectors. For the legislative cluster, nuclear science and technology is explained through a hearing, particularly with Commission VII DPR RI.

"Through the hearing, the success of BATAN in producing nuclear technology and the efforts to use it in everyday life can be explained. "Data and information on the progress of nuclear science and technology development need to be known by members of the legislature and can be used as material for consideration in decision-making, especially in budgeting at the line ministry," he added.

For the academic / education cluster, explained Eko, nuclear science and technology is delivered through workshops, seminars, scientific presentations or through the development of curriculum materials for students. The provision of knowledge through this curriculum is very effective because the younger generation will be able to get to know nuclear science and technology from an early age and this knowledge will be more easily attached when compared to receiving it when they are adults.

As for professional organizations, Eko added, nuclear science and technology was introduced through the use of BATAN's R & D results in accordance with their profession. For example, the results of research and development on drugs and medical devices are introduced to those who are doctors. Farmers are introduced to BATAN's R & D results related to superior varieties resulting from radiation mutations or other products related to agriculture and livestock.

For the NGO cluster, nuclear science and technology is explained through direct visits to nuclear facilities or through discussions as an effort to provide an explanation of how the use of nuclear science and technology works. As for the general public, it can be explained through mass media or other easily accessible media.

In order for nuclear science and technology to be recognized by the public from an early age, BATAN has collaborated with the Center for Curriculum and Bookkeeping, Ministry of Education and Culture since 2010. "The result of this collaboration is filling out curriculum materials for senior high schools that have been used since 2013," he added.

"In addition, together with the ministry, we have succeeded in compiling a nuclear science and technology Smart Book which can be used as a guide by teachers who compile curriculum materials when they are asked to write by the publisher or by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Together with representatives from the ministry, BATAN is still introducing nuclear science and technology teaching materials to high schools and junior high schools to various regions," he said.

The delivery of nuclear science and technology material through this curriculum is expected to provide a positive understanding to society from an early age and can influence the generation's positive thinking towards nuclear development. "A generation that has understood this positively will be very easy to accept if the government will make a decision to utilize nuclear technology in any sector, including the use of nuclear as a power plant," he concluded (Pur).