"We realize that vocational education is the need of the hour," Kalla said.
Doha, Qatar (ANTARA) - Indonesian Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla attended the Doha Festival on Friday while transiting in Qatar en route to Jakarta from Switzerland.

Kalla partook in an iftar dinner to break the fast along with the Indonesian community in Doha before exploring the shopping center in the company of Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhammad Basri Sidehabi.

The vice president headed to a book shop and purchased several books and a KidsLabs toy.

"Yes, I bought this for my grandson. I am also keen to know about the water filter works," Kalla remarked in reference to the Kidzlab toy he had bought.

While addressing Indonesia's community in Qatar, Kalla highlighted the need for vocational school development.

"We realize that vocational education is the need of the hour," he noted.

Prior to departing for Switzerland on Thursday, Kalla paid a visit to the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) campus in Lausanne, to gain a broader understanding of this esteemed institution's approach to preparing VET professionals.

"Here, some 80 percent of the senior high school graduates continue their studies to vocational institutions," he informed journalists following a visit to the Lausanne-based SFIVET campus as part of his planned programs during his stay in Switzerland.

Moreover, the Indonesian government has laid emphasis on developing the country's human resources through VET programs. Hence, Indonesia should work towards strengthening its vocational high schools, VET centers, and polytechnic colleges. EDITED BY INE

Translator: Bayu Prasetyo, Fardah
Editor: Eliswan Azly
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