Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) and Elderly Friendly Indonesia (IRL) have founded a special school for the elderly in Waena, Jayapura, Papua.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the head of the local BKKBN office, Nerius Auparanis, said the Dahlia Elderly School was inaugurated on Tuesday.

The objective of this elderly school is to empower the elderly and promote the realization of a Healthy, Independent, Active, Productive, Dignified (SMART), and happy elderly through lifelong learning.

The elderly school is a non-formal school, as its focus is on enhancing the talents and interests of the elderly. However, the school uses an andragogical approach, which emphasizes making adult learning a joyful experience.

"I am proud to see all of your enthusiasm," Auparani said to the elderly attendees of the school's inauguration.

He expects the school to serve as a model for the establishment of other elderly schools in Papua.

The Director of Jakarta IRL, Tri Suratmi, stated that the elderly school consists of four components that must be fulfilled: curriculum, teachers, location, and evaluation. The learning duration for the elderly school is six months, with a total of 12 sessions.

Participants were also provided with materials on balanced nutrition by clinical nutritionist Heidi Listya from Jayapura Regional Hospital. This activity took place over two days on June 6-7, 2023.

The Dahlia Elderly School has 30 participants.

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