The meaning and experience on nationalism of Indonesian migrant workers’ children in border areas Indonesia-Malaysia

Dendi Tri Suarno, Yoyon Suryono, Zamroni Zamroni, Johan Irmansyah, Faishal Yasin


The transformations of Indonesia National Education is massively organized through strengthening character education (PPK) which include the strengthening nationalism values. Discussion related to nationalism itself has become an important issue in the education sectors in Indonesia, particularly in the context of education in the border area. The purpose of this study is to describe the condition of education services at the Community Learning Center (CLC) at Sarawak, Malaysia, and explore the meaning and experience of nationalism from Indonesian Migrant Workers' (IMW's) children in the border area of Indonesia-Malaysia. The study use qualitative methods with a phenomenological approach, intended to produce in-depth data on the meaning and experience of nationalism from IMW's children attending CLC Sarawak, Malaysia. The data collected in this study are primary and secondary data. Primary data is obtained through observation and in-depth interviews, while secondary data is obtained through documentation. The results showed that CLC has made the optimal efforts in growing IMW's children nationalism in border areas, such as; (1) implementing the educational curriculum in accordance with curriculum standards in Indonesia; (2) run programs that can foster IMW's children nationalism; and (3) improve the quality of service and access to education for IMW's children in the border area. Furthermore, IMW's children interpret nationalism as a feeling of love, pride, and willingness to sacrifice for the nation and country with all their heart. The meaning of nationalism is constructed through various children’s experiences obtained in the school environment, family environment, and socio-cultural conditions in the community. The results of this study can be a reference for the Indonesian government to formulate and prioritize education programs for IMW's children in border areas.


Border area; community learning center; experience on nationalism; IMW’s children; meaning of nationalism;


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