Press Release No. 020/KFCP-DIR/PR/V/18
Makassar, 9 May 2018 – PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) today holds science training for science teachers in Makassar, at the same time to socialize the course of the Kalbe Junior Scientist Award (KJSA) 2018 science competition; which took the theme of 'Creativity and Innovation: Solving Problems Using Scientific Approach.' KJSA is a national children's science competition that presented awards for the best science project in Indonesia for primary and middle school levels students. This science training was attended by approximately 100 primary school teachers of Makassar.
"Kalbe Junior Scientist Award is a part of Kalbe's commitment to contribute for the development of science in Indonesia, specifically through the children, and thus in the future the nation's youth will love science more and even to become quality researchers, who will contribute for the development of the science and technology fields of Indonesia," said Hari Nugroho, Head of External Communications & CSR of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk. “Furthermore, Kalbe will also continue to encourage educators and teachers to develop and encourage creativity in children in finding solutions for daily problems through science, for example through the science training.” Hari continued.
The KJSA program that has been conducted since 2011 or entering its 8th year, held the purpose of introducing science to children from the early age, as well as growing the creativity of the children in solving problems that they would encounter on daily basis with scientific and knowledge-based approach. The science training is one of the series of trainings that are held at three cities; Pontianak, Kupang, and Makassar.
“This year we are attempting to expand the socialization network, both within Kalbe's internal or external stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Education and Culture, Regional governments, numerous elementary schools, science clubs, as well as non-government organizations that move in the child education fields. Since its first inauguration in 2011, the interest of the participants has continued to increase every year. In 2017, 1103 science projects from 26 provinces in Indonesia were submitted. Compared to KJSA of year 2016, with 917 projects, and 2015 with 811 projects," said Medianto Henky Saputra, the Chairman of the Committee of the Kalbe Junior Scientist Award 2018. "This year, the Ministry of Education and Culture will provide an additional education scholarship and certificates for the winners of KJSA 2018."
The conditions of participation of KJSA of this year is that students should be in 3rd to 5th grade during sign-ups, and 4th to 6th grade by September 2018. Participations will take form of individuals, and are allowed to send more than one science projects with different themes. Science project that is signed up is an own-idea and has never won other competitions in provincial or national level. Science project could come from Natural Science, Applied Technology, Mathematic, or combination of the three. Specific for mathematics, the project does not take the form of mathematic games.
The socialization and application of the participants of KJSA starts on 22 March 2018 until 27 June 2018 where every participant is mandated to send in their papers, i.e their application form, profile, summary of research and science ideas with explanation of the option, what is to be presented, and development of ideas/solution that will be presented, others that can be seen in www.kalbe-kjsa.com.
The juries of KJSA 2018 consist of Dr. L.T. Handoko (Deputy of Technical Sciences, Indonesian Institute of Science/LIPI); Gusmayadi Muharmansyah, M.Ed (Head of Subdirectorate of Learners, Directorate of Primary School Development, Ministry of Education and Culture); Novriana Sumarti, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D. (Mathematician, Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, ITB); Prof. Dr. Nurul Taufiqu Rohman, B.Eng, M.Eng (Head of Innovation Division, Indonesian Institute of Science/LIPI), Dr. Tjut Rifameutia Umar Ali, M.A. (Dean of Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia).
Scoring criteria used in the judgment of KJSA 2018 are the originality of idea, background of the problem, solution provided in resolving the problem, innovation/newness/uniqueness, and benefit of the science project for surrounding environment and communities. From the scoring by the board of judges, 20 finalists will be chosen based on highest score, then all finalists with their mentors will be invited to Jakarta in September 2018 to present their project in front of the board of judges. Next from the judgment during the presentation, 9 best winning projects will be chosen. All winners will receive prizes in the form of education savings fund, scholarship, and certificates from Kalbe and Ministry of Education and Culture.
Kalbe at a glance
PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (“Kalbe”) was established in 1966 and is one of the biggest public pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. Kalbe has four main divisions that handle reliable and varied brand portfolio; prescription medicines (Cefspan, Brainact, Broadced, etc); over-the-counter medication division (Woods, Promag, Mixagrip, Komix, Fatigon, etc); health drinks (Hydro Coco, Extra Joss, Nitros); nutrition division (ChilKid, Prenagen, Diabetasol, etc); and distribution division. Kalbe currently has more than 35 subsidiaries, 14 production facilities with international standard, and employs more than 17,000 employees dispersed across more than 72 branches throughout Indonesia. From 1991, Kalbe is listed at Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: KLBF).