English Learning Program for Indonesians Working in Domestic Sector Abroad: Some Language-related Aspects to Be Considered

Educationhassofarbecomean inseparable partofhumanlives.Everyone simplyneeds education inwhatever forms itmightbe(formal orinformal) inorder to makea betterlivingor have a bettersense oflife. It is with educationthat human isbecoming morehuman aseducation concems withpersonal development, selfacceptance^ and acceptance by others (Ibid). In the same way, UNESCO International Comniission onEducationforthe2rcenturyalsoseeseducationas’ having a fundamental role in personal and social development”and-thereby to reduced poverty, exclusion, ignorance, oppression andwar (Delors, et.al).

In our global economy and competitive world, education isone ofthe most important factors toenable people togetin to good jobs, tosurvive thecompetition andeventually to have a better quality of life. Through education and learning, people develop the necessary competencies to be qualified in terms ofhuman development and meetthe requirement for the satisfaction of manpower needs (Widdowson, 1984).

One of the competencies needed to support one’s profession in today’s global izedworldwilleasilybe English language. However,notevery bodyhas the opportunity to have English language education as one way ofimproving their’ qualification. Thissituation is likely to be encounteredby Indonesianswho wish to workasdomesticworkersin someAsianEnglish-speakingcountries.
At this moment, Indonesian sworkingin the domestic sectoroverseas such as in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, are truly in need for English language training. Coming from poor families, many ofthose workers have only limited education albackground, and most ofthem have no or very little access in getting English language education to support their future domestic services. As a result, many Indonesian domestik workers are not ideally qualified forthejob. As amatter of fact, according to Huang and Yeoh (1998) as cited by Rachman (2003), in Singapore, Indonesian domestic workers are stereotyped as ‘cheap and docile’ unlike their Filipino counterparts whom are considered more superior because of their command ofthe English language and higher education qualification (21). Theyare therebymore expensiveto hire.

For this very reason, English language training for Indonesian domestic workers must be considered as ofa paramount importance. With a qualificationof English language, ourforeign domestic workers will not onlybe able to compete with domestic workers from other countries, but they will also be able to do their job better and more professionally. And most importantly, having been qualified with English language, those workers will likely to become more independent individuals and empowered social beings living and dealing with a whole new culture.

Name : Irma WindyAstuti

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