Proceedings of the Annual Civic Education Conference (ACEC 2018)

As the founders of the nation proclaimed the independence of Indonesia the form of the Pancasila State was only an ideal, therefore every state organizer must work hard to realize those ideals. In the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution of the State of the Republic of Indonesia (1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia), the fourth paragraph expressly states that in achieving the ideals, the Indonesian government must: (1) protect the entire Indonesian nation and the entire Indonesian blood sphere; (2) general welfare; (3) to educate the life of the nation; and (4) participate in the implementation of a world order based on freedom, eternal peace and social justice. In the effort to realize these four ideals the government organizes national development.

National development can be said to be successful when it has reached the optimal balance point of two of the most extreme national interests and seems to attract one another. First, efforts to strengthen the sovereignty of the state both sovereignty both inward and outward. Second, efforts to strengthen the nation's competitiveness (outward looking). In this context all components of the nation agree that education plays the most decisive role of success or failure of the national development. As aspired by the founders of the nation that education that can educate the life of the nation. The meaning of intelligence is a society and nation with an increasingly advanced and modern life. To make it happen, the development of the national education system must be able to encourage the ongoing transformation of traditional culture into modern culture and from feudal culture to democratic culture (Sudijarto, 2013). A number of countries that are now developed countries, especially those having a state philosophy embodied in the constitution of their country and a solid political life, are countries which since independence have placed education as the foundation of state development (Suryadi, et al., 2013).

Indonesia since independence has been conducting citizenship education program seems to still leave various issues on behavior aspect of citizen. 70 years of independent Indonesia, the ideals of the state to realize the modern and advanced society is still far from expectations. The behavior of some people is very far from the values of life of Indonesian society. Indonesia has long been known as a nation that has a great culture. Communities live in harmony, remember the state motto "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" which shows a life full of tolerance among different citizens. Social relations are polite and polite, respectful, and considerate. But we can see for ourselves that lately there are so many human figures of Indonesia who appear full of selfish, insincere sincere, not serious, pseudo-happy, appear as yes man, and other bad qualities. Such attitudes and attitudes will be manifested in behaviors that blame others, happy to blaspheme and break promises, become angry, vindictive, intolerant, bad manners in riding, corruption, thuggish, interstellar and tribal warfare, awards to the declining leaders. Even more tragic, our children who are still sitting in school also can hurt each other on the streets (Budimansyah, 2012). The question is what happens with our education? How does values, moral, character, and citizenship take up the issues?

The first Annual Civic Education Cenference features the views of experts and observers of the Civic / Citizenship field in the homeland and a number of friendly countries grouped into eleven themes. On each theme there are a number of papers that outline the deepest thoughts to understand civic /citizenship education issues and their future development strategies. In addition, there is a keynote paper address conveyed by Associate Professor Dr. Charles White (Boston University, USA) and four invited speakers, Prof. Emeritus Dr. A. Azis Wahab, MA (UPI), Prof. Emeritus Dr. Udin S. Winataputra, MA (UT / UPI); Associate Professor Rohizani Yaakub (USM, Malaysia), and Assist Professor Dr. Onanong Thippimol (Tammasat University, Thailand).

The composition of the various themes presented can be seen based on the following topics in the Proceeding, covers the biggest and the largest efforts of our academic as well professional works in universities, schools, and civic societies covering: understandings, academic works, trigerring ideas, and best practices collected from us the community of civic education around the country Indonesia. The sum of 253 articles were presented in to cover best ideas, experiences, and problems were framed within the following Main Topics: The Role of Citizens in Strengthening Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (19 articles); State Ideology and Civic Education (17 articles); Role Model and Democratic Citizenships (13 articles); Pluralist Society: Freedom and Tolerance (25 articles); Teacher Education of Civic Education and Nation and Character Building; Teacher of Civic Education and National Building (44 articles); Virtues, Characters and Civic Community (79 articles); Curriculum Design and Democratic Governance (8 articles); Good Governance and Civic Engagement (18 articles); Balancing Citizens’ Rights and Duties (5 articles) Netizens, networking, and Shared Responsibility; (5 articles); and Other Topics (20 articles).

In the Book of Abstract, of course, the various thoughts are only presented briefly. The full edition of the authors' work will be presented in full papers to be published in an indexed conference proceeding. We hope that this conference effort will bring benefit to the people of Indonesia and the world.

The Editors Ade Gafar Abdullah – Editor in Chief
Leni Anggraeni
Dede Iswandi
Muhammad Mona Adha
Diana Noor Anggraini
Fajar Nugraha Asyahidda
Obby Taufik Hidayat
Jagad Aditya Dewantara
Khabibatul Fatkhi