The International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO) for Primary School in 2016 had been officially opened by the President of the Republic Indonesia Joko Widodo. The Olympiad involving 22 countries is expected to bring about the seeds of future scientists in the fields of mathematics and science.
Jokowi when opening the IMSO 2016 at Allium Hotel, Tangerang, on Wednesday (9/11), said the study of math and science is seen to be important and deserves appreciation. The knowledge becomes a form of how to make progress for mankind in the future. Because, math and science are the main framework of a lot of progress and innovation.
Jokowi emphasized that although the Olympics are held wrapped in competitions and competing for medals, participants should not forget the main essence of science, which should promote a sense of sharing.
Jokowi asked the participants to exchange ideas and not to keep for themselves the knowledge they have.
The opening of IMSO in 2016 was attended by the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Muhadjir Effendy, Nata Irawan Acting Governor of Banten and Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah. IMSO 2016 is expected to become an arena that could improve not only in terms of knowledge, but also enhances self-confidence, solidifies a bold sense of humanity.