Young Generation Invited to Strengthen Diversity

Kompas, page 12, Saturday, April 22

The younger generation can play a role in strengthening diversity and resisting the phenomenon of radicalism. They need to be empowered to be able to create a positive charge that does not forget the value of diversity and tolerance through social media. The effort was initiated by Maarif Institute and Cameo Project in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture through positive video content training to more than 1,000 high school/vocational high school (SMA/SMK) students in five cities in Indonesia. The program was launched in Jakarta, Friday (21/4). The event was attended by 270 students from general SMA/SMK and religious-based schools.

Maarif Institute Executive Director M Abdullah Darraz said the rise of social issues such as hate speech, xenophobia, and extremism that hit young Indonesians in the digital age became one of the foundations of this initiative.  Maarif Institute and Cameo Project will visit five cities, namely Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Semarang to provide creative video production workshops, ranging from making video with positive narration, Youtube channel marketing tips, to video editing tricks.

According Darraz, the education system so far is still limited to teaching the recognition of the diversity of the nation. However, schools have not encouraged teachers and students to truly live/inhabit diversity in reality by plunging themselves together with different people, without suspicion.

According to Kemdikbud’s Director General of Primary and Secondary Education Hamid Muhammad, diversity is a gift to the Indonesian nation and this need no longer be disputed. The challenge now is how young people can take care of unity. Through discussion, writing, and video, the spirit of unity in the midst of diversity can be disseminated.

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