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Director General of Culture Asks Younger Generation to Consider Globalization as Opportunity to Grow

9 January 2023

Oleh: Admin Pusat


Currently, there are three layers of crisis faced by the younger generation. Starting from climate change, massive transformation in digital era, and rising political polarization. After the pandemic attacked massively, the Global Human Development Index Value decreases in the past two years. This crisis is concerning and affect human life’s quality in general.

That was the statement of Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) Hilmar Farid, Ph.D. as one of the speakers in the international conference titled “Global Transformation: Impact on Cities”, Monday (9/1). This event was held offline at Campus I Untar.

He stated that Kemendikbudristek has undertaken a few efforts, such as involving and unifying local communities to build a continuous future and more inclusive society.

“If we look at the previous general election, that is one example on how polarization can turn into something bad. This is one of the biggest challenges to face, and as the ministry of education and culture, we tried to involve a wider sector, to add diversity in opinions,” said Hilmar.

The Director General of Culture added that there is still hope and actions to be undertaken by the younger generation. Dialog exchange with other countries is crucial and might be the answer to the problems faced currently. Globalization could be the right opportunity for a country to grow if utilized optimally.

Meanwhile, Coordinator of Pustaka Bergerak Nirwan Ahmad Arsuka as one of the speakers put an emphasize on the importance of equal literation movement for younger generation in globalization era. Pustaka Bergerak (literal translation: Moving Literation) is a movement that implements social interaction and solidarity through books. Every month, Pustaka Bergerak sends books through PT Pos Indonesia for children across the nation.

This international conference was held in two sessions, inviting with Victoria M. Durand-Ruel and Adrienne Johnson from University of San Fransisco, Hendro Sangkoyo (School of Democratic Economics), and Lecturer of Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Study Program Untar Suryono Herlambang, S.T., M.Sc. as speakers.(EL/YS/AW)

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