Indonesia Nowadays

Herman Damar

I have always seen Indonesia as a nation that I can be proud of. It has all of the potentials, and we are doing the things we can to optimise it, I believe. In terms of both natural and human resources, Indonesia has it all. It can even become a regional economic powerhouse if we keep on improving things as the days go by. Unfortunately, the thirst for power that a lot of politicians have might slow our progress a bit, or even more. There are a lot of genius people, but the others want to take them down — for power.

The media also brings negativity and thrust it into people’s mind, which make even more people stop having faith in this country. I think the most important thing that we ought to have if we want to make Indonesia a great country is to think positively and start doing things, instead of whining. Nowadays, there are a lot of people who can only whine and transfer negative energy to others, and it’s far from good. We need to shift people’s mindset. As soon as we see Indonesia as a great nation, people from other countries will think the same way.

I see Indonesia as a great nation. If we can already be in the BRIICS, N-11, and G-20, I cannot even imagine how good Indonesia can be in 30 years. We have seen that young people are brilliant and promising. But, to achieve it, we also have to provide good education. I personally think that I have always been a misfit in Indonesia’s education system, because it does not allow me to try to maximize my passion from the beginning. 30 years from now, there should be tons of schools for the misfits who have the ability to resilient.

I think the President needs to choose the best people possible to lead a few ministries that hold crucial issues: finance, education, environment, tourism, and youth and sports. Those are the promises of Indonesia and we need the best people who are able to optimize our potentials. Indonesia also needs to strengthen its current infrastructure, or even build the new ones. Having specialized cities also would stop Jakarta from becoming “the city of dreams” or “the city that has everything”. We also need to build other cities and provinces and drive people to want to live there.

The Minister of Education. Education is the foundation of a nation, and there are still a lot of things that have to be done to have a good education in Indonesia. I want to reduce the number of people who study overseas because they think that Indonesia’s education is not good enough and end up working in other countries. Yet, I also want to stop seeing children working on the street. We all deserve a good education, and the government is responsible for our education, as stated in the constitution. I would like to shift the education system, from “making machines” into “creating human intellects”.

I want Indonesia to be the center of environmental education in the world. It has natural resources that need to be preserved. By making it as the environmental center of the world, more people would study about Indonesia’s biodiversity, and at the same time, preserve it.

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