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Why Nadiem should encourage rural 'Nadiems'

Jambi   /   Sat, January 11, 2020   /  08:32 am
Why Nadiem should encourage rural 'Nadiems' Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim (Instagram/@Kemendikbud.RI)

If there is one big surprise of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term in office, it’s probably the appointment of some millennials to his new Cabinet. Among them, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim is the shining star. Nadiem is undoubtedly a prime role model for the Indonesian millennial generation: He is young, inspiring, smart and of course very successful with his Gojek decacorn.

However, Nadiem was born into a wealthy family in first world Singapore, went to high-quality international schools, entered world class universities in the West and mastered perfect English. His life story would have been so different had he been destined to grow up in a poor rural family like the ones studied recently by the Smeru Institute. Smeru found that children born into poverty are likely to remain poor and unsuccessful as adults.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.