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Indonesian students win silvers, bronze at science olympiad in Doha

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Jakarta  /  Sat, December 21, 2019  /  11:04 am
Indonesian students win silvers, bronze at science olympiad in Doha

Muhammad Adyan Dafi, 15, of Cahaya Rancamaya Islamic Boarding School in Bogor, West Java, shows off a silver medal at the 2019 International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 12. (Kompas.com/Yohanes Enggar)

A group of Indonesian students has won silver and bronze medals at the 2019 International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Doha, Qatar.

The team, which consisted of six students from Jakarta, Banten and West Java, took five silver medals and one bronze medal.

Muhammad Adyan Dafi from Cahaya Rancamaya Islamic Boarding School in Bogor, West Java; Berwyn from 6 Penabur Christian Junior High School in Jakarta; Christopher Ivan from Penabur Christian Junior High School in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Banten; Michael Evan from IPEKA Puri Junior High School in West Jakarta; and Rafif Dista from Al Kausar Boarding School in Sukabumi, West Java, won the medals for the team.

The IJSO is an annual competition in science for students seeking to promote interest in science among students and exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation.

More than 400 students from 72 countries took part in this year’s competition, held from Dec. 3 to 12.

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“The most challenging opponents came from India, China and Taipei," said Dafi, one of the students, as quoted by Kompas.com. "They studied on their own outside the curriculum set by the government. Since an early age, they have been focused on learning about science. Their training materials were also more complicated than those found in the IJSO."

The Indonesian team consisted of selected students for the 2019 National Science Olympiad (OSN).

Ari Rosandi, general manager of Cahaya Rancamaya Islamic Boarding School, hoped the government would further develop the talented students. 

"It would be a shame if the government did nothing more. It's not just a matter of winning medals. There has to be a bond between the country and these students," he said. 

He urged the government to establish a National Science Olympiad Committee for sustainable progress. (gis/wng)

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