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Christine Hakim: The importance of education

  • Kunang Helmi

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 22 2010   /  09:41 am

Famous actress and film producer Christine Hakim, last seen in Eat Pray Love, is busy these days promoting teacher education in Indonesia and Southeast Asia as Indonesia’s goodwill ambassador for UNESCO.AP/Evan AgostiniHakim flew from Tokyo to Paris this month to attend a World Teacher’s Day event titled “Recovery begins with Teachers”, at UNESCO’s headquarters. The vivacious actress described why she accepted the voluntary position of goodwill ambassador two years ago. “Ever since I produced a film about street children in Central Java, I realized the importance of teachers in education. It was an eye-opener when I was ambassador for Unicef to learn that Indonesia’s level of education is now considered only a notch higher than Vietnam’s, which is at the bottom of the scale. Remember there was a time when even Malaysians came to Indonesia for higher education.”This famo...