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Jakarta Post

Searching for future leaders through critical essays

  • Florence Nathania

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 18 2011   /  12:52 pm

Indonesia’s leading investigative media Tempo has been looking for investigators to address national problems. In partnership with General Electric (GE) Indonesia, Tempo Institute, a subsidiary of Tempo that is concerned with journalism education and development, held an essay competition for college students named Menjadi Indonesia (Becoming Indonesia).

Participants needed to identify a problem, find a solution and present it to the public both written and verbally. The problems discussed varied from corruption, the education system, underappreciated diversity and entrepreneurship, to social issues like Muncar fishermen and the children’s traditional game egrang.

Out of 937 applicants, 20 of the best were invited to Jakarta to participate in various workshops. They met with influential public officials like the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) head, National Pol...