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Jakarta Post

Diennaryati Tjokrosuprihatono: Mom on a mission

  • Duncan Graham


New Zealand   /   Wed, June 20 2012   /  12:17 pm

JP/Duncan GrahamIf passion can drive policy — then here’s a parent alert: The whirlwind Diennaryati Tjokrosuprihatono is on her way with plans for your little ones.

All benign and constructive, but certainly set to make a difference in the way Indonesia raises the next generation. She’s out to get people to stop and listen — and that includes the government — but that shouldn’t be too hard for Action Woman.

Dien, as she is known, wants everyone to grasp the importance of early childhood education, the precious, fleeting first five years when so much of our language and identity is formed.

“We need to change some mindsets,” the academic and government adviser said. “Everything is structured. Traditionally, we’ve thought that a good child is one that’s quiet and doesn’t ask questions.

“It should be the other way around. Run-around chi...