The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on Indonesian Scout Movement (Pramuka) members to come up with innovative and creative ideas to face global competition against young people from other countries.
Jokowi said that they must try to step out of their comfort zones to explore their hidden potentials that could they use to face the fast-growing competition.
“We have to educate our Pramuka members not only to be able to march, erect tents and use coil ropes, but also to be disciplined in using social media positively and productively,” Jokowi said in front of 15,000 Pramuka members who attended its 11th national meeting, known as “Raimuna”, in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Monday. The event coincided with the celebration of the 56th anniversary of Pramuka.
Jokowi said all Raimuna participants were part of the millennial generation, also known as generation Y, whose ways of thinking were sharply different compared to the previous generation.
“Pramuka members have to use creative and modern ways to solve problems. As part of the millennial generation, they must develop a sense of pride in their country. Fill your young ages with productive things,” Jokowi said.
Pramuka members from Papua attending the meeting brought 1,500 traditional bags, locally known as noken, as souvenirs that they will distribute to Pramuka members from other provinces across Indonesia.
“We will give the noken to visitors of our exhibition booth at the Cibubur camping ground as memorabilia from us, members of Pramuka’s Papua chapter [Kwarda],” said Kwarda Papua head Chistina L. Mano in Jayapura. (ebf)