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Erasmus Days 2019: Indonesian alumni contribute to their community, promote environmental awareness
Former scholarship recipients of the Erasmus+ Programme gathered today at the Erasmus Days 2019 celebration “Today for Tomorrow” in Jakarta. The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E Vincent Piket said, “Since 2004, more than 1,800 Indonesian students and scholars have benefitted from the Erasmus+ Scholarship Programme. This programme also provides opportunities for more than 500 students and lecturers from European countries to come to Indonesian universities to conduct lectures, training and undertake short-term credit exchanges. The big number of scholarship awardees and pool of alumni from Indonesia is proof of their great potential and how they can make a change, both in their home country as well as in different parts of the world. They have developed a professional career in various sectors and provide solutions to global issues.”
EU Ambassador Vincent Piket added, “The global youth movement for climate action is a sign of the growing awareness in our societies, that climate change is a pressing reality today. Actions taken by Indonesian youth, as we witnessed today, are not only for protecting our planet at this present time but it is also a legacy for the next generation. Today’s event reflects EU’s commitment to advance the multilateral framework governing global action to deal with climate change, through partnerships with different community groups and partners.”
Erasmus+ Alumni President Indonesia, Communication and Alumni Engagement, Hanif Falah, said that the event becomes an opportunity for alumni to offer solutions toward current priorities. “This year, we promote environmental sustainability, the phase out of single-use plastic, and waste management. These are an increasingly urgent problem and a global concern,” he explained.
One of the actions to promote environmental sustainability and protection of the planet is demonstrated by a creative idea called ECOFUNOPOLY initiated by Erasmus+ alumna Annisa Hasanah. ECOFUNOPOLY is an educational board game that introduces environment-focused knowledge to children and to trigger a pro-environment behavioural change. This board game attempts to cover the lack of adequate educational tools in Indonesia which focuses on the environment. The board game has received various international awards and a simulation was conducted at the United Nations.
Another alumna, Azka Hasna, is known for producing and marketing eco-friendly goods in order to replace the utilisation of single-use plastic products such as plastic straws and plastic bags. This initiative is carried out through her small business “Untuk Bumi” (For Earth).
Erasmus Days 2019 also presented a discussion session on how the EU supports Indonesian youth to help them tackle climate change. The event also featured free consultations on Erasmus+ scholarships including a workshop on writing motivation letter and on how to win a scholarship. Every year, the EU – through its flagship Erasmus+ programme – and EU Member States provide around 1,600 scholarships to Indonesian students and scholars.