Marine litter has become an increasing threat to marine life. Finding information on what each one of us can do to reduce marine litter is not always easy. That is where Indonesian Erasmus Alumni come in and share their experience from living and studying or lecturing in Europe.
Around 265 participants were inspired by Indonesian Erasmus alumni in a virtual event held on Saturday (16/10) to celebrate the annual Erasmus Days. For this year, ‘Together to Protect the Marine Life. We Care, We Can and We Do’ was chosen as the event theme.
The Erasmus Days is a three-day global celebration, spreading information across the world about the success of the Erasmus programme, discuss experiences and sharing knowledge. For the 2020 edition, 5,024 events were organised in 84 countries worldwide by beneficiaries of the Erasmus programme.
16 Erasmus alumni saw this as an opportunity to pass on their experience to others who plan to study or lecture in Europe. They talked about the success of the Erasmus which is the flagship programme of the European Union (EU) to support education, training, youth and sport. The alumni also explained how to apply for an Erasmus scholarship and how to write good motivation letter.
Being part of a community of over 10 million Erasmus alumni worldwide enriches their life and makes them feel more like a global citizen. That is why the volunteers also addressed the importance of saving marine life and avoiding marine litter, showing the awareness raising done by students in Banda Aceh in a beach clean-up as an example.
The EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Piket stated: “In collaboration with the EU Delegation, the Erasmus alumni arranged various virtual activities this year. We are proud of their enthusiasm to contribute to Indonesia and at the same time promoting this scholarship programme, despite the current pandemic. We believe in the potential and contribution made by thousands of Erasmus alumni in Indonesia to help solve global problems.”
Ambassador Piket further said: “The EU is spearheading global efforts to reduce and avoid plastic pollution and marine litter. We are working to boost ocean activists, calling everyone to do their part in protecting the oceans. The EU launched the annual #EUBeachCleanup global campaign as a movement to raise awareness of the global marine litter and plastic problem. Last month, the EU organised a beach clean-up activity in Damar Island. Together, we collected more than 480 kg of waste.”
By providing around 1,200 scholarships per year to Indonesian students and scholars, the EU and its Member States support almost one third of the more than Indonesian 4,000 students and scholars departing to study in Europe every year. More than 2,000 Indonesians have received a scholarship under the Erasmus programme since 2004. The EU’s Erasmus programme is truly building a global community!