IO, Malang – A student of the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) became one of the Indonesian delegates at the Bali Democracy Student Conference (BDSC), last month. Stevano Yosua Natalaga, or “Vano”, from the English Literature Study Program, is one of three UB representatives participating in BDSC.
BDSC is a part of the “Bali Democracy Forum” held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bali. The event was attended by 73 observing countries and 53 invited countries, including Bulgaria, Tunisia, France, and many others. Total participants numbered more than 500, coming from all over the world.
The event, which was opened by Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had the theme “Democracy and Inclusivity”. In accordance with the theme, the government wants to know the perspective of the community and students about inclusive democracy that involves all parties.
To be able to qualify as a delegate at the forum, Vano had to pass several selection stages. There were administration selection, English essay selection, and introduction video, until finally his name became one that was announced to qualify as a BDSC delegate. He felt happy to be able to pass, because from the program, he could gain experience, insight, and many new friends from various countries. While in Bali, his transportation and accommodation expenses were covered by the government.
According to him, as a young generation, they should be more active in participating and expressing their aspirations in the realm of democracy. He also believes that people have an obligation to aspire and the state has the responsibility to accommodate this.
“As young people, we must be more active in declaring our voices because our country is a democratic Republic. As an FCS student, it is our duty to concentrate on the issues of democracy and inclusivity because the state has the responsibility to accommodate aspirations and we have the responsibility to express aspirations, so they can be sustainable,” he said, as quote by UB PR, Thursday (9/1/2020). He also advised the FCS UB students to be more active in participating in outside activities. “My suggestion is to increase external activities, because in addition to be able to learn many things, we will also find experiences that we cannot meet in the classroom.” (*/est)