State distance learning plan fails to account for poor, disconnected

Imagine you are a young person in Indonesia and are striving to do something productive – useful for yourself but also something meaningful for society.

You look for opportunities around you and the first thing you do is to type the word “volunteering” into an internet search engine. Surprisingly, you will find that many volunteer opportunities available are for foreign students and young travelers who, before the pandemic, would flock to the country to immerse themselves in a new culture and learn new customs.

For those young people, Indonesia has offered a great opportunity to open their minds, learn new skills and partner with local communities. For them, international volunteering experience provided a chance to grow, hone soft skills and develop leadership qualities.

If such opportunities are available to foreign young people, why not to locals? Certainly there are several not-for-profit organizations offering volunteer opportunities for Indonesian citizens, including the scouts and some programs affiliated with religious organizations, but why not have something bigger, bolder and easily available to all young people?

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