Monthly Archives: July 2008

Youth Speaks No. 2


Inclusive Education for Youths towards Nation’s Development
through Community Empowerment

Young people – students – have a very integral part in the nation development through education particularly in the university level. Their contribution should be seriously taken into account, by giving them opportunity to say their positive and constructive thoughts and getting them involved in, possibly, all aspects of development towards sustainable community.

Their roles are imperative through social inclusion. Knowledge, information and experiences through formal education in classes should be widely and well applied and transferred to the society in order to support them to develop; this is called human resources mobilization, which can swift development. It all starts from the smallest group in the community – youths – that has the same vision. Sustainable development could only run if the opportunity is passed on from a generation to another, to keep its sustainability.

Thus, young people, the generation of the present, should get serious consideration and take part in a national multidimensional development. The fruitful results of development won’t be there by itself; there should be young people with high commitment, dedication and integrity who will make progress and they will be us.

What we can read between the lines is that youths – students – should be included in social and national development, and chances should be passed on to the next youth-generation to take action to continue development. In President University, students are compulsory to take community development to help the society around the campus to improve their personal and practical skills useful for their daily life concerning the nation development; in another word, the students are included in both social and national development by transferring and sharing their knowledge and experiences to the people around them.

This article is written by Mohammad Reiza, Indonesian Youth Delegate to the 5th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, France, and the President of the 1st UNESCO Asian Youth Forum in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Mohammad Reiza
President University, Public Relations
Youth Delegate to UNESCO Youth Forum

Youth Speaks No. 1


The Roles of Young People in the Nation’s Development
Through University Education

Education is so multifaceted that it is difficult where to begin discussing it. In its broadest sense, education is a lifelong process which enables the continuous development of a person’s capabilities as an individual and as a member of society. It is more than just a transmission of knowledge. The purpose of education is to contribute to the full development of an autonomous, supportive, responsible and committed person.

There are quite number of challenges recently to achieve the sustainable development for every nation. Poor education, poverty, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), population explosion, consumption habits, political instability, degradation of ethics and values are some examples of it. Several years back United Nations (UN) came up with the new agenda called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be reached by every country in 2015. MDGs consist of 8 points and education is in the second after poverty. It shows how important education is for nation’s development after poverty problems. Poverty can be eradicated by having such a good education system as education has direct relationship with a human being as the main and valuable asset for nation.

We, in this case the government, should have the clear and targeted goals on education. We may take a look at India for instance on how they develop their country. Their government states that, by 2070, every single person in India will be on education.  They have all the action plans already, and youth are involved on the plan.

No other ways, government should invest in people, in this case youth, through education. Youth needs to be oriented on education policies of respective governments as they are the new generation that will rule the country one day.  All youth must benefit from an education system. Youth should receive must not only involve training in the skills necessary for gainful employment through the practice of a trade or profession, but also provide moral and spiritual enlightenment. Both kinds of education are essential. Thus, it is important to put university in the center of the process of the action and reflection which has to be done so that the youths are not dropped to the edge of their own future but constitute, in the very beginning, as principal actors and critics of their own destiny and the coming societies, that must be developed on the base of solidarity and democracy.

To conclude, the nation’s development will depend on various sectors which are quite interrelated, and youth will be a main player that play significant role with the education as a power. Education is not something that will be finished in one year, and certainly it is not just beginning in 2008. Hopefully this year will provide the opportunity to engage in some deeper thinking about what is needed by education, what is its role in building nation’s development, and how can we and our organizations create the conditions for strong nation through university education.

Muhammad Assad (Indonesian student)
University of Technology Petronas
President of International Student Council

An Opening Letter


Dear all readers,

Below is an email that I wrote to some friends few days ago. It is about the celebration of the International Youth Day that will be on 12 August to come, which is on a Tuesday. So starting from today, I would like to publish the essay submitted on and here on my personal weblog

All of may also write an essay and submit it to me and I will publish it on my weblog; dont forge to also atach your recent Cv and photograph.





Dear Leo, Assad, Ira, Jasmine and Aliya,



First, I wish that everyone of you is in a good condition and I would like to thank you all for your continuous supports to youth activities, especially those related to UNESCO’s field of concerns, this far. Probably, some of you do not know some others I mention above, so first let me introduce you to each other:



Aliya Rajasa is a youth activist; she is currently promoting “Rumah Pintar” to university students throughout Indonesia and to collaborate with the students and young people. She presents her paper to young people in Bahrain in June 2008 before participating in UNESCO’s International Seminar on Community Learning Centers in Bandung, Indonesia, also in June.


Ira Lathief is a youth activist; she is the President the Rotaract Club, Semanggi Chapter, Jakarta. She is also active in assisting KNIU and UNESCO Club Indonesia activities besides, she has published a book and created a documentary film. She will be taking part in the International Work Camp on Prambanan Excursion in cooperation with UNESCO in this coming August.


Jasmine Sagita is youth activist and active in assisting some of KNIU and UNESCO Club activities including “Karawitan Muda Indonesia 3” Concert in Jakarta last March. She also participated in the 2nd UNESCO Asian Youth Forum in South Korea and was appointed to be part of the drafting committee.


Leo Mokodompit is a youth activist, assisting some government programs, especially in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also active in helping Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU) and UNESCO Club Indonesia to implement some of the programs. He is also a singer of AFI 3 – Indosiar, he also participated in the 2nd UNESCO Asian Youth Forum in Gwangju, South Korea in June 2008.


Muhammad Assad is a student of the University of Technology Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in his final semester. He is also the President of the International Student Committee in his university. He participated in the International Youth Forum in Bandung, Indonesia in June 2008.



Through this email, I would like to bond this youth network in order to welcome the celebration of the International Youth Day on 12 August to come. Leo and I had discussed this issue with KNIU few weeks ago and we received positive response from the Commission. Thus, to begin the process, I would like to gather opinion from everyone of you in form of a short opinion essay.


For this purpose, I collaborate with President University to publish your edited-version essay in their official website, starting from Monday to Frida next week. I also plan to invite you to come to President University to deliver a presentation regarding your personal point of view on “The Roles of Young People in the Nations Development through University Education,” that will be held in one Saturday within a month (the options: 19, 26 July or 2,6, 13 August). The schedule should enable every one of you to come to the presentation (except for Assad who is currently residing in Kuala Lumpur, you may only collect your opinion essay).


Below is the general information for the essay submission:

1. Topic: “The Roles of Young People in the Nations Development through University Education”

2. Your essay should be around 250 – 300 words (in A4 paper size).

3. Please also attach one of your best picture during a youth activity that you just recently attended.

4. Please email your essay to me at at the latest on Friday, 18 July 2008 at 3 p.m.


I hope you all can help me to make this happen. This will be the beginning of our network for further collaboration and sustainable development for the sake of Indonesian young people.


I thank you very much for your supports and concerns for the success of this project. I will keep you all informed shall it be anymore projects in the future that we can work out together.


Best Regards,



Mohammad Reiza

Former President for

the 1st UNESCO Asian Youth Forum

A New Category Has Been Created: ‘Childhood’


Dear all readers,

Due to several numbers of comments and consideration, I created a new category in my weblog; in order to share my childhood experiences and life with all of you; which I thought pretty exciting and unforgettable, though I have forgotten some of the events but will try to collect all the remaining memories and will contact some old friends regarding this matter. I will write some more posts in this category. Please keep coming and checking out what is new here.

Thank you..


A Weekend Note


Dear all readers and visitors,

I have been away for quite a while, as I hato to catch up my undergraduate thesis writing that will due soon. Besides that, I am also assisting my university to update its official website: I have been writing there in ‘News & Events’ since 1st of July. You all can check it out daily from Monday to Friday.

Please, keep coming to this weblog, as I am also revising and re-constructing all of the posts, so that they will look better, more readable in all operating systems and more visitor-friendly.

Thank you for all your visits, comments and supports to this weblog. I wouldn’t have gone this far without all your constant and continuous visit.

I wish you all the best and good luck.