Prof. Dr. Peter Pscheid: ‘Educational system needs a change’

The abundant natural resources at Indonesia's disposal need better qualified human resources to ensure maximized utilization for the benefit of the nation and its people as a whole. Unfortunately, the rigidity of Indonesia's education system, its infamous rote learning system, has helped little in developing the future generations. Indonesian school-aged children need a proper education and the government should promote the importance of education. It is the right time for Indonesia to … [Read more...]

Ali Alatas: ‘Indonesia never tolerates nuclear weapon’

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), namely its six major powers -- the United States, France, Germany, China and Russia – and Indonesia recently voted to impose tougher sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment program. The sanctions include banning Iranian arm exports and freezing the assets of both individuals and organizations involved in Iran’s nuclear program. However, Indonesia's support of the new sanctions has sparked much controversy back at home, both in the House of … [Read more...]

Tamrin Amal Tomagola: ‘Conflict is needed in our everyday’s life’

Conflict is a natural disagreement resulting from individuals or groups that differ in attitudes, beliefs, values or needs. It can also originate from past rivalries and personality differences. Generally, conflict has a negative connotation, particularly when relating to the unrest condition in conflict areas like Poso. Tamrin Amal Tomagola, a sociologist who have engaged in many social researches, believes that conflict is a part of everyday's life needs. Having a long meeting with The … [Read more...]

Seto Mulyadi: ‘Children deserve play, not exploitation’

Seto Mulyadi, a psychologist focusing on children development, has consistently stood up for children rights, and now his long-term struggle to end child abuse in Indonesia has drawn public attention. Nominated by UNICEF, Mulyadi was elected to lead the National Commission on Child Protection (Komnas Anak) in October 1998. He was re-elected in 2001, and has been the head of the commission ever since. When interviewed by The Point, Mulyadi, or Kak Seto as colleagues affectionately call … [Read more...]