“Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.”
― Hélder Câmara, Spiral Of Violence
Every day is a chance to do a new thing. Since the previous October, SMAK 1 PENABUR Jakarta has added a new program, which is called “Multicultural Ambassador”. Multicultural Ambassador, or MA for short, is a brand new community focusing on the multiculturalism in Southeast Asia and South Korea. This community is supported by SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) and APCEIU Korea (Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding).
MA provides fun-learning activities to build up nationalism in each of ourselves, and will help the young generations to defend the countries from the globalization effect by having multicultural understanding. Many of the traditions have faded away, so we should not let more of them be forgotten! In every Ambassador meeting, we will be discussing traditional cultures in each Southeast Asian countries and also Korea. There are also many things to be learned from the official Multicultural book “Cultural Understanding through Paintings of Southeast Asia and Korea” given by SEAMEO and APCEIU. The fun part is, we have many group activities, presentations, and a special board game which is produced by APCEIU-SEAMEO.
At the time when this Multicultural Ambassador was formed, SMAK 1 PENABUR Jakarta and Yonghwa Girls’ High School Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 13 October 2015 for mutual cooperation of both schools in education and cultural exchange program. This sister school relationship have begun as the outcome of the International Teacher Exchange Program that was held by UNESCO APCEIU Korea in cooperation with Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. SMAK 1 PENABUR’s teacher, Rahayu Dwi Astuti, or what we used to call Ibu Ayu, was the chosen one to do this exchange. On that advantage, this community has been able to have another program, (and it’s probably our favorite activity) “The Buddy Project”! 54 Ambassadors are paired with 54 students in Yonghwa Girls’ High School Korea. Each week we are given a specific topic regarding our different cultures and also world problems, such as global warming and renewable energy. Then, we will discuss those topics with our “buddy” in Korea through e-mail, Google Hangout, or even instant massage like kakao talk!
As the Ambassadors, we are encouraged to promote these cultures to our friends, teachers, and other people who are yet to realize the importance of multiculturalism. If you were to visit SMAK 1, don’t forget to drop by at our MA Zone in the 2nd floor! The ambassadors will be there during break time to play the board game, and if not, you could look at our wall magazines and read about interesting cultures from the countries. Let’s witness the beautiful traditions in Southeast Asia and Korea and protect them!