Some time ago, Indonesian students earned international awards in science competitions and we felt so proud. Unfortunately the achievements of these students is not a good indicator of the quality of Indonesian students in general, or even of Indonesian education as a whole. In many cases the potential of children stops in early childhood. Their talents have no opportunity to ripen, instead they decay and die. Our educational system, patterns and styles of education and infrastructure have not succeeded in developing and optimizing the talents and potentials of these young ones.
|Compared with other countries we are in great need of improving the consumption of animal protein found in eggs, milk, meat and fish – these are vtal for physical and intellectual growth. Thse improvements are connected to the economic capacity of people. Consequently, an improvement in nutrition also leads to an improvement in the quality of human resources and these are connected to efforts to improve people’s welfare. There is no improvement in the quality of human resources without an improvement in people’s nutrition.
Praise God that we were able to intervene to improve the health of the people of Yahukimo in Papua, tackle children’s malnutrition and starvation in West Sumba (NTT), and educate small groups of children through kindergartens, elementary schools, middle and high schools in the villages of Indonesia. All these help develop the nation for the sake of balancing ‘development era’.
There is no denying that the dignity or values of a nation are measured in its’ people welfare, civilization and faith. Therefore, the increase in living standards and the quality of life for Indonesia must be taken seriously not only by the government but also by the church, by us, by every family, and by everyone.
In developing the Indonesian people holistically, are you ready?