The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs collaborated with the local chapter of education-focused community Komunitas Jendela to present a children's festival in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Sunday (30/10). (Photo courtesy of Komunitas Jendela)

Kids Taught Virtues of 'Mental Revolution' During Festival

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

OCTOBER 31, 2016

Jakarta. The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs collaborated with the local chapter of education-focused community Komunitas Jendela to present a children's festival in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Sunday (30/10).

The festival program consisted of educational activities aimed at instilling the principles of the government's so-called Mental Revolution in children. The activities included traditional games, a coloring competition, fashion show, puzzle-building competition, story time, kite-making workshop, batik-making workshop, photo exhibition and trash recycling.

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 participated in the festival, which opened with a marching performance by "young policemen" trained by automaker Daihatsu.

The performance was followed by a talk show on the Mental Revolution, with Haswan Yunaz, the ministry's deputy coordinator for cultural affairs, Taufan from Komunitas Jendela, and Umam from Kompas, acting as speakers.

Haswan introduced the concept of a mental revolution to the children.

"People who participate in the Mental Revolution have integrity. They are reliable, honest, respectful and well-liked by their friends. They also have good work ethics. This means they are motivated to learn and do not easily give up. Lastly, they can help each other and cooperate for the common good," Haswan said.

He also asked what the children aspire to for the future.

"Who wants to be a leader? President? Minister? Engineer? Doctor? Entrepreneur?" Haswan said amid enthusiastic responses.

He continued by reminding the children to dream big and to work hard towards achieving that. He said the point of the Mental Revolution is for individuals to make changes within themselves.

"We must be agents of change. We must change ourselves from being passive to becoming active; from complaining to coming up with solutions," Haswan said. He emphasized the importance of a change in mentality and character for a better life.

Meanwhile, Taufan from Komunitas Jendela recommended reading as the first step in the Mental Revolution.

"By reading books, we will become knowledgeable. Without knowledge, we cannot change ourselves, our families, and even our nation to become better. We have to do whatever is good for the community," he said.

On the other hand, Umam started his talk with a rock-paper-scissors game and singalong of the traditional song "Ampar-ampar Pisang."

"Rock-paper-scissors and 'Ampar-ampar Pisang' speak about the emotional connection with God and our parents. There must be good communication between us and God; also between us and our parents. Parents have an important role in children's mental development. Even though at your age, your time is filled with playtime, you must use it well to gain skills and shape good characters," Umam said.

The speakers expressed hope that the children would grow into agents of the Mental Revolution for a better Indonesia.

During the festival, the children were also encouraged to act in accordance with what the Mental Revolution requires of them, such as keeping the environment clean and helping people cross the street.

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