Jakarta. State-owned gas company Perusahaan Gas Negera, or PGN, will send 23 high school students from Riau to participate in an exchange program, "Students Getting to Know the Archipelago," in Maluku on Aug. 16-21.
The exchange is part of the "State Enterprises Present for the Country" program initiated by the Ministry of State Enterprises.
"Through this activity PGN wanted the youth to increase their tolerance and appreciate the cultural diversity of Indonesia. Because it is only through the spirit of 'unity in diversity' that these students can unite and create a better Indonesia in the future," PGN company secretary Rachmat Hutamasaid on Wednesday (01/08).
Rachmat said that the Riau Education Office has helped greatly in organizing the exchange program, especially by conducting the selection process.
"The selection process started on July 27 at the Furaya Hotel in Pekanbaru, Riau. Students from high schools, technical schools and special needs schools participated in it. We chose students with the highest scores to be sent to Maluku," he said.
The exchange will last one school week and the students will be accompanied by three teachers selected by the education office, with expenses covered by PGN.
Rachmat added that the company cares greatly about education and regularly provides scholarships for students and athletes.
Since 2016, PGN's employees have been participating in the "PGN Teaches" program at schools and universities across the country, in which the company's regional marketing managers and directors are required to teach about the energy industry.