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As one of the countries supporting democracy in South East Asia, The Republic of Indonesia has indeed a lot of resources that other developed countries would need. Regarding the world trade,
Several factors may contribute to the incapability of the Indonesian government to pursue similar progresses in developing the country, as what other countries would do. However, I would mostly like to point out that the primary cause of the poor development is due to the serious cases of corruption that have happened for ages, and have caused some deficits in the Revised National Budget. Additionally, corruption has become the most common thing that Indonesian people do, from those who work in formal institutions (e.g. from government elite to staffs), as well as those who have jobs in other fields (e.g. businessman). The statement was supported by Transparency International (TI) by conducting a survey regarding the measure of corruption level from September-December 2008. In particular, many businessmen in
Therefore, due to the severe actions of corruptions, there are a lot of negative consequences do occur. The most serious problem is that there has been a significant increase in the number of poverty in the last five years. This terrible situation has further failed this government responsibilities stated in the 1945 Constitution of Indonesian Republic to be appropriately executed. Unfortunately, the crisis does not only occur in some under-developed provinces in
Given the terrible facts about the problems that Indonesian citizens experience, are there any contributions from young generations to help the country achieve better condition?. Indeed, participations from young people have had play significant roles in many national events that support
Furthermore, pessimistic views about young generations can never be changed or become worse if we, as one of the young people, do not create the changes. Now, it is the time for young generations to show up in the front line in supporting the development of
Moreover, many young people are working in one of those independent learning centers as volunteers. Thoits and Hewiit (2001) defines volunteering as an activity in which someone can give his or her time and skills possessed in performing some tasks or works without expecting any direct financial benefits. Additionally, Volunteering Australia Inc, also states that volunteering means activities that are not performed for profitable organizations or projects. Instead, volunteering includes activities that give benefits to society and the volunteers, and those activities are performed without being forced to do so by others, as well as without any financial compensation. To give a clear explanation about volunteering, I conducted an interview to one of the teenage volunteers in 2008, investigating the reasons to volunteer. She then explained that by volunteering, she was able to practice the way she taught, because she planned to be a kindergarten teacher in the future. She also mentioned that volunteering has given her the ultimate happiness in her life; because by sharing knowledge to others, she could help a lot of poor children achieve their bright future. This could be an interesting point because despite the more patterns of hedonistic behaviors in teenager that has occurred these days, there are still teenagers doing good social activities aiming to help others. Therefore, by doing concrete actions presented above, it is promising to say that all teenagers could give tangible contributions to their country if they have strong wills to do that. One of the most plausible strategies is to show our belongingness to society, or in this case, our citizenship. This may be done by being an active member who always supports any good progresses that happen in his or her own society. As cited in http://josephsoninstitute.org/MED/MED-2sixpillars.html, it is stated that the dimensions of citizenship include sharing with others, wanting to cooperate, encouraging a better school and environment, participating in most community events, as well as physically and socially ensuring the security of one’s own surroundings. Therefore, being a volunteer in an independent learning center has clearly shown that someone or teenager who does it, has already had high sense of citizenship. If a teenager has made contributions to the country, it means that he has had his own future vision and mission about what he expects the society to become in the future. That is to say that he already has got his own strategies to voice and act his opinion without directly seeing the government elite or staff. Regarding this case, we could learn much from the current President of United Stated of America, President Barrack Obama. He could amazingly convince most American people and especially to the world, that he has the greatest vision and mission about how he would view
Thoits, Peggy A., & Hewitt, Lyndi N. (2001). Volunteer Work and Well-Being. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 42, 115-131.
Volunteering Australia Inc. (2005). Definitions and Principles of Volunteering. Australia