"Hence, our academic community must be able to learn to read the future. We cannot (ignore it) like this and then do the same thing as yesterday. We will be the losers," Rismaharini stated during the virtual 5th International Da'wah Conference 2021 here on Thursday.
The minister highlighted the need for an in-depth analysis to address poverty issues. This analysis entailed various programs, including the Young Fighters Program.
The program was hosted in collaboration with the Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry and Religious Affairs Ministry to gather students in a bid to expedite the process to find a solution to social problems in the nation.
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Fifth semester students will be trained and given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through the program that focuses on social entrepreneurship.
"We train students to become entrepreneurs by analyzing their surroundings. We will guide them for one semester with 20 credits in collaboration with the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Education and Culture Ministry," she explained.
According to Rismaharini, the program was aimed at training students since an early age to interact directly with the community and to train them on survival in any condition.
During the current pandemic, where a degradation or decline has occurred in several areas, including the economy, students were trained to analyze how to rise from adversity, she explained.
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Under the program, students take up the role of agents of social change through problem mapping, identification of alternative solutions, formulation of best solutions, resource and target planning, control of community members' roles, implementation, reporting, and impact measurement.
Students will be given funds for transportation and operations. They will also have the opportunity to create projects and issue funding for meetings.
Registration for the Young Fighters Program is open on September 18-30, 2021. Information about the program is available at https://pejuangmuda.kemensos.go.id/.
"I believe this is very interesting. Our initial quota was for 5,140 students, though currently, 1,580 students have registered, and there are still eight days left," she added.
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