It is not only a slogan, but also a message of life that we must implement.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has said that it is important to learn from history when creating a strategy for realizing an advanced Indonesia in the future.

History is crucial for Indonesian people, hence they should not leave it behind, as the first President of Indonesia Soekarno said "Never leave history (which is popularly abbreviated in Indonesian as Jas merah)", he added.

"It is not only a slogan, but also a message of life that we must implement," he remarked at the virtual opening of the XI National Conference on History here on Monday.

The conference entitled ‘Global Interconnection and Cooperation in Historical Perspective’ is being held from November 8–11, 2021.

History must be passed on to the younger generations since they are the ones who will continue to develop Indonesia in the future, Makarim said.

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Thus, he said he hoped that the conference would help formulate a historical education strategy, which is in accordance with the current times and methods of historical knowledge development.

"Let's make this conference our joint milestone to realize an advanced Indonesia with the help of history and to implement the Freedom of Learning," he remarked.

Director of cultural development and utilization at the ministry's Directorate General of Culture, Restu Gunawan, said that the five-yearly conference aimed at assessing the development of historical research and writing over the years.

Gunawan, who is also the chairperson of the conference's organizers, expressed the hope that the conference could provide a perspective on studying history.

Furthermore, history can contribute to the advancement of Indonesian people’s culture and development, which is required by Indonesia to become a developed country, he added.

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Translator: Martha Simanjuntak, Uyu Liman
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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