NAME: Rosmara Dewi
OCCUPATION: Education team leader and organic-farming supervisor
How do you think the country is doing now?
The government has a good plan but it needs to put it into action.
Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
Mostly yes, but it should invest more money for better education and health in rural areas.
If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Education, health and I would switch to organic farming.
What do you think about Bali’s government?
It has a good plan and they’re also taking action. From what I’ve read in the newspapers, Bali’s Governor I Made Mangku Pastika was surprised when he found out the illiteracy rate in Bali. Before, the Department of Education said there was no illiteracy in Bali; they were just covering up the reality.
Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
Yes. It’s dangerous for people.
Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands, many religions, dozens of ethnic groups and hundred of dialects. Therefore, is it reasonable to expect “Unity in Diversity,” as the founding fathers declared?
Of course, yes.
What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
There are different characteristics among different ethnicities across Indonesia. For example: in Java, people are polite; and in Bali, people are friendly.
What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The celebration of National Education Day on May 2 is very important as education is essential for a better life.
BT/PCARFiled under: Vox Populi