Indonesian Youths Play Central Role as Leader of Change: President Jokowi

President Joko Widodo (Photo by: BPMI)

Age is not a limitation to stay young, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

“The youths must continue to enrich themselves with the latest and newest. The older generation must continue to rejuvenate themselves, adopting new ways of thinking and working,” President Jokowi said in his remarks at the commemoration of the 93rd Youth Pledge Day, Thursday (28/10), as quoted from Cabinet Secretariat YouTube channel.

The President further said that youths play a central role to be leaders of change in today’s digital age. The youths are the biggest strength of the demographic bonus of the Indonesian people who have the courage to take risks and seize opportunities and are innovative, he added.

The achievements of Indonesian youths—such as local start-ups become global players, works of art and sports feat that level the world achievements—are evidence of the strength of youths.

President Jokowi stated that it is time for the youths to become leaders to win the competition in the age of disruption. “Leaders who want to continue to learn from anyone, about anything, and more importantly leaders who are ready to contribute to the progress of Indonesia,” he added.

In addition, the President also understands that not all youths have the same opportunity to enjoy higher education, understand a world full of disruption and its dynamic, as well as understand the latest developments in science and technology.

To that end, he invites all youths to share their information, knowledge, and skills so that all youths can contribute more to humanity and the progress of the nation.

“That is the essence of leadership. Leadership is helping those who cannot become able and helping those who are able to become even more capable,” the President remarked. (BPMI/TGH/UN) (GWH/MUR)

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