THE Government of Indonesia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides scholarships to young people throughout the world who wish or are interested in learning the art and culture of Indonesia.
Scholarship titled Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) is periodically carried out every year since 2006 to provide scholarships to the world community who voluntarily interested in learning Indonesian Arts and Culture.
Papua New Guinean communities have the opportunity to participate in IACS, where each year PNG is awarded two scholarships.
In 2014 participants signed up via the embassy in Port Moresby and another accepted by the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo.
Gibson Tate, who is an employee of the National Museum located in Port Moresby, was selected for the programme and another accepted by the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo.
Below is the testimony of Tate after returning from following the IACS 2014, which concerned very impressed with the people of Indonesia and Indonesian art and culture.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the great opportunity given me to study Indonesian Arts and Culture. I thank the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby, for selecting me and sorting out my flight itinerary,” Tate said.
“I thank the volunteers who made my training and stay in Indonesia a success. I thank the founder of the Parata Gowa Art Space and the family for providing food, instruments and teachers were present for classes every day to teach us music, dance and the language Bahasa Indonesia.
“Finally, I would like to thank and pass my support for the programme.
“The scholarship has significantly given me more new ideas on how we could help manage and protect arts and culture here in PNG.
“I am very thankful for Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship for the new experience gained. I am really happy for being one of the participants for this year.
“It’s like a dream come true.”
and I experienced many new things, learned new ideas, skills and knowledge about how we could manage to protect and promote our past knowledge of human kind.
“During my stay in Indonesia, especially in Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi, I realised that everyone was friendly even though they do not know me but I liked the way people appreciated me and I knew that all Indonesians were good people with the same attitude and behaviour all across Indonesia.
“It was so fascinating and all participants really enjoyed learning Indonesian Arts and Culture in such public programmes.
“The Indonesian Foreign Affairs provide transport for the duration of three months to visit destination areas like graves, zoos, old temples, historical sites and museum textile. Through such educational programmes, the Indonesian Government is bringing the students, tourists, general public, and visitors together to learn and directly interact with cultural and natural objects to promote their arts and culture.
“The art centre is playing an important rule teaching new ideas, skills, knowledge and experiences acquired from this short-term training can be utilised to modify and develop similar programmes to improve our standard of culture and works of art at the National Museum and other sister institutions.
“I was challenged if we could prepare such programmes in PNG and set up art space in every province and train communities, public and visitors to promote our art and culture.” (the Education attaché of Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby, D.W. Widjajanto).
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