In the picture Back row from left to right: Din Wahid, Roy, Frits, Cor. Front row from left to right: Ninke, Tiurtan, Rahman, Angelique, Steven.
By Roy Lie Atjam.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague, organized Bahasa Indonesia classes as an opportunity for non-native speakers to learn more about the language . It provided a fine opportunity for the students to get their feet wet and further immerse themselves in the Indonesian language and culture
There are about 4-5 educational centers in the Netherlands where the embassy offers similar courses to interested persons. The principal aim of conducting these language courses is to promote Indonesian language, culture, traditions and the arts. There are ten short term elementary lessons programs in Bahasa Indonesia that are conducted. The first batch of students attended classes from1st August 2020 – 3rd October 2020. The venue was SIDH=Sekolah Indonesia Den Haag-Wassenaar. The lecturer was native speaker Pak Rahman Syaifoel.
During the concluding session on October 3, Bapak Din Wahid, Education Attaché commended the students for their dedication.
As part of the program, the students were required to write and present a short biography in Bahasa Indonesia. The program offered far more than just an opportunity to learn the language, they were afforded the opportunity to understand little more about the people as well as the culture.
As an added treat, Bapak Din Wahid invited two students to participate in a webinar featuring the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture H.E. Mr. Nadiem A. Makarim, on Tuesday 6th October 2020.
The Embassy envisages other follow up courses and the alumni are pleased with the prospect of becoming proficient in the Indonesian language as well as to become much more familiar with the culture. Tasty Indonesian snacks were served at the conclusion of the basic Bahasa Indonesian course.