International Summer School: The First Gathering of Indonesian Participants at CRCS

After a series of through selection, the committee of the International Summer School on Human Development and Human Right has chosen 6 applicants from Indonesia to participate this year on the subject of Pluralism and Development. This International Summer School will be held in Yogyakarta, by the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) UGM, on July 13, 2009 to August 7, 2009.

The chosen participants are Ayuandini Sherria Puteri (Program Director of the Association for Critical Thinking), Dalil Saherman (staff at the National Commission on Violence against Women), Siti Habibah Jazila (staff at IHAP Institute for Women’s Right), Pusvyta Sari (staff at the Foundation for Islamic and Social Studies), Ivana Prazic (PhD student, ICRS Yogyakarta), and Jimmy Marcos Immanuel (MA Student, CRCS UGM).

The other participants are coming from the Netherland, India, and Uganda. This event has been holding by The Kosmopolis Institute of the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherland, in cooperation with Hivos and its partner for Pluralism Knowledge Program in India, Indonesia and Uganda.

On Friday morning, 17 April 2009, all of the Indonesian participants had held a meeting at CRCS Meeting Room. The meeting was led by Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir, the Indonesia Regional Coordinator of this International Summer School concurrently the Executive Director of CRCS. The aim of the meeting purposely was to endow the participants with updated issues with regard to pluralism, human development, and human right by getting acquainted with each other.

At the end of the meeting, Siti Habibah, one of the participants, asserted that, “Gathering, discussing and learning together with others from different areas and cultural backgrounds would contribute the strategies I have been constructing to promote pluralism in multicultural societies.” (Gie)

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