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State ideology agency to promote Pancasila among youth through YouTube, TikTok

Jakarta Post - February 19, 2020

Jakarta – As per President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's instructions, the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) is planning to promote values of the state ideology, Pancasila, through video platforms popular among the nation's youth, such as YouTube and TikTok.

"What I mean by digital platforms are today's popular platforms, such as YouTube and blogs. We will use these digital means, including TikTok and all that," BPIP head Yudian Wahyudi said during a meeting with the House of Representatives on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Yudian said the BPIP's goal to collaborate with such platforms was to appeal to the younger generations.

"So when the youngsters access [the digital platforms], they will see people introducing Pancasila values while doing activities like playing soccer or singing a song. Maybe there will also be religious films they can feel connected to," he said.

Besides using digital content, Yudian said the BPIP would also introduce Pancasila through relatable events, such as sports competitions involving those whom they idolized.

"Through sports, we aim to introduce the values of unity, cooperation and support via objective learning without some kind of indoctrination pressure. They will eventually understand that these values reflect Pancasila," Yudian said, adding that the same concept would also apply to different fields including music, film and cuisine.

Previously, the BPIP said it had cooperated with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to illuminate Pancasila in society through short- and long-term projects.

"Roughly speaking, the cooperation will include, one, a long-term educational project and, two, short-term campaigns to promote Pancasila," Yudian said on Monday.

He also said the millennial generation would be the main target in the campaign.

BPIP expert staff member Father Antonius Benny Susetyo said the agency decided to cooperate with the KPK because it believed the commission held true to an important Pancasila value, honesty.

KPK deputy for graft prevention Pahala Nainggolan said although anticorruption values were already taught at schools and universities, the commission was ready to support the BPIP's educational endeavor.

"The KPK has set its insertion strategy in which, later, together with the BPIP, we will formulate what kind of courses or subjects can include the lessons and can clearly reflect the values of Pancasila," Pahala said. (syk)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/18/state-ideology-agency-to-promote-pancasila-among-youth-through-youtube-tiktok.html