President’s Special Staffer Encourages Students to Engage with Community
In the series of the visit to Southeast Sulawesi, Presidential Special Staffer Billy Mambrasar on Wednesday (4/11) met with Papuan students and part of Papuan student’s community in Kendari.
On that occasion, he encouraged the students joining a community called ‘Mambruk Papua’ (Papuan Crowned Pigeon) to more engage in the organization or with the community and leave a legacy for their junior.
“Being a leader doesn’t last long, thus a leader is obliged to prepare something for the successor,” Billy said adding that he is preparing Papuan youth to follow his step as Presidential Special Staffer. He always gives the utmost so that the President will choose another Papuan to work under him.
‘Mambruk Papua’ is a community aiming at preparing Papuan senior students to have entrepreneurial skills. Thus, when the students return to Papua, they will not only broaden their knowledge but also have special skills that can be shared to the community.
Billy also shared his experience and hardship when he was a college student. At that time, he must work while studying, he also struggled academically in the first semester, and was bullied by his peer.
“However, I never give up and keep focus on my study. My experience can motivate you that no matter what struggle you come across, never give up, move along, and face it,” he said adding that his hard work was paid when he received scholarship from the Government and became the first Papuan who received postgraduate scholarship at Harvard University.
After that meeting, he went to meet Papuan students and lecturers in Halu Oleo University, Kendari. He extended his appreciation to the Rector of Halu Oleo University Muhammad Zamrun for providing coaching and mentoring for Papuan students and hoped the University and provincial government to join hands in supporting the students since developing Papuan people is a part of developing Indonesia.
The Rector also told that the university, in collaboration with the Papuan Students Association (Himapa), has been mentoring 150 students from affirmation program and three medical interns (from faculty of medicine). He appreciated Papuan students for their good attitude and affirmed his commitment to look after Papuan students.
Also on that occasion, Billy said that he had cooperated with ministries and institutions in developing several training programs for Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises in order to boost entrepreneurship of the youth and encourage them to do business.
“We encourage the youth to become entrepreneurs so that after graduating, they can bring prosperity and reduce poverty in Papua and West Papua Provinces,” he said. (SLN/UN)
Translated by: Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana