This session will bring participants to discuss how traditional values should be adapted on an urban level, and resolving issues related to development in their hometown
Unity in Diversity – Bhinneka Tunggal Ika
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) has been the official national mottocof Indonesia since after the independence, and in the age of urbanization, it is crucial to get the youth of today to engage in developing an inclusive society while keeping the traditional culture and values alive.
As more and more regions urbanize into new cities, people from the rural areas are moving into the cities to seek better economic opportunities. These new urban citizens become culturally assimilated and lose their heritage, creating a homogenous society devoid of diversity. Instead, the culturally diverse population should bring about their local wisdom and incorporate it into the spirit of the city.
Moreover, transfer of knowledge is crucial to help the non-urban areas develop into a more sustainable economy. Migrating youth who have been getting a higher quality of education in bigger cities are the ones who are most likely to introduce a new perspective back to their hometown. This session will bring participants to discuss how traditional values should be adapted on an urban level, and resolving issues related to development in their hometown, especially those originally coming from rural hometowns and studied in the cities.
HABITAT III Tags:
- Social Cohesion & Equity
- Urban Frameworks