Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Youth20 (Y20), under Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, engaged young people in the creative economy sector during a talk show at 4e pre-summit, which concluded in Manokwari, West Papua, Sunday, June 19, 2022.
During the talk show, it was revealed that many young people are currently employed in the creative economy sector and some are involved in creative social enterprises.
According to Camelia Harahap, Head of Arts and Creative Industries at the British Council Indonesia, creative social enterprises contribute to inclusion by providing good work for all.
“Social creation activities create more jobs for youth, women and people with disabilities than other sectors. Many youth-led social creation efforts in Indonesia tend to focus on achieving the SDGs, especially the 8th SDG, which is to provide decent jobs,” Camelia said on the talk show, according to a Y20 press release received on Monday.
Meanwhile, according to Dissa Ahdanisa, the founder of Fingertalk, there are 11 million people living with disabilities in Indonesia. About 1.5 million disadvantaged young people have limited access to formal education and employment opportunities.
This prompted Dissa to work at Fingertalk, a cafe that employs deaf people. At the cafe, customers order food and drinks using sign language.
Another speaker, creative director at Narasi TV, Jovial da Lopez, shared his experience as a content creator, a profession currently favored by young people.
Through the SkinnyIndonesian24 channel, Jovial and his brother, Andovi, have created a lot of content to introduce Indonesian culture to a global audience. Jovial said he had lived in several countries because his mother was a diplomat.
“If you’re a content creator, do something that resonates with you. I’ve been exposed to promoting Indonesia everywhere I go since I was a kid. That spirit seems to persist since we started this channel YouTube, but we’re working on modernizing that,” Jovial explained.
In addition, Pichit Virankabutra, Deputy Director of Thailand’s Creative Economy Agency, noted that the development of the creative economy includes three pillars: creative talents, creative enterprises and creative fields.
Thailand has innovative business services linked to educational institutions to develop creative talents.
“As a result, it will directly connect students studying design with resources, capacity-building programs, and more,” Pichit explained.
The 4th Y20 Pre-Summit resulted in the release of the Manokwari Message, a document containing a moral message regarding youth diversity and inclusion.
A total of 24 moral messages are listed in the Manokwari message. The points were grouped into five sub-themes, namely inclusive education, creative economy, culture and tolerance, youth leadership and community engagement, and technology and digital access.
In inclusive education, for example, the Manokwari Message promotes equity in the education system for all. According to the document, it is also essential to ensure adequate infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities and those living in deprived areas.
At the same time, when it comes to the creative economy, government, the private sector and local communities (indigenous peoples) must also work together to support youth enterprises, especially small and medium enterprises.
The Manokwari message emphasizes the implementation of noble values and youth activities related to cultural preservation.
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Through the Manokwari message, the Y20 promotes youth outreach to increase the importance of political participation and literacy, as well as ensuring equal opportunities to develop the leadership potential of vulnerable groups through capacity building in formal and informal institutions.
The Manokwari document also calls for the establishment of voluntary peer-to-peer instruction for basic digital literacy that is easily and inexpensively accessible.
The Y20 is a forum for future young leaders from all G20 member countries to discuss, argue and exchange ideas to reach a common agreement on the agenda of the G20 Presidency.
The outcome of the Y20 Summit is the Y20 Communiqué. Since the first Y20 conference was held in 2010, the organizers have changed each year depending on where the G20 Presidency is taking place.
Under the theme “From Recovery to Resilience: Rebuilding the Youth Agenda Beyond COVID-19”, this year’s Y20 Summit will be held in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia in July 2022.
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