The passion of young Indonesians in the midst of the rise of political issues and other domestic issues that tend to make the name of Indonesia tarnished in the eyes of the International, it still saves the hope to make Indonesia’s name rejuvenated by the world. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, may be the historic day for the 10 youngest winners of the “Our Ocean” Short Story Writing Competition organized by the EU Delegation for Indonesia and they have received prizes in the award ceremony taking place in Jakarta. The 10 winners are Gabriela Utomo, Putu Ambalita Arsana, Alexa Sudarto, Liliana, Indiana Salsabila, Shera Rinaldy, Devina Heriyanto, Fairuza Razak, Retno Windradini, and Mustika Kusuma. The event was attended by the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Mrs. Susi Pudjiastuti, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia Mr. Vincent Guérend and Ambassadors of EU Member States.
The EU has a high commitment with Indonesia to protect the oceans and keep them clean, well managed and sustainable. “The policy and strategy of the EU leads to achieving a balance between economic growth, global security and good marine governance,” said EU Ambassador Vincent Guérend.
Furthermore, Vincent Guérend said that, through the opportunity of this contest, the EU Delegation wanted to raise awareness of a shared responsibility to conserve the oceans through young Indonesian writers. The EU delegation is very satisfied with the number of writings that come in, even the stories of 12-year-old writers that show the high enthusiasm and concern of Indonesian youth to the oceans and issues related to the oceans. ” I was impressed with the story written by young and talented writers. By using the familiar city and island background, fantasy stories and time-traveling stories, we are inspired to participate in conserving the ocean, “Ambassador Guérend said.
The short story writing competition was jointly launched by the Coordinating Minister for the Ministry of Marine Affairs, Luhut B Pandjaitan. with EU Transportation Commissioner Violeta Bulć, on the sidelines of her visit to Indonesia on September 29, 2017. The competition aims to continue efforts to raise awareness of our “Ocean Oceans” global conference organized by the EU in Malta in 2017 and to be hosted by host Indonesia in Bali on 28-29 October 2018.
The short story writing contest is open to Indonesian citizens under the age of 26 who are able to present writing in one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. As the race closes, the EU Delegation has received over 250 stories in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch. Of 207 stories that meet the criteria of the race, nine stories in English and one story in French selected. The winners were announced in December 2017 where all of them are women with an average age of 19 years.