Manokwari, June 19, 2022 – On Sunday (19/6/2022), Youth 20 (Y20) concluded the 4th Pre-Summit in Manokwari, West Papua, with a talk show regarding youth and the creative economy sector.
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 British Council Indonesia, creative social enterprises contribute to inclusion by providing good work for all.
“Social-creative activities produce more jobs for young people, women, and persons with disabilities than other sectors.” Many social-creative efforts in Indonesia led by young people tend to focus on achieving the SDGs, particularly the 8th SDG, namely providing decent jobs,” Camelia boldly stated on the Y20 4th Pre-Summit talk show.
According to Dissa Ahdanisa, the founder of Fingertalk, there are 11 million people with disabilities in Indonesia. Around 1.5 million underprivileged youth have limited access to formal education and job opportunities. The lack of people with disabilities encourages Dissa to work at Fingertalk, a cafe that employs explicitly deaf people. In this cafe, customers order food and drinks in sign language.
Meanwhile, Narration Chief Creative Officer Jovial da Lopez shared his experience as a content creator, a profession now in great demand by young people. Through the SkinnyIndonesian24 channel, Jovial and his brother, Andovi, create a lot of content that introduces 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, make something that resonates for you.” I’ve been exposed to promoting Indonesia everywhere I go since I was a child. “This spirit seems to have lingered since we began this YouTube channel, but we’re working to modernize it,” Jovial explained.
Moreover, Pichit Virankabutra, Deputy Director of Thailand Creative Economy Agency, noted that the creative economy’s development comprises three pillars: creative talents, creative businesses, and creative areas. Thailand has innovative business services linked with educational institutions for developing creative talent.
“As a result, this will directly connect students studying design with resources, capacity-building programs, and more,” explains Pichit.
The 4th Y20 Pre-Summit resulted in 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. These points are approximated in five sub-themes, namely: 1) inclusive education; 2) creative economy; 3) culture and tolerance; 4) youth leadership and community engagement; 5) technology and digital access.
In inclusive education, for example, the Manokwari Message encourages equity in the education system for all. This document is also essential to ensure adequate infrastructure and facilities for persons with disabilities and those in disadvantaged areas. Meanwhile, regarding the creative economy, the government, the private sector, and local communities (indigenous people) also need to work together to support young people’s businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses.
Manokwari’s message emphasizes the implementation of noble values and youth activities related to cultural preservation. Through the Manokwari Message, Y20 promotes youth awareness to increase the importance of participation and political literacy. As well as ensuring equal opportunities to develop leadership potential in vulnerable groups through capacity building in formal and informal institutions. This document also requires the establishment of peer-to-peer voluntary teaching for basic digital literacy that can be accessed easily and affordably.
Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD), a youth non-profit organization, became the official host to welcome young Y20 delegates from various countries. Before the Y20 Indonesia 2022, Summit is held, four Pre-Summits for each priority area will be held separately in four cities in Indonesia, namely Palembang (Pre-Summit I), Lombok (Pre-Summit II), Balikpapan (Pre-Summit III). ), and Manokwari (Pre-Summit IV). The highlight of the 2022 Y20 Indonesia Summit is planned to be held in DKI Jakarta and Bandung. The 4th Pre-Summit raised the issue of diversity and inclusion priorities.