Two students of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) took part in the activities of the Archipelago Youth Ship (Kapal Pemuda Nusantara or KPN) as part of the series of Karimata Strait Sail 2016. KPN is one of the Ministry of Youth and Sport program which aims to inculcate Indonesian marine values and potential among younger generation.
Keenan Mukti Sinatriya Shangga Nagari (Tourism student) and Merlangen Enfani Harismina (Architecture student) successfully elected to represent Yogyakarta province on the KPN 2016. Together with 100 young representatives from Indonesian provinces, they join KPN in Kayong, West Kalimantan, on 15 October 2016. In the event also participated representatives from various countries in the ASEAN region.
“In KPN we carry the mission of friendship and introduce the culture and potential of Yogyakarta to the other delegates,” Keenan said, Monday (7/11).
Archipelago Youth Ship set sail on October 8, 2016 from Jakarta and anchored in Kayong, West Kalimantan, on October 15, 2016 to attend the Karimata Strait Sail summit. The event was opened by President Joko Widodo.
In addition, several Cabinet ministers also attended the event, among others Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, and Minister of Tourism, Arif Yahya. Next, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Rudiantara, as well as the Minister of Rural and Underdeveloped Region Development and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo.
“In the peak of Karimata Strait Sail, we have a duty to welcome the president and state guests,” he said.
Keenan said during KPN, they performed various activities in the social and cultural fields. They lived for a few days in a local residential area and had an audience with the local government and experience cultural exchange activity.
“At that time, we were given the opportunity to perform the Angguk Dance,” he said.
Keenan claimed that he was proud to be one of the delegates being elected for KPN 2016. Through these activities plenty of knowledge and experience were gained, mainly related to the nautical world.
“Through this KPN (I) know more about the marine potential in Indonesia,” he said.