As many as 1,211 students from 37 vocal groups in Yogyakarta joined a singing event on Wednesday (14/8) at Balairung UGM.
This was an event to mark the upcoming 74th anniversary of the Independence Day. It was hosted by UGM’s Centre for Pancasila Studies and Gelora Bahana Patria choir.
In the event students from primary, junior high and senior high schools as well as university students sang nationalistic songs such as Indonesia Jaya, Sorak-sorak Bergembira, and Bangun Pemudi Pemuda.
The students came from SD BOPKRI Gondolayu, SD Keputran 1, SDN Tegal Panggung, SD Kanisius Wates, SMPN 10 Yogyakarta, SMPN 14 Yogyakarta, SMP Muhammadiyah 9, SMPN 1 Yogyakarta, SMAN 11 Yogyakarta, SMK 1 Depok, and Taman Madya Ibu Pawiyatan. In addition, choirs from Universitas Terbuka, Universitas Sarjanawiyata, Gelora Bahana Patria, Adiswara Gadjah Mada, RSUP Dr. Sardjito, Sariswara, and 11 Education Ministry agencies in Yogyakarta.
Rector of UGM, Prof.Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng.,D.Eng., said the event was conducted to instill love for the nation and Pancasila among the general public, especially the young generation. Through this event, UGM invited the people to sing together.
“Through the nationalistic songs, we can ponder on the spirit of the national heroes when fighting for our independence,” said Panut.
This event, according to Panut, was a symbol that diversity can indeed create harmony like what happened at UGM that has academic communities who hail from all provinces of Indonesia. Panut hoped with the singing event and Pancasila Congress that will run on Thursday (15/8), the spirit of nationalism can thrive and spread around the country. He asked the people not to hesitate spreading the spirit of nationalism through social media and repost UGM’s posting in official social media.
“Together we spread truth and kindness and counter hoax that can weaken the unity of Indonesia,” he said.