JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Director General of Social Empowerment at the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs Edi Suharto said the development of national development and progress has brought progress and ease and implementation of development. However, on the other hand, there are still many social groups that are less fortunate, so that they are left behind economically.
However, there has also been a shift in social and cultural norms where face-to-face interactions are reduced, replaced by individuals busy working and interacting through gadgets.
"It is not an easy thing to attract young people from their respective 'nests' to gather, discuss and carry out social activities together. "This challenge is increasingly felt today during a pandemic where physical interactions are limited, while unemployment and poverty are increasing," Edi said on Saturday (09/26/2020).
This statement was delivered by Edi to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of Karang Taruna (Youth Organization), which falls on September 26.
According to him, one of the important goals of Karang Taruna is to improve the ability of the surrounding communities to solve the social problems they face. Before doing that, of course, Karang Taruna must strengthen itself first.
"With the condition of Indonesia which has extraordinary cultural diversity, of course there are differences in the colors of the Youth Organization. This can be seen as a potential, as well as a challenge, "said Edi.
About Karang Taruna
On September 26, 2020, Karang Taruna commemorates its 60th anniversary. That age is not just a number, but reflects a long history of development of the largest youth organization in Indonesia.
Starting from Kampung Melayu in 1960, Karang Taruna was born as a response to the complexity of social problems, especially among the younger generation. At that time, counterproductive use of leisure time became the root cause for social problems such as juvenile delinquency. So, Karang Taruna was formed as a forum for the younger generation to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.
Minister of Social Affairs Regulation Number 25 of 2019 regarding Karang Taruna states that Karang Taruna is an organization formed by the communities as a forum for the young generation to develop themselves, grow and develop on the basis of awareness and social responsibility from, by, and for the younger generation, which is oriented towards achieving prosperity social for the community.
The empowerment of Karang Taruna is a process of developing capabilities, opportunities and giving authority to the Youth Organization to increase potential, prevent and handle social problems, develop pioneering values through the use of human resources, natural resources, social resources, and technology. Karang Taruna is domiciled in a village or sub-district within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Indonesia.