YSU International Student Joined the Asian-African Students Conference 2015 in Bandung

YSU International Student Joined the Asian-African Students Conference 2015 in Bandung

A number of students from Asian and African countries who are currently studying at Yogyakarta State University had the honour to attend the Asian African Students Conference 2015 which was held in Gedung Merdeka, Bandung from April 29th to May 1st 2015 as part of the Asian African Conference 60th anniversary. Around 270 Asian and African students who are studying in Indonesia joined the conference. YSU sent 14 students as its delegation who are enrolled in undergraduate programs or post graduate programs. They are Abdoulaye Fane, Youssouf Haidara, Makan Sacko from Mali; Alfred Irambona, Claver Nzobonimpa, Niyonsaba Theophile, Oskar Ndayizeye, Dominique Savio N, from Burundi; Antsa Koloina, Rafaliarisoa Antsa, Floria Kabora, from Madagascar; Osabenyi Harrison from Nigeria; Aung Si Thu from Myanmar; dan Keang Rachny from Cambodia.

This Asian African Students Conference was started with a reception at Papandayan Hotel, Bandung. In this event, H.E. Ambassador Esti Andayani , Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Repubic of Indonesia gave her speech to the participants. Then the participants are invited to attend a movie session on the history of the Asian African Conference.

Emil Salim, a former delegate of Asian Students Conference in 1956, also attended the conference. Emil said that the Asian African Student Conference in 1956 was inspired by the Asian African Conference held in 1955. It was also triggered by the world political situation and encouraged by the spirit to up hold the Dasasila Bandung, the results of the Asian African Conference in 1955. The student conference aimed to support countries to gain independence. 30 years after the student conference, among the partcipants were then successful leaders in their countires who joined the conference. They stood for Asian and African countries independence.

On the second day of the Asian African Students Conference 2015, Adew Habsta and friends performed their songs entitled: “Egaliter” (egalitarian), “Damai” (peace), and a musical performance for a speech entitled “Lahirlah Asia-Afrika Baru” (“New Asia and Africa to be Born”).

In the conference, the participants were divided into 6 groups based on the themes given by the committee. One of the discussion focused on Leadership to Promote the Asia African Cultural Values.

Acara Asian African Students Conference diakhiri dengan kunjungan Museum Asia-Afrika dan sebuah perjalanan ekskursi. Selama ekskursi tersebut, para peserta mengikuti Festival Budaya Masyarakat adat jawa Barat di Ecowisata dan budaya Alam Santosa Kabupaten Bandung.
The last item of the conference was a visit to the “Museum Asia-Afrika” (Asian-African Conference Museum) and an excursion to the ecotourism and cultural tourism at Alam Sentosa in Bandung.

“We got a lot of information on history, relationship , and the distinct cultures of Asian and African countries. Bandung Spirit, Solidarity, and Unity to face the New Colonialization in Asia-Africa are words we’ll never forget,” said Makan Sacko.

submitted by admin