New Hope for Young Farmers
A non-governmental organization initiated a capacity building program in the agriculture sector, at East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province. Around 3,000 youths in two NTT regencies are today doing well as farmers in their villages.
Rows of watermelon plants flourish in Norbes Selan's…
Stacks of planting medium called baglogs were neatly placed in a 150-meter square area, surrounded by walls made of woven bamboo. There were 6,000 baglogs in the room, each of them filled with white oyster mushrooms.
Ni Wayan Purnami Rusadi, 25, checked each growing medium, carefully picked mushrooms that were…
Playing With the Fire of Conservatism
The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.
UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.