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Vena Xu – It’s Chinese New Year! | Week 4

Vena Xu

30 January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year!

Good news! This week I’ve been conducting research about a program on Google. It is a grant that offers a great opportunity for non-for-profit organizations. The grant offers 10,000 US dollars budget every month (120,000 US dollars a year) for advertising on the Google search engine. It was my communication manager who told me to find out more about it. I decided to apply for it as soon as possible.

And we got approved!

CIPS got approved by Google

Everything has been moving steadily throughout the week, but my favourite part are the internship sessions! We predominantly focus on creating content for social media and host discussions on classical liberalism.

Nowadays social media is so important as it spreads ideas quickly over large demographics. Learning how to create content from our own opinions via social media is a very important skill, and one must be sure that their content is checked thoroughly.

It was a pleasure to have Rainer Heufers, the co-founder and executive director of CIPS, explain the core ideas about classical liberalism on Thursday. Bapak-sim, is a new terminology I learned from him. In Bahasa (Indonesian official language), Bapak means father, Bapak-ism well explained the political situation in Indonesia. Even today older men, both inside and out of government, have the dominant power to decide policies. It explains why some of the public policies were decided without inspecting whether it’s suitable or not, but unfortunately this leads to the public suffering from them.

My trip to Bandung was very nice, it was my first time visiting an active volcano, Tangkuban Perahu.  I also visited the tea plantation and bamboo village. I would like to share a conversation that was had between me and the tour guide I hired when visiting the volcano. The tour guide, Rizki told the local children cannot afford to go to school. I was surprised by this.

What I learned before was the government has been giving a huge budget on education every year. However, the sad fact is the money didn’t actually reach the poor, they still cannot go to public school as there is a limited quota for them. For the private school, they cannot afford the high tuition fee. Education is also one of the main areas CIPS is focusing on. Hopefully our research will be delivered to the education ministry and give children from poor families an opportunity to go to school.

Tangkuban Perahu Volcano

Local kids with beautiful smiles.

On Friday, we held a farewell party for our lovely research manager, he’s going to pursue his Ph.D. degree. All the best to him!

CIPS Family

Rainer Heufers, the co-founder and executive director of CIPS gave me red pocket for CNY

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