"Our fate can only be changed by ourselves," said Grayce Roossiler Windesi (24 years old) and his colleague Safria Samual (25 years old) during an interview with ABC Radio, both alumni of Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) are in Darwin to conduct internships at the Indonesian Consulate (KRI) in Darwin, August 2017.
Started from a Public Lecture by Indonesian Consul in Darwin, Andre Omer Siregar, in the Department of International Relations USTJ in October 2015, Grayce Windesi had an opportunity to dialogue directly with the Consul at the end of the event. On that occasion, Grayce get an offer to do an apprenticeship in KRI Darwin in order to apply knowledge that she has been studied. Grayce then responded the challenge and with his partner Safria flew to Darwin in early August 2017.
During one month, both of them participated in various activities held in KRI Darwin, among others, participated in various activities of the 72nd Anniversary of Independence of Republic of Indonesia, including being a flag ceremony officer, cultural event performer in Diplomatic Reception as well as being a participant in the Independence Day karaoke competition, which Safria became the First Winner, and Grace became the Second Winner.
One of the highlights during their activities in Darwin, is the opportunity to conduct interviews with ABC Radio. In the event, both were asked to share their experiences while in Darwin and what contributions they could make in their hometown later. Answering the question, both said that they intend to encourage young people in Papua to improve their capacity in order to build a better Papua.
The deepest impression is felt by them as they see firsthand the life of the Aborigines in Darwin. Aboriginal people who regularly receive life allowances from the Australian Government, continue to live a harsh life among other Australians. Although Aboriginal communities have access to facilities from the local government, their daily lifestyles close to alcohol and violence cause most Aboriginal people in NT to progress.
This is a reflection for the Grayce and Safria to contribute more significantly to their environment to prevent the same thing happening to young Papuan children.
Grayce also said that as a young Papuan, he and his colleagues need to change their mindset to be more serious in taking advantage of opportunities in education because only with education, their fate can change. "Papuan children need to be more creative. We want to learn. If we go forward, we must try. Change it from our own "said Grayce.
Young people of Papua must be optimistic about their future, as long as they have a strong will to make it happen. "At first I was not sure if we could, but we got here. So we can actually compete if we want to. Only we want it or not? ", Said Safria with enthusiasm.
While in Darwin, the Indonesian Consul frequently expressed his motivation to the two apprentices, to always be confident and not stop learning to build their area. The experience they get is expected to be shared with other young Papuan children and can be useful for their future. The Indonesian Consul also expressed hope that they will succeed to achieve their aspiration to become future diplomats of RI diplomats.