As a country rich in resources and culture, Indonesia has a wealth of language and heritage from Sabang to Merauke. With each one unique and different, the Indonesian language was born as our unifying tongue.
During the Youth Pledge on October 28, 1928, Bahasa Indonesia was established as the national language of Indonesia. This mother tongue connects and unites ethnicities, as it is a symbol of our national identity and pride.
Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) Lippo Village embraces its diverse and multiracial community found in the student body, leadership team, and families. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) world school that offers multiple language classes, SPH Lippo Village remains determined to encourage the next generation of leaders and successors to study and preserve the Indonesian language and culture. This effort of preserving students’ and staff’s national identity is realized through SPH Lippo Village’s Language Month, or Bulan Bahasa, celebrating Indonesia’s langauge throughout the month of September and October 2022, with its peak event at the end of October.
The theme of this year’s Bulan Bahasa is “Retrospective of Indonesian Tradition and Literature,” which served as a reminder of the rich culture, traditions, and works of the nation’s children. As this year’s coordinator, Ms. Francina Carolina believed the theme, which was raised by the deputy chairman of the Language Month committee, Mrs. Elvina Purba, would evoke a sense of love and pride in the Indonesian language and culture, especially within the SPH Lippo Village community.
Though various activities have been carried out throughout September, such as the Comic Contest and the Poetry Dramatization Contest, the highlight of Bulan Bahasa was the Peak Event on October 31 filled with traditional dance performances, traditional music, comedy drama performances, orchestra, choir, and a bazaar with traditional food and games.
SPH Lippo Village hoped this event would increase students’ knowledge, appreciation, and love for the country, in addition to providing opportunities for them to participate in activities that evoke a sense of nationalism, unity, and diversity. Throughout the month, students got to learn songs, dances, and local culture as part of their learning in the classroom. Each performance presented in the Peak Event showcased students from kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school.
Through all these efforts, the school’s desire is for students to realize the intricate details and creativity found in God’s creation. In addition to igniting a sense of nationalism, Bulan Bahasa festival showcased SPH Lippo Village’s partnership with the Parents Advisory Group (PAG), which is the school’s parents’ community, whose assistance and contributions made it all possible. As the first major activity carried out this academic year, it was an extraordinary event that reminded the SPH Lippo Village community of their identity and how rich Indonesia is.
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