Amplifying the Voices of Youth

U-Reporters in Indonesia speak out on national and global issues

Ariunzaya Davaa
27,000 active U-Reporters across Indonesia raise their voices to influence national and even global discussions on issues that are relevant to them.
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez
25 August 2016

There are over 27,000 active U-Reporters across Indonesia. These are young people who have raised their voices to influence national and even global discussions on issues that are relevant to them including Sustainable Development Goals and National Strategy on the Elimination of Violence in Childhood.

 

Collaboration to engage Indonesia’s Scouts
UNICEF/Mongolia/2015/Santoso

To reach more children and youth and ensure their voices are heard, the Pramuka and UNICEF Indonesia signed a partnership agreement in 2015, paving the way for a collaboration to engage Indonesia’s Scouts on many issues that are of importance for children and young people in Indonesia.

 

10th National Jamboree of the Indonesian Scouts
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

Some 25,000 Scouts from all over Indonesia participated in the weeklong 10th National Jamboree. With 20 million Scouts, 50% of the global membership, Gerakan Pramuka is the largest Scouts movement in the world.

 

Opening ceremony of the 10th National Jamboree
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

As a big nation, Indonesia has significant challenges to solve, including poverty and social disparities. That’s why our young people need to be more positive and resilient to have a competitive advantage. I encourage the Scouts movement to remain relevant by using the rapidly growing information technology. However, social media is not a tool for you to hurt or bully each other."

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, at the Opening Ceremony
At the Jamboree, UNICEF ran interactive sessions on U-Report.
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

At the Jamboree, UNICEF ran interactive sessions on U-Report. Thousands of Scouts participated in the sessions, which explained what U-Report is all about and how to use it to communicate and share information on issues related to children’s rights.

 

14-year-old Karin from Nusa Tenggara Timur
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

I just signed up to U-Report,

I want to deliver my opinion to decision makers. Because most adults do not hear us children."

Karin, 14, from Nusa Tenggara Timur
1,000 new U-Reporters signed up through Facebook, Twitter, and SMS during the Jamboree
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

Approximately 1,000 new U-Reporters signed up through Facebook, Twitter, and SMS during the Jamboree. They all took a pledge to sign up five of their friends in the coming days.

 

New U-Reporters
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

UNICEF offers Pramuka the possibility to become a leader in child’s rights advocacy. The partnership on U-Report will ensure massive recruitment of new U-Reporters: 100,000 new members by mid-2017. Pramuka will receive access to a modern platform to engage directly with its members. UNICEF training Scouts on nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and child protection boosts the capacity of the Scouts to become children’s rights leaders in their respective communities.

 

New U-Reporters excited to speak out
UNICEF/Indonesia/2016/Rodrigo Ordonez

The more U-Reporters raise their voices, the louder they will be when it comes to decisions that affect their lives. Indonesia is a nation of young people. The future is in their hands; they must speak up now. Every voice matters.