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Field Visit to Central Sulawesi and Yogyakarta with the BKKBN (National Population and Family Planning Coordination Board)

On 24-25 January 2015, Centre for Ageing Studies (CAS) University of Indonesia had the honor of field visit to Palu, Central Sulawesi, with the entourage of BKKBN. In this field visit, Prof. Fasli Jalal (Head of BKKBN) and Prof. Tri Budi Rahardjo W. (Head CAS UI) attended the graduation students of the University of Al-Khairat Palu, then gave a public lecture at IAIN Palu about “Bonus Demographics: Opportunities for the golden generation”. And continued to Al-Kautsar Foundation, Palu, who were celebrating the 12th anniversary of the foundation. Anniversary celebration was enlivened by various intergenerational competitions (young and older person) joined together in all competitions. In this occasion Mrs. Elizabeth Kuji (Elderly Director of BKKBN) and Dr. Sudibyo Alimoeso (Deputy of Family Welfare of BKKBN), Prof. Tri Budi W. Rahardjo and Dinni Agustin (CAS UI) had the opportunity to be a judge on the final night of competition between the various generations.

On 5-6 February 2015, CAS UI again had the opportunity to conduct a field visit together with BKKBN to Kulon Progro and Sleman, Yogyakarta, to see directly the “Foster of Elderly Family/Bina Keluarga Lansia (BKL)” which became one of the excellent programs of BKKBN as a form of  “Age Friendly Community at the District level to realize the Tough Elderly”. BKL activities in Sleman and Kulon Program done by applying lifecycle pattern and intergenerational activities. Field visit followed by a live broadcast on TVRI Yogyakarta with the theme of  “Yogyakarta as Age Friendly City”, the live broadcast is accompanied by beautiful music group of young people of Yogyakarta who care about the issue on contraception, narcotics, family building patterns of the elderly to lead a small family: healthy and happy. Field visit in Yogyakarta concludes with a public lecture at Respati University Yogyakarta, with themed “Demographic Bonus: Opportunities in the ASEAN Economic Community” was delivered by Prof. Fasli Jalal as head of BKKBN with moderator by Prof. Tri Budi W. Rahardjo as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Respati University of Yogyakarta.

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