Butet Manurung: A Real Hero

Almost every weeknight I watch “Smallville”, a TV series about Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman. I guess people are still longing for superheroes, even nowadays.

Last weekend, on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, I attended a one day seminar on patriotism, held as a centennial commemoration of our nation awakening (a hundred years ago, almost forty year before my country got its independence, Dr. Sutomo founded a national movement called Boedi Oetomo).

A few speakers talked about patriotism (of course), politics, bureaucracy, and laws, while some other spoke about culture and education.

Among the speakers, there is this young woman, Butet Manurung, who spoke about her experience in education “jungle people” or Orang Rimba in Jambi, in the Central Sumatra forest. She founded “Sokola” (meaning school) there, after several years becoming involved closely with the people.

I was touched by her story, and I think that she’s a real hero, not a fictional one like Superman.

Visit http://www.sokola.org for more information about her activities and the jungle people.

H. Gunawan, 24-06-2008

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2 Comments

  1. Sudah saatnya dimulai menyadarkan orang banyak bahwa real heroes di sekitar kita tanpa kita sadari.
    Cobalah tengok CNN yang tiap tahunnya, mencari heroes (tentunya dikalangan masyarakat berbahasa Inggris). Gunakan Google : CNN heroes.
    Bahkan, memulai tindakan heroik bisa dimulai dari diri sendiri.

    Sekelompok mahasiswi (ITB), menyisihkan waktu di akhir pekan, memberikan tutorial pelajaran anak-anak terpinggirikan yang tinggalnya hanya sepelemparan batu dari ITB.
    Tindakan mereka merupakan satu tindakan heroik di tengah kehidupan kota yang keras.
    Tanpa basa-basi, mereka kadang meminta pada kawan sekelasnya untuk menyisihkan sedikit uang jajan guna membelikan kebutuhan sekolah adik asuhnya.
    Kadang tidak jarang, mereka bekerja keras mencari sponsor untuk membantu tindakan medis yang diperlukan salah satu adik asuhnya.

    Mau mencoba?

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