Using Internet Technology to Strengthen Pancasila in the Digital Age – General Directorate of Optica

Jakarta, General Directorate of OPTIKA With the entry into the era of globalization, Pancasila as the ideology of nation and state faces challenges in its application in people’s daily lives. The entry of alternative ideologies online cannot be stopped in the lives of people in Indonesia.

“In this digital age, the application of Pancasila as a nation-state ideology faces challenges with the emergence of foreign cultures that are changing ancestral culture,” said Media Kupas Tuntas Group CEO Donald Harris Sihutang, at a digital literacy webinar. Using the Internet as an Educational Tool to Strengthen Pancasila, Thursday (9/22/2022).

According to Donald, Pancasila is actually an ideology that is open in assimilating new values ​​that can be beneficial to the survival of the nation. However, national vigilance is required against the new ideology.

He added: “The spread of lies and information that differentiate between the nation and the state, in contravention of the values ​​contained in the third principle of Pancasila, which is Indonesian unity.”

In addition, there was also a decline in moral values ​​that threatened the existence of the noble values ​​of the nation. In addition to the erosion of empathy and concern for others.

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The strategy of promoting national feeling in the life of the nation and the state, according to Donald, can be done through formal education, providing personal education based on Ki Hajar Dewantara’s pedagogical values, and promoting national feeling through popular culture approaches such as music, films and sports.

“Pancasila not only memorizes the points of the Five Principles, but understands the meaning of each principle and applies it to the daily life of the community,” Donald said.

Meanwhile, Communications Lecturer at Mercu Buana University, Dudi Iman Hartono, said that practicing Pancasila through P4 (Guidelines for Appreciating and Practicing Pancasila) through formal education of Baby Boomer generation or Generation X, currently cannot be done for Generation Z.

“Young people or Generation Z do not like to read. They prefer visuals to narrative text. Generation Z needs an example or role model from the previous generation, ie Baby Boomer Generation or Generation X,” said Doody, who is also a senior journalist.

The development of digital media in the age of the Internet requires the media to prioritize speed in conveying information to the public. The age of online media is a concrete example where there is a practice of promoting speed in conveying information to the public rather than print media or television and radio.

However, speed in the context of news often makes media crews and the public forget to check. This is where the trick came in. Therefore, the information received must be filtered before it is shared.”

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In line with Dodi, presenter Zahra Salama said a breakthrough was needed in instilling Pancasila as an ideology for the younger generation amid the development of the internet and technological advancement.

Zahra made recommendations for the application of Pancasila values ​​in the era of globalization. One of them is to take advantage of technological developments that attract the younger generation and society. In addition to inculcating Pancasila values ​​through continuing education and continuous learning across all lines and regions.

“Pancasila is currently taught and promoted through Pancasila themes and Citizenship Education (PPKN) with an emphasis on theory and practice. The application of Pancasila values ​​can be seen more easily in the practice of nation and state if Pancasila is the reference.”

Furthermore, Zahra added, instilling awareness of the potential dangers of outside interference that could harm Pancasila ideology is very important.

“For this reason, we must make effective use of the advancement of the Internet in an effort to preserve national identity and increase the mental flexibility and ideology of the nation,” he said.

Indonesia is becoming more digital

This digital literacy webinar is part of the #IndonesiaMakinCakapDigital National Digital Literacy Program. The Director General of Informatics Applications, Simuel Abrijani Benjirapan, expressed his appreciation to all parties that cooperated in organizing the digital literacy classes.

“I hope that this activity will encourage the creation of new digital talent in Indonesia who are more qualified and ready to help realize the vision of a digital Indonesia,” General Manager Simuel said in his speech.

Based on survey results in 2021, Indonesia’s digital literacy index is 3.49, up from the previous year’s achievement of 3.46. This number is still in the middle category and has not yet reached the good category.

“Therefore, our shared mission is to equip society with digital literacy skills so that they are always ready to protect the acceleration of digital transformation,” Semuel said.

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The government is targeting that by 2024 there will be 50 million people who are digitally literate. To this end, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics together with the National Movement for Digital Literacy (GNLD) Siberkreasi as well as its partners and networks are here to provide digital training which is an essential capacity for all levels of society in Indonesia.

The training offered is based on four pillars, namely digital skills, digital ethics, digital security and digital culture. Until 2021, the program has reached more than 12 million people in 514 districts/cities and 34 provinces across Indonesia. (LG)

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