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Marginalization of an Island

Bali Language Teacher Protest the Removal of Balinese from the Formal Language Curriculum for 2013


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(4/8/2013)

Hundreds of university students studying the Balinese language (Basa Bali) demonstrated before the Bali Provincial House of Representatives on Monday, April 1, 2013, in an aspirational protest sending their demand to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in letters attached to balloons.

The protestors studying to become Balinese language teachers used the unique method of sending letters to the President tied to balloons to demand that the Balinese language be retained in the educational curriculum.

As reported by Kompas.com, the student also sent similar message addressed to Bali’s Governor, the Minister of Education, the Chairman of the National House of Representatives and other officials.

The protests followed an announcement by the central government that the Balinese language would be removed from the academic curriculum for 2013 as a course of formal language study, but relegated to a lower status and included in the curriculum for art and culture.


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