Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Students call for free education
Group slams president for failure to "provide proper education for every citizen'University students urge govt to provide free and improved education
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- May 3, 2011
âPoor people cannot afford to pay tuition fees. Also, now the curriculum is not relevant, resulting high unemployment rate of graduates,â Stefanus Gusma, chairman of the Union of Catholic University Students of the Republic of Indonesia (PMKRI), said in a statement at the group's May 1 press conference in Jakarta.
The statement was made in conjunction with yesterday's National Education Day on May 2.
According to Gusma, it is âvery embarrassingâ that the quality of Indonesian education ranks 69th in the world, according to UNESCO's Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring ReportÂ 2011.
Gusma also slammed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono âfor failure to provide proper education for every citizenâ as stipulated in the 1945 Constitution.
Rozy Fahmi of the Association of Islamic University Students (HMI) said some universities have even become capitalists, so that students of poor families cannot afford expensive tuition fees.
He also lamented the low budget allocated for education. âHow can Indonesians be smart if education facilities are poor?â he asked.
The theme for the May 2 event was âCharacter Education as a Pillar of National Awakening. About 400 students from different university organizations walked from the Bundaran Hotel Indonesia to the presidential palace.
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