Jakarta, October 23, 2023 – In an effort to enhance tolerance awareness among the digital generation, the French Language Education Study Program at the Faculty of Language and Literature Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), held a discourse with the theme “Perceptions of Digital Natives about the Trigatra Language Concept.” The event took place virtually on Monday, October 23, 2023, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.
This event is part of the Regular Fundamental Research supported by DRTPM, DIKTI, Kemendikbudristek. The speakers for this event were Prof. Dr. Mikihiro Moriyama from Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, and Prof. Dr. Sutrisna Wibawa, M.Pd. from Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa University, Yogyakarta. Both speakers provided insights into the importance of understanding the Trigatra Language concept in the context of tolerance and literacy in the digital era.
Attended by nearly 200 participants, including lecturers, teachers, language researchers, students, and language enthusiasts, the event received positive feedback. Prof. Dr. Dadang Sunendar, M.Pd., Prof. Dr. Tri Indri Hardini, M.Pd, and Ariessa Rachmadhany, M.Pd. from UPI led and organized the event.
The Dean of the Faculty of Language and Literature Education at UPI, who also participated in the research team, emphasized in his opening remarks the relevance of this discourse in achieving the goal of making Indonesian the international language by 2045, as stipulated in Law No. 24 of 2009. He also highlighted the importance of the Indonesian language, the preservation of regional languages, proficiency in foreign languages, and tolerance awareness among digital natives.
Prof. Dr. Mikihiro Moriyama presented on “Digital Natives’ Perception of the Trigatra Language Concept in Fostering Tolerance,” while Prof. Dr. Sutrisna Wibawa, M.Pd. addressed the topic of “Language and Cultural Literacy through Social Media.” Both presentations offered new perspectives and strengthened the understanding of how language and literacy can serve as tools to reinforce tolerance and intercultural understanding in the current digital era.
The event concluded with an interactive discussion and Q&A session, providing valuable insights for participants regarding the role of language in building tolerance and cross-cultural understanding in today’s digital age.”