Interfaith Competition, A Portrait of Tolerance In Indonesia

Chairmain of The CommiteeWho doesn’t know the island of Bali? Bali is one of the society consists of various religions and Hinduism is the majority. However, other religions are well developed, such as Islam, Protestant and Catholic. Religious harmony in Bali quite good, proven until now almost unheard of conflict religious. They live side by side in peace. So do not be surprised if students in a school made up of followers of those religions. A portrait of exemplary tolerance.

A manifestation of religious harmony is convening Interfaith Competition in the district North Kuta, Badung, Bali (Thursday, October 18, 2012) by KKG Agama (Kelompok Kerja Guru) or working group of religious teachers  in North Kuta district. Competition held at SDN 3 Kerobokan Kaja followed SD (Sekolah Dasar) or primary school in North Kuta district and attended by all heads of schools and teachers of Islam, Hindu, Christian and Catholic, parents and students.

Geguntangan“The competition received an encouraging and supported by the Education Unit of the North Kuta district”, said the Chairman of the Committee, Mardiana Ulfa everyday as a teacher of Islam in SDN 2 Kerobokan Kaja. Competitors are quite a lot, for Islam consists of 26 elementary schools, Protestant 15 schools, 10 Catholic schools and religious Hindu followed by all schools in North Kuta district.

Implementation of Competition

Islamic CalligraphyThis one-day race begins with the opening. In this session, enlivened by reading hymns by a Hindu religious teachers, or known as geguntangan. Furthermore, the participants towards the room that had been prepared to carry out the race suit their religious.

In the space race competition held Islamic calligraphy. In the other space race done reading the Bible (Catholic), singing hymns (Protestant) and make canangsari or tool worship (Hindu). Furthermore, participants returned to the hall to hear the results of competitions, prizes and a closing reception. With the implementation of this race as visitors can watch the skills competition at the different religions in one location.

Braided reinforced cohesion

Singing hymnsHead of UPT (Unit Pelaksana Tugas) Pendidikan or education implementation unit assignment North Kuta district, I Made Rai Kumara Jaya, S.Pd. feel proud of the race that was first held in its jurisdiction. He hopes that the race like this can continue to be implemented in the coming years to enhance student creativity. “But most important is to strengthen religious harmony among students, teachers and schools,” as he said. He added that the existing religious diversity in North Kuta district in particular would be wonderful if you always instilled a sense of mutual harmony, respect and appreciation.

The judge of Reading BibleHead agrees, a Christian teacher also felt happy with this race. He said the competition can foster mutual respect and respect among religions. Similarly, they know each other so among fellow teachers and teachers with supervisors and UPT.


CanangsariThe competition was to be air in the midst of hearing often nuanced racial conflict. Turns out the ‘cost’ to maintain a climate of harmony is very cheap, only with firmness of faith, generosity and mutual respect. Instead the ‘cost’ restore to get back together after a conflict is very expensive and takes a long time. A great example present again. We love Indonesia.

 Source:  Mardiana Ulfa



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