Phnom Penh (FN), May 26 – On Friday morning (26/5), the hall of the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh was filled with the sound of angklung and the joyful chatter of 14 students from Footprints International School (FIS) (aged 4-5 years). The FIS Kindergarten students accompanied by four teachers visited the Indonesian Embassy to get to know Indonesian culture.
Their arrival at the Indonesian Embassy was welcomed by the Charge d’Affaires ad Interim of the Indonesian Embassy and staff as well as instructors from the Indonesian Cultural Center (Pusbudi). CDA of the Indonesian Embassy conveyed a welcome greeting to the FIS teachers and students, and interact directly with the students, such as asking their names, what they had for breakfast, etc.
The music instructor of Pusbudi invited FIS students to play the song «Twinkle Twinkle Little Star» with an angklung, sing Indonesian children's songs that are easy to learn, namely «Topi Saya Bundar» and «Kereta Api», and play gamelan and kulintang. To introduce Indonesian culture further, children and teachers also had the opportunity to take pictures wearing various Indonesian traditional costumes.
The visit of the kindergarten students is a part of the school curriculum, namely Cultural Celebration. Cultural Celebration is a program to introduce the cultures of various countries, including Indonesia. By visiting the Indonesian Embassy, the students will get to know and experience the Indonesian culture firsthand.
The Principal of FIS Mr. Sinan Sezen who was also present at the occasion, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the very friendly and kind reception of the Indonesian Embassy. This was an extraordinary experience while they held the Cultural Celebration activity. The school principal also praised the beautiful Indonesian Embassy building several times and stated that he had wanted to visit the Indonesian Embassy for a long time.
The introduction to Indonesian culture was closed by affixing flag stickers and the Indonesian Embassy's stamp to each child's «passport» as a sign of memories that they had visited the Indonesian Embassy, giving away mementos from the Indonesian Embassy to students and teachers, and taking photos together.