Lima, Peru: In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of Indonesian class participants organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Lima increased higher than in previous years. This was said by Ambassador of Indonesia in Lima, Marina Estella Anwar Bey, in his remarks at the opening of the inaugural virtual Indonesian language class on July 15, 2020. It was said that this year there were around 170 participants who wanted to learn Indonesian. This number is 6 (six) times more than the number of language class participants in 2019.

Because of the high number of participants in the Indonesian language class, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima opened 2 (two) classes for the general public and 1 (one) class at the National University of San Marcos in Peru. The majority of course participants are professionals with backgrounds in economics, engineering, translators, international business and trade, tourism and administration. In addition to professionals, there are also students from San Marcos University, Katolika University, USIL (Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola), UPC (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas), and Peru Cesar Vallejo University. In addition to Peruvian citizens, there were French, Spanish and Mexican citizens.

Indonesian Language Class or better known as Indonesian Foreign Speakers (BIPA) is one of the promotional programs conducted by the Indonesian Embassy in Lima every year since 2016. In general, classes are held 2 (two) times a year at the Indonesian Embassy in Lima. With the Covid pandemic, in 2020 the Indonesian Embassy in Lima opened Indonesian Language classes virtually via zoom and google meet. Classes will be held for 3 (three) months from July 2020 to October 2020.

Aside from teaching Indonesian, the BIPA program will also introduce Indonesian culture widely including culinary, tourism, and cities in Indonesia. It is hoped that through this program, the people of Peru can get to know Indonesia more closely and are interested in visiting Indonesia in the future, said the Ambassador of Indonesia Lima. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Lima)

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