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BCA, UNICEF to Promote Child-Friendly Education in Papua

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Jakarta, Jubi – Bank Central Asia (BCA) and UN children’s fund UNICEF in Indonesia will work together to promote child-friendly education in Papua.

“This child-friendly education is a form of our attention to building a positive environment for children, especially children in Papua, ” said BCA President, John Setiaatmadja, while giving child-friendly education donation at Menara BCA on Tuesday (08/09/2015).

Jahja said the program is expected to improve the quality education for the children by creating positive environment.

In the same occasion, chief representative of UNICEF Indonesia, Gunilla Olsson stated that a donation of Rp 850 million from the BCA is useful for creating an educational environment that gives a sense of safety and comfort for the kids.
“We believe that this educational program can bring positive change in schools and communities so that children will be protected from all forms of violence,” Olsson said.

According to him, this child-friendly educational programs produced two innovation module which are safe and strong school module and module to build resilient.

In the first module, UNICEF provides a positive disciplined approach for the teachers so that teachers are able to discipline students without physical and verbal violence.

Meanwhile, module to build resilient will be given at non-formal education about prevention

violence, gender rights, reproductive health, communication, and life skills.
“These two module have been through the revision process based on local context which is expected to be applied effectively,” he hoped.

Child-friendly education currently is only implemented in three cities, Wamena, Jayapura and Manokwari. (*/ Tina)

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Kegiatan Pelatihan Ombusmen Provinsi Papua di Jayapura

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Oil Palm Plantation Seizes Indigenous’ Rights to Land and Education

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Illustration of oil palm plantation in Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan legislator Maria Elizabet Kaize said the oil palm investments, especially in the southern region of Papua, have seized the indigenous peoples’ lands and corrupted the education of young Papuans.

Maria Kaize, a native woman from Anim Ha customary area, said oil palm plantations give a negative impact on the indigenous children’s education in the district of Merauke, Boven Digoel and surrounding areas because the school-age Papuans prefer to follow their parents than going to school.

“It is true that the awareness among the school-aged Papuan children, especially in southern areas, for schooling needs to be improved. Many of them prefer to follow their parents in the forest,” Maria Kaize answered some questions from Jubi on Thursday (19/04/2018).

She took Bio area of Boven Digoel District as an example. In this area, many school-aged children join their parents as palm oil workers. Her sister, who is a local teacher, told her about this information.  She further said that the similar thing also happened Genyem and Lereh, Jayapura District, when the oil palm companies just operated in those areas.

“According to a teacher from Genyem whom I met some time ago, they went to the oil palm plantation for looking the children. Maybe this method can be used in some districts in the southern Papua. However, it needs support from the government, customary and church leaders as well as the community,” she said.

When meeting with Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, a local leader from Keerom, Servius Servo said the transition of community land to oil palm plantation harmed the local people because it rated very cheap.  In fact, in some cases, they changed it with sugar and salt.

“Besides for oil palm plantations, community and sago forests mostly used for road construction and government infrastructure,” Servius said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Solidarity for PNG earthquake collects Rp 40 million

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General coordinator and secretary of solidarity, Samuel Awom and Kris Dogopia – Jubi / Agus Pabika.

 

Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua Solidarity for the victims of the earthquake in Papua New Guinea collected Rp 40 million and 520 thousand during fundraising held from March 15 to April 15, 2018.  Donators are individual, churches, mosques as well as other interfaith organisations. Despite cash, people also donate their wearable clothes, stated the Coordinator Samuel Awom in a press conference held at the Taburia Dormitory in Padang Bulan on Tuesday (17/4/18).

“This collected money will be sent directly to our friends in Vanimo.” The fundraising held in any part of Jayapura City, including Jayapura, Abepura, Sentani and Youtefa traditional market.

Meanwhile, the Secretary Kris Dogopia said this was an act of humanitarian solidarity without any political interests.

“We want to give a good example to Papuan people of helping others because solidarity is universal. And this is purely solidarity for humanity,” said Dogopia. (*)

 

Reporter: Aguz Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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