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Bogiyateugi School Struggles with Lack of Textbooks

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Since SDN (elementary school) Bogiyateugi at Kamuu Selatan Sub-district was built in 1998, it has never been revamped and only had three unfurnished classrooms to accommodate 98 pupils - Jubi/Agus Tebay

Since SDN (elementary school) Bogiyateugi at Kamuu Selatan Sub-district was built in 1998, it has never been revamped and only had three unfurnished classrooms to accommodate 98 pupils – Jubi/Agus Tebay

Dogiyai, Jubi – A lack of textbooks forced students at SDN Bogiyateugi elementary school to use materials taken from higher grades.

For instance, second grade pupils must study learning materials for the third grade.
One of the teachers Devit Bouya, said he should teach dozens of the pupils under such condition.
“For example, we use the third grade textbook for moral and nationalism education for the second grade pupils. It is the same with other grades with different subjects,” Bouya told Jubi in Moanemani, Dogiyai, on Friday (30/9/2016).
When asked about the library, teacher who have taught for eight years in this school, said, “Do not ask about the library, while the textbooks are not well equipped as well as the school building,”
He said the school has 98 pupils and five teachers, one civil servant and the rest are contract teachers.
“We teach many subjects, from religious education, moral and nationalism, science, social science, sport education, art and local content. We only have three classrooms for pupils from first to sixth grades,” he explained.
Since the school where is located in Kamuu Selatan Sub-district was built in 2008, it has never been revamped or obtained the government assistance to complete the facilities and learning materials. One of the teachers who stay with her commitment to teach dozens of the pupils is Elizabeth Pekei. Although she is a contract teacher, she admitted to stay committed with the very limited facilities of school and teacher’s welfare.
“We leave with the local people there (Kamuu Selatan sub-district). We always prioritize the children to get better education,” she said. (*/rom)

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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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