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Indonesian and PNG Soldiers Teach Elementary School Students

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Indonesia and PNG military at the border (Jubi)

Indonesia and PNG military at the border (Jubi)

Jayapura, Jubi – A task force of border security (Pamtas) of the Republic of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (RI-PNG) taught national awareness to elementary students of SD Inpres Kampung Workwana, Keerom.

In addition, soldiers of Battalion 400/Rider also painted and cleaned the  elementary school.

According to Lieutenant Chb Sani Adithya Dharma, for four days, the military carried out painting and cleaning around the school as well as taught the kids about the importance of cleanliness, taught basic knowledge about computer, nationality and drills. The services are from Friday (17/4) to Tuesday ( 21/4).

“The service  is one form of territorial development undertaken by soldiers,” he said in Jayapura this week.

He further explained, Workwana is one of the villages in Arso, Keerom where there is one RI-PNG border post of task force from Battalion 400 / Raider led by Sergeant Dian Retno.

Dian Retno further said teaching and learning conditions in the border region is still quite poor.
“The presence of the military post in Kampung Workwana should be able to give a different color and draw the enthusiasm of the students to be more enthusiasm in learning activities by providing a wide range of subject particularly the awareness of nationality,” Lieutenant Sani said.

Separately, principal of Elementary school SD Workwana, Dominggas Karat, said the program was very good, especially to train students to be more disciplined.

“The presence of the military in the midst of the citizens is very precise, particularly in helping our school community which now looks clean and beautiful, so that we can be comfortable in teaching and learning process,” he said.

“I am very happy and grateful to the soldiers who have helped us in the process of learning. I can not give anything to them that willing to help our school. Once again, I thank you and proud of them. May God bless them, Amin, “Karat said. (*/rom)

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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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