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Jayapura Municipality Has Lowest Illiteracy Rate in Papua



Young Papuan read magazine in Tablasupa Village, West Papua -

Young Papuan read magazine in Tablasupa Village, West Papua –

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Municipality has the lowest illiteracy rate among the entire regencies/municipalities in Papua Province, at 0.14 percent. The illiteracy rate in Papua for 2013 was at 32.63 percent.

“Jayapura Municipality, which the human development index ratified high at the national scale and has the lowest illetaracy rate in Papua Province, deserved to obtain the literacy award from the Indonesian Minister of Education And Culture at the commemoration of the international literacy day 2015 at the national level held in Karawang, West Java,” the Papua Vice Governor Klemen Tinal said in his speech in the commemoration of the 50th International Literacy Day (HAI) and the declaration of Indonesia Reading Movement (GIM) held at the University of Cenderawasih Auditorium in Jayapura on last week.

In line with the vision and mission statements of the Governor and Vice Governor of Papua Province that Papua to be Arisen, Independent and Prosperous, he said the provincial government has succeeded to endorse the optimism and confidence in Papua. “There are eleven provinces which still have the highest illiteracy rate and the highest rank is Papua.

Off course we are not proud with this fact, but today the Papua Provincial Government and the local governments in Papua Province highly commit and believe that we can prove to other that the worst in the education field could be the best in the next five years,” he said.

The illiteracy rate in Papua for 2013 reached 32.63. It is very varied figures; several regencies in the mountainous area have the human development index under the rank of 497 at the national scale. “One of the priority programs in Papua is education program to become a right solution in the elimination of illiteracy in the entire of Papua land,” he said.

The Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Anies Baswedan said it’s never been late for people to learn, and they must encourage themselves to keep learning.

“We can have any position in life. It could be changed anytime, but the passion and learning activities should be kept everyday by anyone at anytime,” he said.

Therefore he asked to all stakeholders to be aware that the richness of this nation including the richness of Papuans are not grounded in their land, but in their human resources instead.
“Human resources are our biggest richness. In the past when in colonial period, in the map, Indonesia was only regarded as the producer of natural resources. Indonesia was considered as a country whose the land was exploited to produce oil, gas and other resources while its human resources were step back. Thus, the similar condition was applied for the entire country,” he said.

According to him, in the initial post-colonial period, the literacy rate in Indonesia was 5 percent; means 95 percent of Indonesian were illiterate. It was also applied for Papua. Thus, Baswedan urged the Papuans to not assume they are late to learn. “Never said Papua is too late. No. There is a stunning future in Papua. Do not talk about natural richness, but talk about the human development index. We must emphasize it,” he said.

Meanwhile the Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano said the municipal government is continuing to battle the illiteracy in Jayapura Municipality. In 2009 the illiteracy rate in Jayapura Municipality decreased to 0.77 percent. “And in 2013, the figure was significantly decreased to 0.14 percent while in 2014 the literacy rate has reached 99.90 percent. It is the success of the PKBM (Community Learning Center) managers in providing the literacy education and educators as local government’s extension,” said Mano. (Abeth You/rom)


Dozens of students arrested following the 10 hours tensions at Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya




Dozens of students of Kamasan III Dormitory Surabaya who arrested in Surabaya Police Headquarter – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan students dormitory ‘Kamasan III’ in Surabaya was damaged by groups of the organisation called ‘Ormas Sekber Benteng NKRI & Pemuda Pancasila’. The incident occurred after two group members asked students to raise the Indonesian flag at their dormitory.

Public attorney from Surabaya Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Sahura told the tension between the crowd and students started at around 12.30 (local time) when some members of the group forced to enter the dormitory where located in Jalan Kalasan No. 10, Surabaya. “They forcibly entered the dormitory to raise the flag. When asked by the students who live there, there was a fight,” Sahura explained the cause of the riot which led to the destruction on Wednesday night (15/8/2018).

During the riot, a member of the organisation fell and was injured. At the same time, a student brought a machete to frighten the crowd who forced to come into the dormitory. The injured person then told the police that he was attacked by a student. Shortly after, the police arrived in the location.

“He claimed to be injured because in an attack, but it’s not true. Nevertheless, the students agreed to give the machete after negotiating with the police. Then the police left the scene,” said Sahura.

But then, Surabaya Police Chief the Senior Police Commissioner Rudi Setiawan ordered his subordinates to bring all students to the police headquarter. At first, dozens of these dorm residents refused to go, but then they got into the police truck.

During the scene investigation, military and police officers who mostly wore black clothes and slayers kept watching around the dormitory. According to the students, the tension occurred at around 12:30 at the local time when Pemuda Pancasila, Ormas Sekber Benteng NKRI and military and police officers invaded to their dormitory. They broke the fences and the door, then forced the students to raise the Indonesian in the dormitory.

Later, in the evening, at around 8:30 at local time, the joint security forces and members of the two organisations returned to the dormitory carrying a search warrant to arrest a student with the initial E.Y as a suspect. Thirty minutes later, the authority can break in the door and together with the members of the two organisation they seized the dormitory. At 22:00 the Papuan students were transported to Surabaya Police Headquarter by the police truck.

Surabaya Police Chief the Senior Police Commissioner Rudi Setiawan said there are about 25 Papuan students arrested for being question-related to persecution based on the video about the riots that showed there was a student brought a machete. He said the evacuation of the dormitory is to facilitate the process of the scene investigation.

“It has been regulated in the Indonesian law. So the police have a right to examine someone or carry out an investigation on the scene,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier


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Marine debris affect fish quality in Jayapura




A fisherman moored his boat in Engros, Youtefa. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Womsumbro, a fisherman who’s one of the recipients of the Cold Chain System (SRD), told Jubi that the household rubbish from the city residents become a problem for some fishermen as it pollutes the marine habitat.

“When we run our boats, the machine is often stuck because it hit the garbage. There are many types of marine debris such as plastic bottles, disposable diapers or sanitary napkins which also affect the quality of the fish we caught,” he said on Tuesday (07/31/2018).

Meanwhile, Jayapura Deputy Mayor H. Rustan Saru hopes the SRD program by Jayapura Municipal Government via the Fisheries Office can improve the quality of the fish.

“We should ensure that the quality of fish for the market or human consumption is good. The rubbish has not just created a problem but also reduced the quality of fish.” (*)


Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Local communities work together to combat city waste in Nabire




Wate Tribal Chief Yohan Raiki / Wana (holding a black plastic bag), is picking up trash with Amoye Community on the green path located in the front of Malompo Nabire Catholic Church. – Jubi / Titus Ruban.

Nabire, Jubi – Nabire has struggled with the problem of city waste. A pile of garbage is stacked in the markets and scattered along the coastal area and the river, especially in a green path area started from Tugu Cenderawasih to in front of Nabire General Hospital.

A local community, Amoye Community who is part of Kopena (Komunitas Peduli Nabire), initiated an act of cleaning garbage every week along the path. However, it doesn’t work alone. On Tuesday afternoon (24/7/2018), Amoye Community along with Wate Tribal Council (WTA), who is one of the landowners in Nabire City, cleaned the green path.

Yohan Raiki/Wanaha, the Wate Tribal Chief of sub-village Oyehe, said Nabire City is like a house of everyone. Whoever you are, no matter which tribe you come from or what your religion is, as long as you live in Nabire, we have an obligation to the environment,” he said on Thursday (24/7/2018) after doing the activity.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Amoye Community Bentot Yatipai said the Regional Regulation on Waste Management actually has been approved and legalised by Nabire House of Representatives six months ago.

“The regulation has sent to the Legal Bureau Office of the Provincial Government for further legitimation. However, it has no answer yet. (*)


Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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