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Not Enough Teachers, Classrooms at YPK Bawei Elementary School: Principal

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Students at highland of West Papua - Jubi/Victor Mambor

Students at highland of West Papua – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Biak, Jubi – SD YPK Bawei, Poiru Sub-district, Biak Numfor Regency, do not have enough teachers and classrooms, its principal Maurids Mayor said. On most days, only three teachers serve the elementary school.

In addition, he also complained about unfinished classroom that previously renovated by CV. Marsuki. “CV. Marsuki did the renovation on four classrooms. The three rooms were a hundred percent completed but a classroom was unfinished. They didn’t install the ceramic like they did for three other classrooms. They just leave it and go away,” Mayor told Jubi on last week in Biak.

Meanwhile, the Regional School Management (PSW) Chief of Christian Education Foundation (YPK), Markus Msen told Jubi he would report it to the local government for further action. “Foundation specially can not provide teachers due to financial shortage. Because hiring a teacher means the foundation also must consider about the teacher’s welfare and housing,” said Msen.

According to him, PSW could provide teachers to the YPK schools in Biak if six klasis under the PSW YPK Biak region would deposit the four percent of their budget to the foundation as decided in the GKI Synod Meeting in Papua. “It’s South Biak Klasis to regularly give four percent of their budget to finance the PSW activities,” he said.

The Chairman of Klasis GKI South Biak, the Rev. Yustinus Noriwari said donation from their congregations to PSW YPK is only small amounted compare to the needs of PSW YPK. “Of 58 congregations, some are late to give the weekly or monthly donation. Approximately Rp 5 – 6 million could be obtained by PSW YPK from the donation but the amount is not sufficient to cover the administration and human resources expenses,” he said. (Marten Boseren/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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