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SMAN 5 Jayapura students are not allowed to wear hijab

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Illustration of students activities in SMA 5 Jayapura – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Salma, one of Dok 8 residents in Imbi Village, North Jayapura District complained about the policy issued by the State Senior High School (SMAN) 5 Jayapura by not accepting students who wear hijab. Salma complained to Jubi in Jayapura on June 14.

“It’s a pity, the school labeled as Angeleri but the rules like that is not acceptable, those rules should only apply in private schools,” she said.

Salma’s mother only found out after her daughter, Ica Hamid wanted to enrol at the school, but the registration committee advised the child not to wear the headscarf when it was received.

“My daughter, with her friends wants to list in SMAN 5 but from information obtained from the recipients of new prospective students in SMAN 5, they do not accept students who wear headscarves on the basis to suit uniformity,” she said.

Head of SMAN 5 Jayapura Angnes Yomima Bonai when spoken to Jubi was also justified it. She said the school she led since 2002 has already have that rule so the prospective students are not allowed to wear a headscarf if they want to  study at SMAN 5 Jayapura.

“Yes, it is true that our school does not accept students wearing hijab, but that does not mean Muslim students are not accepted, we still accept them but the one without hijab, this has been applied several years ago,” she said.

The reason why Muslim students did not wear the hijab at SMAN 5 Jayapura, according to her is the policy of Wilhelmina W. Kambu since 2002 which at that time became the school builder. Mrs. Wilhelmina W. Kambu made the rule because she wanted all the students to dress the same.

“From the beginning it is already so, the goal is that all the students in this school uniform should be the same too, so there is no difference based on hat or hijab. This rule that I continue as principal, I hope the parents or guardians who want to register their child to SMAN 5 Jayapura can understand the rules,” she said.(*)

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Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat

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GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study

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Robi Wenda while serving his customer – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Awan Sol, a 19 years old student of Papuan Baptist Theology in Jayapura works part-time selling newspapers in front of the former Merpati Office at Abepura, Jayapura City to meet his daily needs.

Sol whom is native of Yahukimo District said he works early in the morning before the class and sell approximately 30 to 50 copies of newspapers every day. “Headlines are a factor whether newspapers will immediately be sold out or not. If I can sell 10, I got Rp 100 thousand. The more copies I sell, the more money I get. After the class, I continue to sell the rest of copies,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Meanwhile, Robi Wenda, a student of Cenderawasih University has to postpone from his study due to financial issue. He is now selling the local newspapers at the Sentani Airport to support his needs. “I sell ‘Jubi’ and ‘Cepos’ every day,” he said to the reporter at the Sentani Airport, Jayapura District. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Solpap asks the 4th floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Building is open for children learning centre

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Volunteers teach children at the 3rd floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Building. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Naomi Zaelan, the coordinator of Children Learning Center of Solpap (Papuan Traders Solidarity) and Komunitas Jantung Kota said the 4th floor of Pasar Mama-Mama Papua Building must return to the Solpap management.

It ‘s not only because Solpap assists the traditional women traders, but it also fosters their children during their mothers’ activities in the market.

“I’ve been handling the street children for ten years, and they studied at the old market. Now the learning process is taking place on the 3rd floor of the new market, but unfortunately, it is the place where their mothers must sell their commodities. So we ask the government to open the 4th floor both for the Solpap office and children learning centre,” Zaelan told Jubi on Tuesday (07/03/2010).

Further, she explained that currently, the learning centre has children of age groups of 3-16 years. “We have ten classes and twenty voluntary teachers who recruited from the church and other institutions,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Solpap Frengky Warer said until now the 4th-floor sealed by BUMN (State-Owned Enterprise) and Judith Diponegoro from Pokja (Working Group) Papua. “Why the BUMN and Pokja Papua did it is entirely unclear. This building is obviously for Pasar Mama-Mama Papua and handed over to the Jayapura Municipal Government, not to the BUMN,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizer

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