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Unable to Afford Speedboat Fare, Students Miss Classes

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About 50 students travelled across the lake every day to town for school using a speedboat - Jubi

About 50 students travelled across the lake every day to town for school using a speedboat – Jubi

Sentani, Jubi – Students living across Lake Sentani have missed classes because they could not afford to pay for speedboat rides.

A speedboat operator at Yahim Quay, Dobonsolo Village, Jayapura Regency, Frengky Ibo, said about 50 students travelled across the lake every day to town for school, paying Rp 2,500 one way or Rp 5,000 return.

“Here the speedboats are mostly privately-owned. There also those donated by Education Office. But this is mine,” he said.

He said the speedboats for the students are separate from speedboats for public transportation. A speedboat can carry up to 15 people.

“When the students want to go to school, they should wait at the quay and we will transport them. The same way goes for the return. We will wait until the last student, because we knew who are going home,” he said.

Those who would stay at the town, he said, would let them know so that they don’t have to be waited.

“We hope in the future the Regional Government would able to donate a special speedboat for the students, like at Yoboi Village that had donation from the school. So if they have their own school transportation,” he said.

A student from Yoboi Village Nesti Alinda Sokoy said because she takes the speedboat to the school, she must get ready at 5:58 Papua time. She, who’s currently the 12th grade at SMA YPPGI Jayapura Regency, said if she run out for money, she would stay at home. “If I cannot go to school, I usually inform my class monitor who will telling my teacher,” 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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