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Bridging drops out children with Papua Learning Movement

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GPM activity in Buper Waena – Jubi/Agus PabikaG

Jayapura, Jubi – “Mom leaves home for gardening at 5 in the morning when we are the children are still sleeping. When I woke up, I found out there was no breakfast, felt hungry but was already late. So what else should I do except going to school even though I am hungry? But I have to walk. After school, I must cook our lunch, just rice and it’s enough as long as we have salt and oil. They say it’s not good for our health…hahahaha (laughing), but I don’t care. My stomach is what I care more.”

This short article written by Eva, a girl from Jayapura who tells about her sister and her experience to be left home by their mother when she works in the garden and then sells their harvested crops in the market has posted on the blog “papuamengajar.blogspot. Eva is one of the dozens of children who attend the learning activity initiated by Gerakan Papua Mengajar (GPM – a teaching movement community).
At GPM, every child with a different background study in one room where they learn drawing, counting, listening folktales, reading, laughing and having fun together.
GPM is a voluntary based community that established in 2013 to provide free education for children from the low-income family. “We found many of dropout school children playing around the markets and terminals,” said Alex Giay, a teacher as well as one of the founders.
So far, GPM has accommodated free education for 65 children aged up to 15. They conduct learning activities in two locations, three days in Buper and three days in Kotaraja and open from 15.30 to 18.00 at Papua time. Children often learn on the porch of a house or church.
They also divide children into three learning groups. Level one is consisting of pre-school aged and first-grade children who generally illiterate. So that in this group, they learn basic maths and the alphabet.
Meanwhile, level two is for those who already know how to read and count but need to advance their skills. They are generally the first and third-grade elementary students. Then, those who have advanced reading and counting skills join the level three. They are mostly the pupils of fourth grade and junior high schools.
According to Giay, GPM is also a response to their concern towards the condition of children who become victims of urban development; their parents work whole days from morning till evening for a living which often left children without supervision. As a result, they become less educated.  “We pay attention to suburban children who often marginalised from development,” he said.
As it is a voluntary based movement, teachers come from different backgrounds including fresh graduate and voluntarily teach the children. Sometimes, GPM invites journalists or writers to teach children how to write a poem, short stories or their experience.
Meanwhile, those who learn at GPM are not only dropped out of school children but also those who are still studying in formal schools like Elvius Wakur. This 13-year-old boy goes to SMP YPPK Padang Bulan from morning till mid-day and joins the class at GPM in the afternoon.
“Later I want to be a teacher so that I can teach children like my teachers of GPM,” said Elvius who admits he loves reading folktales and counting.
During their five years activities, Giay observed there is no serious action taken by the government such as rehabilitates drops out children to school. “So far the government has no special attention to drops out children, they focus more on formal education. Up to now, none of these children has returned to school,” he said.
It’s ironic to compare his statement with the achievement of Jayapura Municipal Government as child-friendly city awarded by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection and Family Planning in a luxury place in Surabaya in July this year. (*)
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Meeting postponed, ‘exodus’ students still wait to see Papua Governor

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The Chairperson of Papuan People’s Assembly Matius Murib during a dialogue with the exodus students’ group at his office’s lawn, Jayapura, Thursday (9/1/2020). -Jubi/Courtesy Papuan People’s Assembly

Jayapura, Jubi – The exodus students’ goal to meet and have a dialogue with Papua Governor and the Chairs of Papuan House of Representatives and Papuan People’s Assembly on Thursday (16/1/2020) had not yet materialized. The Chairperson of Papuan People’s Assembly Timotius Murib, who set up the meeting, announced it has to postpone.

“Last week the students asked [to meet the governor and the House of Representative’s chairperson on] Thursday. But we asked them to wait for the governor to schedule the meeting,” Murib told Jubi in Jayapura on Thursday.

Following the mob’s persecution and racism taunt towards Papuan students in Surabaya on respective 16 and 17 August 2019, thousands of Papuan students studying in various Indonesian regions, have returned home to Papua in exodus wave. The seizure and persecution by security forces and local mobs to their boarding houses and accommodation drove the feeling of unsecured amongst the Papuan students. Therefore, many of them decided to discontinue their study and return home to Papua.

The Papua Police Chief estimated that the number of exodus students coming from various tertiary institutions from external Papua reaches three thousand. By contrast, the Central Post of Exodus Students in Jayapura said their current number is six thousand.

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On January 2020, 146 people identified themselves as members of the Central Post of Exodus Students came to the office of Papua’s People Assembly asking the Chairperson Timotius Murib to schedule a meeting with the governor Lukas Enembe and the chairperson of Papuan House of Representative Jhony Banua Row. They said that they wanted to convey their statement regarding the issue of racism towards Papuans through this setup.

The meeting previously scheduled for taking place on Thursday this week, but Murib said it had to postpone due to further acknowledgement from the governor. Furthermore, he said his office (Papuan People’s Assembly) would notify the students if the Papuan Governor is already in Papua because the Governor Enembe also wants to meet the exodus students. Even the governor has tried several times to meet the exodus students but continued to reject by the students.

“In 2019, [when the case of] racism increased, the governor came to Surabaya to meet the students but failed [to meet. After the governor] arrived in Papua, he [had] invited [the exodus students in a meeting], but the students rejected it,” said Murib.

Now, the representatives of the Central Post of Exodus Students asked for a meeting with the Papuan Governor. Personally, Murib said he hopes the meeting would immediately happen. He said it is crucial because it contains the issue of the future of these students, those who expected to become the foundation of Papua’s future.

“Education is more important, because [education will become an investment] of their future and this nation. Therefore, we are waiting for the governor to set up the meeting with the students,” said Murib.

In the meantime, Kaitanus Ikinia from the Central Post of Exodus Students confirmed that the students already received notification about this postponement. “Today is cancelled. [We knew] after communicating with the Papuan People’s Assembly,” Ikinia texted Jubi on Thursday. (*)

 

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Police investigate firearms trafficking from Lumajang to Papua

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Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw (far left) accompanies the Governor of Papua and members of the Regional Coordination Leaders Forum while attending the anniversary of Puncak Jaya Regency in Mulia – Jubi / Jean Bisay

Surabaya, Jubi – The Regional Police of East Java admitted their investigation on illegal firearms trafficking from Lumajang, East Java to insurgent groups in Papua.

“We have direct contact with the local police to analyse firearms trafficking cartels in this area. Our concern that some irresponsible groups misuse it,” said Police Commissioner Gidion Arif Setyawan, the Special Crime Investigation Chief at East Java Regional Police, in his office on Monday (13/1/2020).

 The investigation, he continued, is still ongoing. He said the police also concern about this finding because insurgent groups used to have high calibre weapons.

“Especially high calibre firearms. If 4.5 calibre riffles might not be high, but we need vigilant with above 6.5 or 9 calibre weapons. Some regional police offices have agreed to follow up this issue,” he said.

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Previously, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paul Waterpauw suspected the distribution of firearms and ammunition in his territory were from international and domestic dealings.

“Indeed, we have information that those firearms not only come from domestic sellers but also from abroad. There are indications that it comes through the border area, and from the Philippines via North Maluku, Sorong, West Papua Province into Papua. This route what we are tracking now,” he said in Timika on Monday (13/1) as quoted from Antara.

Further, he stated that he also received information about firearms assembled in Lumajang, East Java, had distributed to Papua.

The similar issue had once been revealed by some police officers from the East Java Regional Police some time ago. (*)

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PLI launch a new campus in West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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Vanimo, Jubi – Papua Language Institute (PLI) officially launch a new branch in West Sepik Province.  A higher education service in Papua New Guinea has a similar vision with the PLI, which aims to reach educational service in all regions.

“Through our institution, we want to build collaboration to support the people of Papua and Papua New Guinea in learning English and Bahasa Indonesia,” Samuel Tabuni, the founder of Papua Language Institute told reporters in West Sepik on Friday, (13/12/2019).

Tabuni further admitted his institution has collaborated with a higher educational service in Papua New Guinea for two years before the launching. This collaboration is not only focused on language learning development but also other business.

“Papua and Papua New Guinea are families. But because of the language barrier, it hampers our communication and relationship. Therefore, we launch a branch of PLI here,” said Tabuni.

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According to him, the provincial government of Papua has built good diplomatic relations with PNG. But, it needs to further transform this diplomatic relationship into an institution that can facilitate business, economy, and education. He believes that the international branch of PLI would not only launch in Vanimo, but there are also possibilities to launch in some border regions.

Furthermore, Tabuni hopes that the collaboration between the people of PNG and Papua can support the economic development of both areas and improve people’s livelihood.

“We hope there would be further collaboration in other sectors. Therefore, we can achieve better development and address poor communication, told Tabuni.

A student of PLI, Samuel Womsiwor, acknowledge the launching of PLI branch office in PNG. According to him, this international branch would enable students in PNG to exchange learning information with Papuan students to improve their intellectual skills.

“It’s very beneficial to improve the livelihood of people in Melanesian region as well as in Pacific,” said Womsiwor (*).

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