Jayapura , 4/4 ( Jubi ) – Senior Program Manager – Scholarship and Volunteering Unit Development Cooperation , Pingkan Umboh said Australia Award scholarships to Indonesia has been run for 60 years and recorded only 80 people from Papua who got the scholarship.
” Australia Award has been 60 years and produced 7000 graduates throughout Indonesia and only 80 people from Papua awarded, ” Umboh said in in front of the students, civil servants (PNS) and the community, in the main hall of the autonomous office, Kotaraja, Jayapura city on Thursday (3/4).
Andini Mulyawati, scholarship outreach officer said , there are two categories of areas, general and geographic focus areas including Aceh, Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The applicants who are from these five areas will be prioritized.
Further information related to the selection process and other details of the terms can be checked on website : www.australiaawardsindo.org / www.australiaawards.gov.au.
Secretary of Training Agency in Papua, D Sewo Yohanes represented the Governor of Papua, stated that it is important to prepare human resources who are prepared to compete in today’s era.
” Currently, Papua needs someone who creative and innovative, comprehensive knowledge , information and extensive social networks to support vision and mission of the Governor and Deputy Governor of Papua ” Yohanes explained.
He hopes anyone who live in Papua could take this chance.
Jeni Karay, one of the participants expressed her appreciation for the socialization of Australia Award.
” We ( Papuan students) should take this opportunity if we want to compete with other friends in Indonesia, ” she said.
Other participant, Felix Degei added that this socialization should also be held in other cities in Papua, so that more people can participate.
Australia Award 2014 scholarship application is still open until July 18, 2014. ( Jubi / Mecky Wetipo/ Tina)
Meeting postponed, ‘exodus’ students still wait to see Papua Governor
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.
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. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Police investigate firearms trafficking from Lumajang to Papua
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.
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. (*)
Reporter: Jean Bisay
Editor: Pipit Maizer
PLI launch a new campus in West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
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.
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 (*).
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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