Report juli / aug 2016 Kuyawage West Papua
“Remote School Project Papua” district Kuyawage.
Local conditions, 13 kampongs no electricity
- no wheels, no roads
- no telephone network
- former government buildings not in use
- no hospitals, doctors, fire brigade, police, etc.
- laborious import and export, travel and visit traffic
- by plane or 5 days walking town Tiom
Purpose of the visit
Determine the need for the necessary school materials and we want to be informed about the progress of the 4 year project.
The first Pilot School in kampong Mumé is in use and other 12 other kampong schools are under construction. Establishment of school boards per kampong is in full swing. Teachers from their own community are trained, the level of the teachers is fairly low, which means more training time is needed. All this on the basis of NGO SIL, team of Prof. dr. Joost Pikkert.
At the pilot school, the various groups, from preschool to group 8, have to use one classroom, which makes it difficult to teach. At various schools is still being built and built. Little brothers and sisters younger than 3 years are also brought to school. Pupils are forced to take them with them, otherwise they can not attend school, after all their parents work on land.
It requires a lot of teachers to teach both pre-school students and primary school students at the same time. Simple teaching aids are available, such as puzzles, games, blackboard and wall charts. Teaching materials in Lani language have been developed by SIL and traditional teaching materials are still used to learn bahasa indonesia. TPR curriculum is not yet applied i.v. group composition.
During our visit it became clear soon after discussions with teachers that there was a need for solar lamps, so that the teachers can also work on study and lesson preparation in the evenings. An office space is reserved in the mission post at kampong Mumé. From here the other schools can be managed and administrative work can be carried out. At the mission, training meetings are organized for the teachers and school boards.
To make the office work…there is a need for: notebooks / laptops, solar system for lighting and charging laptops, printer and furniture, etc.
After our visit to Kuyawage and back in Jayapura we were informed by the company of Jaap van der Werf, “Light4All Indonesia” based in Jayapura. After consultation, we made the choice for: 18 solar lamps for the teachers and a solar system for lighting and charging notebooks / laptops for the office. Funded from our project / donation money.
Critera that products have to meet, easy to use, cheap, long life, easy to apply and easy to maintain but also; sufficient capacity, plug and play, sustainability, solid material.
We have bought 2 HP notebooks for the office (taken from the Netherlands) and 2 tablets to experiment with teaching materials. We are very curious how they use it next year. The idea of using tablets instead of books is embraced by the community. After all, transport costs for textbooks are expensive, books have to be updated every other year (is easier on a tablet), not to mention the printing costs of new textbooks + reading books. Tablets also have their own light source.
There is a start and we are enthusiastic together with the SIL team members. We continue to support the project.
Thank you for all the donations!
Fliers & van Grinsven 2016