goodmorningpapua.com – A total of 37 junior high school (SMP) students in the Yapen Islands participated in the Story Telling competition to enliven the National Education Day (Hardiknas) which is commemorated every 2 May.
The Story Telling Competition organized by the Yapen Archipelago Library and Archives Service was officially opened by the Regent of Yapen Islands, Tonny Tesar, Thursday, April 28, 2022. This competition also involved 3 judges starting from Sarah Labirin, Marthina Tanawani and Yusuf Moai.
A Regent of Yapen Islands, Tonny Tesar appreciated the holding of the Story Telling competition considered to have an impact on the formation of the character of the younger generation, especially public speaking skills.
According to Tonny Tesar, this competition is also a part of an effort to maintain and improve the values of local wisdom so that they are not lost in the development of the times in the current era of globalization.
“The legends or folklore that we have are almost forgotten by today’s technological advances and this is part of the responsibility of the Regional Library and Archives Service to preserve our culture, one of which is this folklore culture,” said Tonny Tesar.
He hopes that all participants can take advantage of this momentum well as a forum for learning and enriching our knowledge about folklore from the region and taking care of this folklore culture together.
“The message through the short story “Crow and Old Kaka” from Ariogu Yapen Utara is that it is allowed to have different opinions as long as they don’t take justice into their own hands because differences of opinion are part of our lives that need to be respected, he said.
Story Telling is an activity that tells a story or legend that has meaning in the form of advice or trust that is delivered orally or in writing and there are very good messages about the behavior of life towards fellow humans and the natural environment.
The Story Telling Competition was also witnessed by the Chairman of the DPRD Yohanes Raubaba, Expert Staff of the Regent Edy N Mudumi and Assistant II of the Regional Secretariat Oktovianus Ayorbaba.