An Affirmation Education Program in Papua Takes High Interests of the Papua Province Education, Library and Regional Archives Office, Christian Sohilait, said the enthusiasm of the community and students in Bumi Cenderawasih who took part in the Secondary Education Affirmation (ADEM) and Higher Education Affirmation (ADIK) programs in 2021 was fairly well.

“So, on average, each district and city sends 12 students, although some are below, some areas are quite high in number,” said Christian, Monday, June 21, 2021.

This is based on the high number of registrants. According to Christian, for the City and Regency in Jayapura, each number of registrants reached 121 people and above 40 people.

‚ÄúThis proves that the socialization that we have done get success. Wherein children’s interest in participating in the ADIK and ADEM programs is increasing from year to year,” he continued.

The high number of registrants this year, Christian admits, has made it difficult for his party to accommodate every participant, either from districts or cities throughout Papua.

“This year, the quota for the ADIK and ADRM programs reaches 450 people each,” he said.

Christian added that these two programs are prioritized for children with low economic abilities, so they can continue to enjoy education like children in Indonesia in general.

“We also remind that there is no practice of Corruption, Collusion and Nepotism (KKN) in the registration of ADIk and ADEM programs in districts and cities throughout Papua,” he concluded.

To note, for increasing access and equal distribution of educational opportunities for all levels of Indonesian society, the government is conducting a scholarship program known as the Affirmation Program.

This program opens the widest possible opportunities for all children living in 3T (Front, Outermost and Disadvantaged) areas, Papuan natives (OAP) from Papua and West Papua as well as children of Indonesian Migrant Workers who work abroad so that they can enjoy higher education at the university, and the ultimate goal is to produce quality human resources who can contribute to regional and national development.

The ADIK program has been carried out since 2014, and in 2021, the quota for Papua Province is 631 people, consisting of 350 general OAP selection persons, 256 ADEM Program students graduating and continuing to the ADIK Program and 25 Independent Persons.

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