An Inclusion Education for Marind-Papuan Children Dropping Out of School –  The Principal of State Senior High School (SMAN) I Merauke, Sergius Womsiwor, is in collaboration with the Merauke Police Chief, Adjunct Senior Commissioner of Police (AKBP) Untung Sangaji, as well as Bupul Police and Kurik Police for conducting an inclusion education services.

The inclusion education services are held starting from the concerns about the world of education experienced and felt by Marind-Papuan children who live in villages. Where, the dropout rate among Marind-Papuan children, especially at the junior high school (SMP) level, is very high.

“I just took samples in Baat Village, Malind District. Around 40 children there drop out of junior high school. That’s just in one village, not yet another village,” said Sergius, when met by a number of journalists in his office, Monday (9/8/2021).

Sergius Womsiwor said that the education service implemented was face-to-face with students. While the subjects or materials of learning still refer to the 2013 education curriculum. However, the teaching and learning process is conducted in the opened, not in a closed, room like on the terrace of the house or under a tree.

In addition to the material provided, he explained, it also provides motivation about the real benefits of education. The teaching and learning process is not rigid, but flexible.

Womsiwor added that inclusion education services initially only run at two points in the city area, targeting children who inhale aibon glue and scavengers.

However, five more points have now been added, initiated by the Head of the Bupul Sector Police, Kurik Police Chief, and the Chair of the Merauke General Election Commission (KPU), Theresia Mahuze, in collaboration with the Catholic Church in the Kuper area and its surroundings.

For the implementation of teaching and learning activities, he explained, it could be once, two, up to three times a week. But if it’s only once a week, it’s not enough. Because from his experience, after conducting trials with out-of-school children in a number of villages, the ability to write and read was still very low.

Sergius Womsiwor admits that managing an inclusion education services in villages is quite difficult. Because it definitely requires educational facilities and funding. He explained that what is being carried out now, in collaboration with the Merauke Police, is the hope of the Head of the Papua Province Education Office continuing to aggressively encourage SMAN 1 Merauke to become an inclusion service, after the decree is pocketed.

He also hopes for the intervention of the Regent of Merauke, Romanus Mbaraka, regarding financial support so that this program can run well and smoothly in a number of villages. Because, those who drop out of school at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels are Marind-Papuan children.

He again suggested a government under the leadership of Romanus Mbaraka-H. Riduwan so that with the authority he has, allocate village funds in each village for education costs for out-of-school children, through sustainable inclusion education services. One of the teachers accompanying the scavengers and aibon glue suckers, Polikarpus Boli, admitted that every day teaching and learning activities were carried out in the afternoon for the dozens of children at YPK Emasu Elementary School.

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