Leonardus Tumuka , A First Doctor of Kamoro-Papua Tribe

goodmorningpapua.com-Kamoro are one of the tribes located in the southern coastal region of Papua Province, precisely in Mimika Regency. From this tribe, a proud achievement appears, wherein one of the sons of the region got success to be the first Doctor.

Yes, that figure is Dr. Leonardus Tumuka, the first Doctor from the Kamoro Tribe who finished his postgraduate studies (S3) at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines, in 2015.

There is something interesting about the achievements of the son of the Kamoro Tribe. Apparently, Leonardus Tumuka was one of the recipients of a scholarship from the Directorate General of General Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture from 2002 to 2005.

In a conversation in Timika, Wednesday (2/6) 2021, Leo, as he is usually called, said that in 2002, after finishing his education at the YPPK Santo Bernadus Middle School in Timika, he was selected along with 71 other Papuan sons and daughters to be sent to various high schools on the Java Island.

He and four of his colleagues continued their education at SMA Negeri 2 Madiun, East Java.

“We have 72 people from all over Papua sent to Java. There are 15 of us in Madiun, 5 of them, including myself, are in SMA Negeri 2 Madiun. His other colleagues are scattered in various cities, some are in Jombang, Gresik, Sidoarjo, Solo, Ambarawa, and even Jakarta,” he said.

The provision of education on the Java Islan was apparently very helpful for Leo and his colleagues to be able to move to a higher level of education.

“I am grateful to participate in the affirmation program and 72 of us were placed in excellent schools on the Java Island, where the average student is all intelligent. Getting into a top school on the Java Island is certainly a tough challenge for us from Papua,” said the man who was born in Koperapoka Village, Mimika, on July 20, 1984.

After graduating from SMA Negeri 2 Madiun, Leo continued his undergraduate studies (S1) to the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Pasundan, Bandung, until graduating in 2009.

At the beginning of college, Leo admitted that he depended on his parents for a living who only worked as odd farmers.

While studying, he worked as a salesman or salesperson.

Getting into the 5th semester, Leo received a BBM scholarship from the Bandung Regency Government because he was a student from an underprivileged family.

Furthermore, he received scholarship assistance from the Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Institute (LPMAK) which has now changed its name to YPMAK until the strata two (S2) level at Soegiyapranoto Catholic University, Semarang until graduating in 2011, and was even able to continue his studies to the  strata three ( S-3) in the Philippines.

Leo said that with the many scholarship offers provided by the current government to indigenous Papuan children, especially through the affirmation program from the fund source of Papua Special Autonomy (Otsus), it should motivate the young Papuan generation to achieve proud academic achievements.

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