Providing Entrepreneurship Training to Papuan Youth, a Social Minister Prepares the Sustainable Mentoring

goodmorningpapua.com – A Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini motivates young people from Papua to create an effort endlessly. With the entrepreneurship training given today, the Minister of Social Affairs hopes to provide them with economical emancipation when they return to their hometowns.

For this reason, the Minister of Social Affairs ensures that he will provide mentoring for the training participants. “I will not ignore my friends. We will often go there. Later we will provide the mentoring so that you can be economically independent,” said the Minister of Social Affairs, in a written statement in Jakarta, Monday (12/13/2021).

This was conveyed by the Minister of Social Affairs at the opening of the Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) activity for Vocational Guidance and Leather Packaging Entrepreneurship at the Center for Social Welfare Education and Training (BBPPKS) in Bandung, today.

On this occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs stated that this training was initiated by a request from a young man from Mamberamo Regency. The request was made when the Minister of Social Affairs visited the Faculty of Engineering, Cendrawasih University (Uncen), Jayawijaya (12/11).

“This training was originally a request from a resident of Mamberamo. He said that the area has a lot of crocodiles. Apart from being consumed, the skin can also be processed so that it has economical value,” said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Here, in the training in Bandung, they are trained to process leather products, namely making bags, belts, wallets and so on. She emphasized that this training is an early stage. In the future, various trainings are being prepared such as training on crocodile breeding, packaging, marketing, and so on. This leather processing training is a Phase II training, for Phase I training has already taken place in Papua, November 2021.

“Today the training is being held here because Bandung is a place to develop aspects of creativity and get closer to market access,” said the Minister of Social Affairs.

She emphasized that the processing of leather products is an industry that requires creativity. “You have to be able to comply the trend. Now the trend is sneakers. Can sneakers be made from crocodile skin? It should be possible. The experts are in Bandung,” explained the Minister of Social Affairs.

Meanwhile, Garut is known for the sheep and cow leather tanning centers. “In Papua soon I will help with cattle and sheep farming training,” he said.

On that occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs motivated them to use this opportunity to develop himself. “God is just and doesn’t discriminate. It’s up to us whether we want to or not to move forward. If today is the same as yesterday, we are the losers,”affirmed the Minister of Social Affairs.

Armed with training, the Minister of Social Affairs emphasized that Papuans are able to develop the very rich natural potential in Papua.

Training is also being simultaneously developed in other areas. In Batam, the Ministry of Social Affairs held training on salt processing by the Anak Laut Tribe, processing shallots into pasta, processing beef sei for flood victims in NTT, and training for residents of raised beds in Jakarta.

“The goal is for underprivileged communities to increase their financial capacity so that they don’t just rely on social assistance,” he said.

The training participants in the second batch were 25 people from Papua Province, 5 people each from Mimika Regency, Merauke Regency, Mamberamo Regency, Jayapura City, and from the Human Resources Development Center of the Indonesia Cross Cultural Institute (ICCI) Jayapura.

A total of 2 people from Balai Soeharso Surakarta and another 56 people from 28 from the Social Rehsos Center of the Ministry of Social Affairs so that the second wave was attended by 83 participants. If you add 30 participants in Session I, a total of 113 people have attended the training.

Armed with knowledge and skills, training participants are expected to also have the skills to increase economic independence. Arriving back to their hometown, they are expected to be able to create their own jobs. This training is also an opportunity to generate mentors. Through them, it is hoped that they can sharpen other talents in Papua by training other youths in their areas of origin.

Present as a speaker in this training is the Special Staff of the Minister of Social Affairs, Luhur Budijarso, who will provide an injection of motivation to the participants. Mentors from BBPPKS Bandung were also dispatched to share additional knowledge such as marketing and self-confidence to succeed.

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