The Future of Education in Papua Is a Shared Responsibility – Education is a process of learning knowledge or abilities and skills possessed by a person. Education is the obligatory right of every citizen, that is, every citizen has the right to convey and share his knowledge and acquire knowledge.

It is stated in the 1945 Constitution Article 31 Paragraph 1 that “Every citizen has the right to education”. The government also issued a policy in the 12-year compulsory education program. However,  in reality, the lack of infrastructure and support in the field of education makes this government program not suitable for people in remote areas such as Papua.

In 2022 for the sake of the commemoration of National Education Day, with the theme given from the center is “Simultaneously, Move to Realize an Independent Learning” it means that education is our shared duty, and from the evaluation for 1 year, namely from May 1, 2021 to May 1, 2022, the problem of education in Papua is still a big problem and is still struggling with it.

Admittedly, the problem of education cannot exist alone, at least there must be teachers, there must be students, there must be infrastructure, and the environment is the first problem related to education in Papua.

The second problem dealt with education in Papua is Human Resources (HR), where we have a problem with teachers, we have a dropout problem, 17 percent of children drop out of school in Papua, 27 percent are illiterate in Papua and I convey this to the Governor of Papua so that he can become a PR for the districts/cities in Papua.

In addition to these two problems, the environment also has a big role in influencing education in Papua today, where specifically in Papua there are almost 30,000 companies, but only 14 percent of which have a contribution to the world of education in Papua.

There are still schools that are located within large Papuan companies, but do not receive special attention from these companies. This means that the environment does not provide support.

Recognized, a lot of homework for education in Papua is being fought together, therefore today’s theme states that whoever he is has a shared responsibility to build education in Papua.

The author gives awards to 8 nominees, namely, outstanding employees during the covid-19 period, outstanding teachers during the covid-19 period, teachers who died in their duties during the covid-19 period, religious institutions that contributed to education during the covid-19 period.

It is also the Regional governments concerned with education during the Covid-19 period, NGOs and institutions that support education during the Covid-19 period, print and electronic media that care about education during the Covid-19 period, and retired ASN Education Office during the Covid-19 period.

It is very important to pay attention to and improve education services properly in order to improve the quality of human resources better.

Commemorating the national education day is marked by various changes that occur and have a very broad and deep impact on all dimensions of the life of the nation and state.

The Covid-19 period greatly affected the teaching and learning process, which was originally done face-to-face, now it must be replaced with non-face-to-face.

We need to learn from developed countries, mainly in terms of the progress in education development that they are currently getting due to a long and most interesting struggle and what we focus on is setting education as a sector that to determine success in the future.

Author: Yunus Gobai (a native child of the Mee tribe liveing on the outskirts of Lake Paniai)

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