The Use of Traditional Language and Attributes in Papuan Educational Institutions Is the Implementation of Otsus – The using of regional languages ​​as mother tongues and the use of traditional attributes, both hats and nokens in schools, is one of the implementations and colors of special autonomy (otsus) implemented in the world of education in Papua.

“The application of local content and traditional attributes in this school is the color of Papua’s special autonomy. Here the role of educators must be seen how to educate students to love local languages ​​and traditional attributes, both hats and nokens,” said Jayapura Regent, Mathius Awoitauw, SE, M.Si, in a speech shortly before launching local content and traditional attributes at SD Inpres Abeale. 1 and SD Inpres Abeale 2, Jayapura.

According to Awoitauw, teachers should open their horizons more widely as educators about regional languages ​​and traditional products through educational institutions as a way to love language and culture while maintaining their identity.

Education, he said, does not just take place in the classroom. Nor is it limited in a derfined space by any barriers. Education needs collaboration, cooperation with various parties along with the joint movement regarding independent learning.

The launch of traditional attributes, both hats and nokens to become local content, is a new history in Jayapura Regency. Teachers or educators have started to provide new insights to students. Teachers have realized that the original identity or culture is the basis for building attitudes, behavior in students now and in the future.

“Today we are opening new horizons for children, schools and related institutions in Papua. We must realize that we are currently in the era of special autonomy. We have passed 20 years and now we are looking forward to another 20 years. Otsus is about protection and partiality, and empowering Papuans according to their identity,” said Awoitauw further.

Therefore, what was done in the Launching of Customary Attributes (Hats and Nokens) Local Content of Mother Language at the Inpres Abeale 1 Elementary School and Abeale 2 Inpres Elementary School Sentani, gave the impression and color to special autonomy.

“Now people only talk about Otsus everywhere, but its contents do not appear in daily practice. For this reason, this activity is our part to give special autonomy. We continue to echo it to other schools, “added Awoitauw.

The government and indigenous peoples throughout Indonesia have also given a special moment in October where the VI Congress of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (KMAN) will be held and Jayapura Regency as the host.

“From Abeale Elementary School we will continue to develop in other schools how we will continue to develop it again in other schools. How this atmosphere is maintained in the school environment at all levels. There are certain days we use regional languages ​​and attributes as a form of loving Papuan culture and customs,” he said.

Jayapura Regency has started this by providing birth to traditional villages and traditional schools so that it is hoped that local content in schools will become a necessity and continue to be developed so that there is an atmosphere where people can learn and speak their mother tongue.

“This is our the future target. This process has been running and we will continue to tidy it up so that it really becomes a model not only in Jayapura Regency but also in Papua,” said Awoitauw.

The Regent also said that until now there have been delegates from various regencies and cities in Indonesia visiting Jayapura Regency to see traditional villages and schools for reference. Therefore, all matters related to the implementation of Otsus become the homework of all parties to contribute to improving the school and community environment.

On that occasion, his part gave appreciation to the teachers of SD Inpres Abeale 1 and SD Inpres Abeale 2 Sentani, representatives of teachers and students from various schools, representatives of the Language Center, NGO leaders, directors of traditional schools, and the Jayapura Regency Education Office who faithfully paid attention to schools so that they remain to be Papuan.

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