Tracking VAJ: Driving While Learning History and Culture in Papua – The automotive youth association called Vespa Adventure Jayapura (VAJ) held Napak Tilas Jayapura season 2 in 2022.

The tracking with the theme ‘Preserve and Preserve Historic Sites in Papua for Indonesia’ was held to celebrate the 77th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence, 17 August 2022.

The tracking is conducted by motorbike to historical and cultural sites starting from the Imbi Park in Jayapura City, the Allied Army Landing Monument in Hamadi, the Uncen Museum, a pilgrimage to the Heroes’ Cemetery (TMP) and the Mac Arthur Monument in Jayapura Regency.

A chairman of the Napak Tilas Jayapura Committee, Sunandar said, this activity was the second time after two years that it had not been carried out due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This activity was first carried out in 2020 but due to the pandemic, we can only carry out the Napak Tilas Jayapura activity again this year, but it is a little different from before, because at the end of the trip there is fun camping in Rindam,” said Sunandar, Monday, August 15, 2022.

Sunandar explained, Napak Tilas Jayapura aims to provide information and a positive impression to the public to care for and care for historical sites in Papua, especially in Jayapura City and its surroundings.

“This activity started with our concern for young people in Jayapura who don’t know or even care about the historical and cultural sites in Jayapura. Even today, many historical sites of World War II have started to disappear, because there is no concern for these sites,” he said.

Yunus, an Executive Secretary of Napak Tilas Jayapura, added that this activity was deliberately carried out during the commemoration of the 77th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia to recall the history that had occurred in Jayapura City and its surroundings.

“This activity is not just driving with red and white ornaments, but also has a positive charge. Through this activity we learn history and culture together. We present presenters who are experts in their fields, such as site guards and archaeologists,” said Yunus.

According to Yunus, in Jayapura City, there are still many persons who have never entered the historical site environment. One of the reasons, because it is an area that is guarded and always closed.

“We want this activity to give an impression to the participants, especially young people, to spread positive messages to many people about the importance of protecting historical sites in Papua,” Yunus hoped.

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