Sowing the Dreams of Sekolah Taruna Papua Students

26 February 2024

Laura Beanal (16) stands in the yard of the Papua Taruna Boarding School (SATP). That morning felt special for Laura. Together with her friend, Dewi Erakipia (11), they welcomed special guests who visited SATP, early February.

Speaking in fluent and fluent English, Laura (2nd grade of junior high school) and Dewi (5th grade of elementary school) explained about SATP in front of the Deputy for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Vivi Yulaswati and her entourage.

"I want to be a pilot," said Laura when met on the sidelines of Bappenas' visit to SATP. This lover of Indonesian and Mathematics has studied at SATP since grade 1 of elementary school. His mother lives in Banti Village, Tembagapura District and is a native of the Amungme Tribe.

“Laura is a smart child and always enthusiastic, she is one of the outstanding students at SATP. "Currently he is the President of the OSIS," said SATP Principal Johana Tnunay. Johana said, SATP developed the Independent Curriculum which was revealed in the Papuan Contextual Life-Based Curriculum. A curriculum based on real experiences with students will build theoretical knowledge and character as scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.satp

“In this school, 60 percent of the children's activities are practical. We bring abstract theories to practice. "For example, ecology, economics, entrepreneurship, information technology and language," he said. Head of Representative for the Lokon SATP Education Foundation Andreas Ndityomas said that apart from regular lessons, there is an Adaptation Program. In this program, educators explore the competencies of each individual and improve their competencies.

"For example, in the deepening process it turns out that there are those who cannot write or read, then there will be a special session to help improve these skills. "Then the children are also directed to take part in football extracurriculars, marching band, dancing, painting, vocals, making short films, as well as noken making skills," said Andi.

Children in the dormitory also receive good education and nutritional intake. There is also a Health Clinic that monitors children's health conditions. “We want children to be healthy, safe and comfortable while studying at boarding schools. "Moreover, they live far from their parents," said Andi.

Deputy for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources, Vivi Yulaswati, who had a dialogue and looked closely at various activities at SATP, expressed her admiration for the children's learning process. "It's really nice to be among the children at the Papua Taruna Boarding School. For me, this is an extraordinary experience to find a school that is complete and also brings children from various places in Papua. There are at least 7 tribes here," he said. 

Vivi hopes that they will study enthusiastically at SATP and continue their studies to a higher level. "You can't drop out until high school, if you can, go to college, to work together to develop Papua and of course a developed Indonesia," he said.


Meanwhile Senior Vice President Community Development Nathan Kum said that in running the mining business, PTFI pays attention to the development of the Amungme, Kamoro, and 5 related tribes, as well as other Papuan communities.

“SATP is part of the social investment that PTFI has committed to the young generation of Papua. "For us, quality and dignified education for Papuan children is a priority," said Nathan.

Apart from education, PTFI's social investment covers the areas of community empowerment, social culture, sports, infrastructure, health and the economy. For your information, SATP is a dormitory-based school belonging to the Amugme and Kamoro Community Empowerment Foundation (YPMAK) which is managed by the Timika Representative Lokon Education Foundation (YPL). YPMAK manages partnership funds from PT Freeport Indonesia.

The YPMAK institution was established in the context of developing and empowering the Amungme and Kamoro communities as well as five kinship tribes (Dani, Damal, Moni, Mee, and Nduga) in Mimika Regency. Specifically covering the social, humanitarian and religious fields.

Currently there are 1,139 elementary and middle school students, 78 teachers and 77 dormitory supervisors. These children come from around the PTFI mining area, prioritizing the Amungme and Kamoro tribes, as well as 5 other kinship tribes.

The children's tenacity and perseverance in learning paid off. They have achieved a number of achievements. At the Mimika Regency level, they include 2nd place in the Science Olympiad in the field of social studies for elementary school level, 1st place in Porseni in the Futsal sport for elementary-middle school, 2nd place in the running competition, and favorite winner in the short film competition with the theme Religious Tolerance.

At the national level, the children also showed achievements in various fields, including Menpora Cup Favorite Champion for Marching Band, Wushu in Bandung, First and Second Runner-up in the Wushu Championship for the national beginner class in Bandung.

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