Regional development has a significant impact on West Papua. It aims to increase regional competitiveness, economic growth, social inequality, and welfare. For this reason, education is the main focus of change in West Papua. Although there are many obstacles and obstacles, the best solution can help the development of education.
Educational Development Analysis
Education is a means of preparing human resources to advance Papua. Education plays an essential role in alleviating poverty in Indonesia. The focus of education can provide skills to the community to achieve their potential optimally. Implementing remote area education is the first step in overcoming the cultural gap through learning in schools.
The development of the education sector in Papua has a strategic role following the amendments to the Constitution. Therefore, the government prioritizes the development of education in the Papua region. Furthermore, education levels have specific classifications – elementary school, junior high school, and high school.
Education Challenges in Papua
Developments in education persist in increasing, such as in the Papua region. In fact, education in Papua crawls behind slightly compared to other provinces in Indonesia. Some of the main obstacles are having more than 200 regional languages, remote conditions and places of residence. At the same time, many residents have a low economy.
It is undeniable that many highlands in West Papua are challenging to reach. Even some rural locations can be accessed by airplane, and these are very expensive. It is one of the reasons the teachers lack enthusiasm for living there. The geographical location combined with the absence of infrastructure for teaching has made the development of education slower.
The Government Efforts for Better Education in Papua
Education in Papua lags slightly behind other provinces in Indonesia – both in terms of student learning and digital infrastructure. In recent years, the region’s Technology Development and Human Resources Development Index has consistently been the lowest in the country. In fact, the percentage of households in Papua that have internet access is the lowest.
Interestingly, the challenge of internet facilities is precisely the right moment to develop educational technology in Papua. As a result, the government is making maximum efforts to increase awareness among educators about the importance of using technology. In addition, the availability of digital infrastructure has begun to be considered significantly.
Although the digital infrastructure in West Papua is inadequate, there are various indications that educational technology is increasing sharply in this region. It is an excellent opportunity to develop Indonesia’s education sector. In addition, schools and local governments can also train teachers to utilize educational technology through collaboration with various institutions.
Solution for Education in Papua
The central government continues to accelerate the improvement and distribution of education in Papua. Several programs that have an essential focus are the provision of one-roof boarding schools. It provides an educational model that can increase school enrollment rates. In addition, the government has massively built junior high schools depending on geographical conditions.
Not only that, but intervention in providing schools in remote areas is a priority. You can see this from the connectivity through schools that do not have electricity. At the same time, the provision of the internet is also a priority for the development of education in Papua in the digital era. For these reasons, it formed several committees and teams to accelerate education.
Then in the implementation of the West Papua contextual curriculum, the focus is based on local content and regional languages. This step is very effective in helping teaching and learning activities in Papua. One curriculum that helps education is the hunter curriculum, the rural community curriculum, and the urban community curriculum.
Meanwhile, facilities for access to education for marginalized groups have also become the central government’s focus after anal education. You can see this with the existence of affirmative secondary education scholarships and Indonesian smart cards to Putra Papua. In addition, the government also openly facilitates public support in advancing education – such as partnerships.
With all these efforts, it is necessary to have an extraordinary approach to increase the distribution of education in Papua. The government’s task is to carry out accurate coordination to manage primary education, early childhood education, and informal secondary education. All parties involved must support each other for the development of Papuan education.
To support the success of education in Papua, the government also asks to maximize secondary education and special education management. It provides a practical opportunity to develop education in West Papua. Plus, the government also supports by building new schools complete with road infrastructure, electricity, and access to information.
Indonesia strives to provide good quality education for all its people. Although there are many challenges, the government provides free services for all citizens up to grade 9. With this in mind, they also collaborate with other parties on optimal efforts. Plus, the government takes serious actions that can help the development of education.