26 May 2023
PAPUA: A small blue rental boat carrying a group of teenagers was sailing peacefully across the sea. These young people, confidently making their journey towards one of the outermost islands in eastern Indonesia, could be heard laughing and singing together to the beautiful tune of a ukulele, with the sound of the wind and the wave in the background.
They are in high spirits despite the scorching sun, on a mission to reduce illiteracy among children in Mansinam Island and other remote areas of West Papua as volunteers of the Papua Future Project.
Located about six kilometers from Manokwari District, Mansinam Island is a natural wonder with its pristine and breathtaking hills, beaches, and underwater scenery. The island is also a famous tourist destination for its historical values and strong traditions. But behind it all, children on the island of fewer than 800 inhabitants still lack access to educational resources.
To address this problem, Bhrisco Jordy Dudi Padatu initiated a project-based youth group called the Papua Future Project, which focuses on introducing literacy skills and tutoring illiterate Papuan children in the borderline frontier, the outermost and underdeveloped (3T) regions.
“Education is fundamental in improving the quality of human resources. Through the Papua Future Project, we want to provide equal opportunities for children to access education and reduce illiteracy rates in indigenous communities in West Papua for the advancement of Papua in the future,” said Jordy.
Since its establishment in 2020, Papua Future Project has consistently taught children not only basic skills like counting, reading and writing but also topics such as health, the environment, personal development and climate change. The curriculum is contextual, using materials that relate to their daily lives and local values. The lessons are fun and playful so as not to overwhelm the children.
With the motto “Every Child Matters,” Jordy and his Papua Future Project team aim to give children in Papua inclusive access to education and health. They volunteer to tutor children weekly for free. They also expand their reach to other remote areas in Papua, where they set up reading corners and donate books to promote literacy in villages.
The Papua Future Project program has reached 13 villages and 700 children in West Papua and Southwest Papua provinces, with the help of 250 volunteers and young people from all over Indonesia who joined online or in person.
These contributions to the community made Jordy, who has had a passion for education since high school, selected as the winner of the 2022 Semangat Astra Terpadu Untuk (SATU) Indonesia Awards in the Education category from Astra.
Jordy’s next plan is to make Papua Future Project a training center for young Papuans who want to develop education in their areas. He wants to teach them about community development, curriculum and advocacy so they too can provide better and more inclusive education for local children in the future.
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