GGD and Adem Programs are Endeavors in Overcoming Educational Problems in Papua

EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE BENCHMARKS OF THE PROGRESS OF A NATION’S CIVILIZATION. WITH PLANNING, MANAGEMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF GOOD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, A NATION WILL THEN BE SUPERIOR. PAPUA IS NO EXCEPTION; EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE KEYS IN DEVELOPING AND ADVANCING THE PEOPLE OF PAPUA.

Basically, educational issues have many dimensions that are related to each other. Among them are the curriculum, facilities and infrastructure, teacher’s capabilities and so forth. However, in Papua, the problem becomes more complicated due to the fact that infrastructure factors are still limited by the number of isolated villages, and the lack of educators. All this resulted into a limited access to education for children in Papua.

The Frontline Teacher Program (GGD) is one of the government’s efforts to address educational problems occurring in Papua. The program is handled by the Ministry of Education and Culture in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform, as well as the local government. The goal is to create an even distribution of educational services throughout Indonesia through the distribution of educators or teachers.

The government wants educational services in all parts of Indonesia to have the same quality in order to avoid wide inequality and gap.

The GGD program is a breakthrough in order to improve and create parity in the quality of educators. Through this program, the government has allocated 3,500 teachers to be assigned in Papua, West Papua, Aceh, and Maluku to replace junior and senior high school graduate teachers spread in various rural areas.

These teachers are encouraged to provide a good mental character education to students, where children in remote areas or border areas should be proud of Indonesia.
Especially for Papua, in addition to the GGD program, the government is also continuing the Secondary Education Affirmation program (Adem), which is an affirmative program for Papuan and West Papuan youths to continue education in a number of areas such as Java and Bali.

The Adem program has been carried out since 2013 and has sent around 3,000 students to attend high school or vocational education in Yogyakarta, East Java, West Java, Central Java, Banten, and Bali.

Tabloid West Papua
No. 004 Tahun I - 15 Februari - 14 Maret 2017

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