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Serious shortage of teachers in West Papua

Cenderawasih Pos, 6 October 2008 translated by TAPOL

Responding to a statement by the Minister of Education, Bambang Sudibiyo, that Indonesia has far too many teachers, Manuel Wetapo SE, member of Commission C of the DPRP (Papuan Regional Assembly) said that if this is the case, people at the centre need to take a look at the situation in Papua where many regions which have plenty of school buildings suffer from a serious shortage of teachers; in some places there are no teachers at all.

‘Many people complain about the lack of teachers and are asking why this is so,’ he said.

He said that during a recent trip to the Central Highlands, he found that of the 133 state schools in the area, some have so few teachers that the children fill their school time playing or working. because they gave nothing to do. Continue reading

Indonesia Papua forests seen under palm oil threat

Very important environmental news from REUTERS Wed Oct 8, 2008 8:13am EDT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia must do more to save pristine rainforests in Papua from destruction, particularly with plans to open up huge tracts of land to develop palm oil plantations, environmentalists said on Wednesday.

The rapidly expanding palm oil industry in Southeast Asia has come under attack by green groups for destroying rainforests and wildlife, as well the emission of greenhouse gases. Continue reading

Free West Papua Campaign

A very interesting and shocking notes on Free West Papua Campaign by Free West Papua should be read by Papuan from all walk of life. Here is the lead paragraph:

I feel so sad when an activist of Free West Papua Campaign asked me to stop writing in my own blog because my position is in opposite to the Oxford based Free West Papua Campaign. I also feel sorry for Richard Samuelson attitude because he has been running away from my challenge to explain his position in Free West Papua Campaign. We as papuan are very pleased that there is sincere attention from foreign citizen like Samuelson. However, we should be sure that the attention will create a better understanding. In contrast to the people expectation, Richard Samuelson is always provoking conflict without even thinking about the consequences.

For the rest of the notes please read Free West Papua Campaign