We regularly receive reports about the educational situation in Papua. It is a sad picture.
Primary education is qualitatively below the pedagogical and didactic standard, certainly inland. Regularly, teachers do not show up but do collect their salary every month. When final tests have to be taken, money and personal preferences play a role in whether or not to give a positive test result.
Students in higher and academic education identify misconduct at all levels of the education system. They are faced with sudden payment requests to participate in exams and for the use of research tools and laboratories. Exams are sometimes postponed for no reason, after which you simply have to re-register and pay again. Students often do not speak up. Kickbacks, absence and administrative misconduct: unfortunately, this characterizes the environment in which the young student has to find his/her way.
Our scholarship coordinator Nova Seseray tells the story of a number of boys from the Asmat region who stay in an asrama (student house) in Sentani. In order to keep paying their tuition costs, they cut back on their meals. Many of them give up, disappointed and discouraged. Hapin wants to help these and other students. Not only with a scholarship, but also by encouraging them. That is why, together with Nova, we are preparing a meeting with the eight students who are currently receiving a scholarship from Hapin. To encourage one another and receive advice on how to study with integrity and serve society.