Jelang Ujian Nasional, Guru Belum Di TempatNational Exam Coming Soon, No Teachers in Local School

Sampai sekarang, guru-guru di SD INPRES Meto, Distrik Subur, Kabupaten Boven Digul, belum ada di kampung. Padahal, ini sudah mau Ujian Nasional tingkat SD. Anak-anak dan orangtua sementara ada tunggu dorang. Dengar-dengar, dalam waktu dekat dorang mau datang. Kalau begini terus, kitorang khawatir anak-anak bisa lulus atau tidak? Dari pengalaman tahun-tahun kemarin, banyak anak yang tidak lulus. Kalaupun ada yang lulus dan lanjut ke SMP, anak itu berhenti di tengah jalan karena minder dengan teman-temannya.

  • Lukas Kemon, warga Kampung Meto, Distrik Subur, Boven Digul.

Until today, teachers in Elementary School of Meto Village, Subur District, Boven Digul Regency, not presence in the village. In fact, National Examination dor Elementary School level would coming soon. Children and parents now are still waiting for the teachers to come. We heard that they would be but not happened. If this situation continued, we affraid that our children here cannot pass the exam. From experience in the past years, some local children have passed the exam and continued their education to junior high. However, almost of them dropped-out since they felt inferior to other students from better schools.

  • Lukas Kemon, villager of Meto, Subur District, Boven Digul Regency.

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Lokakarya ‘Kajian Kritis Peraturan dan Kebijakan Investasi’Workshop on ‘Critical Analysis on Investment Policies and Regulations’

27-28 Mei 2014 – SKP KAME, bekerjasama dengan Yayasan Pusaka dari Jakarta dan PIL-Net (Public Interest Lawyers Network) menyelenggarakan Lokakarya Kajian Kritis Peraturan & Kebijakan Investasi Skala Luas. Kegiatan berlangsung di Susteran PBHK, Jalan Angkasa, Kelapa Lima, Merauke. Lokakarya difasilitasi oleh Norman Jiwan dari TuK (Transformasi untuk Keadilan) dan Wahyu dari PIL-Net Indonesia. Tercatat 22 orang ketua-ketua marga hadir sebagai peserta, berasal dari wilayah-wilayah adat Bupul, Baidup, Muting, Kindiki, Kweel, Torai, Erambu, Wayau, dan Okaba. Selain itu, 5 orang staf SKP KAME ikut juga sebagai peserta.

Tujuan lokakarya adalah untuk memutakhirkan (updating) informasi dan data terkini tentang perkembangan investasi skala besar di wilayah Merauke dan sekitarnya, mengidentifikasi masalah-masalah hukum yang ditimbulkannya di antara warga setempat dengan pihak perusahaan, serta merumuskan langkah-langkah tindak-lanjut advokasi di berbagai tingkatan (kabupaten, propinsi, nasional, dan internasional).

Dalam lokakarya ini, wakil-wakil masyarakat adat yang hadir meminta SKP KAME menjelaskan ‘Naskah Kesepahaman’ (Memorandum of Understanding, MoU) atau kontrak dan perjanjian antara mereka dengan pihak perusahaan dan pemerintah. Selain itu, mereka bersepakat agar SKP KAME menjadi pendamping mereka pada saat proses MoU atau kontrak disusun dan ditanda-tangani dengan berbagai pihak.**OW, HW27-28 May 2014 – Office for Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Merauke (SKP KAME), in cooperation with Pusaka Foundation of Jakarta and PIL-Net (Public Interest Lawyers Network) have organised a thematic workshop on ‘Critical Analysis on Large-scale Investment Policies and Regulations’. The workshop was held in the hall of a local monastery in Kelapa Lima, Merauke Town. The workshop was facilitated by Norman Jiwan from TuK (Transformasi untuk Keadilan, Transformation for Justice) and Wahyu from PIL-Net Indonesia. There are 22 local customary chiefs as participants came from several traditional territories such as Bupul, Baidup, Muting, Kindiki, Kweel, Torai, Erambu, Wayau, and Okaba. Five of SKP KAME activists also atteneded the workshop.

The goal of the workshop is to update data and information about large -scale investment in the area, to identify related legal problems between local communities and the companies, and to formulate follow-up actions in public advocacy at all levels (local, provincial, national, and international).

During the workshop, all of local chiefs asked SKP KAME to explain more detail about Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or contract documents that been made between local communities and companies. They have also asked SKP KAME to directly assist and facilitate them in the negotiation processes with companies and local government**OW, HW

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Pemantauan EKOSOB di Wilayah Paroki Persiapan EromECOSOC Monitoring in Parish Area of Erom

14-18 Mei 2014 – SKP KAME melakukan pemantauan berkala keadaan ekonomi, sosial dan budaya (EKOSOB) umat di Paroki Persiapan Erom, Distrik Tana Miring, Merauke. Paroki Persiapan Erom memiliki umat 1.000 jiwa lebih, berasal dari beragam etnis: Papua (Marind, Muyu, Mandobo, Auyu, Mappi) , Flores (Maumere, Lio, Bajawa, Manggarai), Sumba, Jawa, Batak, Toraja, Kei, Tanimbar, dan lain-lain. Sebagian besar bermnata-pencaharian sebagai petani dan pekebun. Ada juga yang bekerja sebagai Pegawai Negeri Sipil (PNS).

Saat berdiskusi dengan Pastor Peroki setempat, SKP KAME mendapat informasi bahwa tidak ada guru agama Katolik di SD INPRES Sermayam I, SMP Negeri 12, SMP Negeri 4 SATAP, dan SD Negeri Senayu. Bahkan, SMP Negeri 4 SATAP masih kekurangan guru. Hanya ada dua orang guru berstatus PNS yang aktif di sana.

Selain itu, status tanah di Kampung Soa-Senayu belum dilepas secara adat, sehingga menjadi masalah dalam pembangunan kampung. Dilaporkan bahwa Kepala Kampung Senayu tidak bekerja optimal, warga mengelukan berbagai program pemerintah yang masuk kampung (seperti PNPM Mandiri, RESPEK, dan GERBANGKU) tidak dikelola secara transparann.

SKP KAME juga mendengar bahwa PT. Anugerah Rejeki Nusantara (ARN) –yang merupakan anak perusahaan Wilmar Group– berencana untuk melakukan investasi di tanah adat warga Soa-Senayu. Ada juga masalah penyeleweangan RASKIN oleh oknum Bendahara Kampung Soa-Senayu.**KH, JNg14-18 May 2014 – Office for Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Merauke (SKP KAME) held regular monitoring on economic, social, and culrutal (ECOSOC) rights situation on parish area of Erom, Tana Miring District of Merauke Regency.There are about 1,000  people living in the area consists of various ethnic groups of Papuans (Marind, Muyu, Mandobo, Auyu, Mappi) , and non-Papuans such as Flores (Maumere, Lio, Bajawa, Manggarai), Sumba, Jawa, Batak, Toraja, Kei, and Tanimbar. Almost of them working as traditional farmers and just a few are small vendors and civil servants.

In the meeting with local priest, Father Raymond Pr., we got information that there no religious teachers in some schools in the area such as in elementary schools in the villages of Semayam and Senayu, and in two junior high schools there. One of them, Public Junior High School No.4, even lack of teachers in general. There are only two public (civil servant) teachers in that school.

Other issue is legal status of land in Soa-Senayu Village which is still bounded as customary land of local communities. This is frequently raising a problem of tenurial conflicts. The local Chief and Head of Village is not working optimally to serve his people. Many development funds from government (asuch as  PNPM Mandiri, RESPEK, dan GERBANGKU) is not openly be informed to villagers and there is no transparent accountability by village officials. For example, the Village Treasure was suspected to abuse rice subsidy for poor families.

We have also heard that a big company –PT. Anugerah Rejeki Nusantara (ARN) of Wilmar Group– have a a new investment plan on the customary lands of local communities.**KH, JNg

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Tidak Ada Guru AgamaNo Religious Teachers in the School

Di Kampung Ngguti Bob (Sermayam II) ada SD INPRES. Bangunan sekolahnya bagus, gurunya juga banyak. Hanya saja tidak ada guru agama Katolik. Kami berharap ada guru agama Katolik di SD INPRES Ngguti Bob, supaya pengetahuan agama anak-anak kami juga luas.

  • Alexander Kayun, Ketua Dewan Stasi Ngguti Bob, Distrik Ngguti, Merauke.

In the village of Ngguti Bob (Sermayam II), there id a public elementary school. The building of the school is nice. They have enough teachers too. However,  no one of them is religious (Catholic) teacher due to the fact that almost of students are Catholics. We hope that local government take action to solve the problem for the soul of our children.

  • Alexander Kayun, Head of Parish Council of Ngguti Bob, District of Ngguti, Merauke.

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Ingin Menabung, Uang Habis untuk Kebutuhan Sehari-hariNo More Money for Saving

Kami warga Kampung Soa-Senayu, terutama kami mama-mama (ibu-ibu, kaum perempuan -Red) yang berjualan di Pasar Mopah, Kota Merauke, tidak menabung uang kami di bank. Kami sebenarnya sangat ingin sekali menabung. Tapi uang kami tidak pernah cukup. Uang kami selalu habis untuk keperluan sehari-hari seperti untuk beli makanan dan ongkos anak-anak kami sekolah.

  • Agustina Totkan, villager of Soa-Senayu, Merauke.

We are villagers of Soa-Senayu, particularly the women who are street-side and small vendors in Mopah Market of Merauke Town, actually have a strong intention to save some of our money in the bank. The problem is the fact that all of our money always gone for our daily needs, especially for buying foods and school expenses of our children.

  • Agustina Totkan, villager of Soa-Senayu, Merauke.

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Warga Tunggu Janji Perbaikan JalanKeep Waiting the Promise to Improve Our Village Road

Sudah beberapa kali ganti Bupati, kami usul ada perbaikan jalan dari Sermayam Indah sampai Sermayam Kampung. Waktu kampanye selalu janji akan perbaiki jalan itu, bahkan katanya tembus sampai pinggir Kali Maro. Tapi, sampai sekarang, jalan itu masih tetap seperti itu. Kalau hujan kami setengah mati. Kami punya anak-anak juga harus berkelahi lumpur untuk sampai ke sekolah.

  • Yustus Kundimku, warga Sermayam Kampung, Merauke.

Already several time the Regent of Merauke was changed. We have always asked them to rehabilitate the damaged road of our village, from Sermayam Indah to Sermayam Kampung. In election time, they have always promised to fulfill our demand. Even they said would improve the road longer until the bank of Maro River. But the road still remaining like before. In rainy season, we are really in trouble. Our children always ‘struggle with heavy muds’ along the road when going to and back from school.

  • Yustus Kundimku, villager of Sermayam Kampung, Merauke.

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