Activists: Education is the Key to Change the Fate of West Papuan Children

Aktivis: Pendidikan kunci ubah nasib anak Papua

Educational activist from Kitong Bisa organization, Graceshella Mambrasar said education is the key to changing the fate of children in Papua and West Papua for the better.

“Education is the key to changing the fate of Papuan and West Papuan children for the better. I will fight for the rights of marginalized people, especially children from weak economies, to gain access to proper education,” Graceshella said on Wednesday.

Graceshella, who is commonly called Selly, added that the education program policy must provide access to quality education such as affirmation programs, or granting special rights.

According to her, what the government has done for West Papua is good enough. However, the problem is corruption and collusion in the process of selecting and granting scholarships must be eliminated.

“Everyone, regardless of only certain ethnic groups, has the same rights,” she said.

Selly said that the forms of corruption and collusion in providing these scholarships indirectly constitute a form of discrimination.

“I will continue to voice this so that there will be a change in the future, especially in my Land of Birth, namely the Land of Papua (West Papua),” said Shelly, a daughter from Saireri, Papua.

Previously, Selly, who was the Chairperson of the Youth Delegation in Papua and West Papua Province, met with the Chairperson of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan. She is a representative of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI).

In the meeting, the FPCI who came together with the former Deputy Foreign Minister Dinno Patti Djalal brought the draft vision of Indonesia in 2045 initiated by the young generation at the 2045 Indonesia Vision Designing Conference.

The initiator of the FPCI, Dino Patti Djalal, encouraged the community to support the implementation of the change strategy contained in the draft into concrete actions, or integrated work programs. This is done for the betterment of Indonesia.

Source: antaranews.com

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