Washington, DC., (07/11/2020). KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara) or “We talk” is a serial-webinar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA through the Attaché for Education and Culture. The recorded live event of KIBAR Seri-1 can be accessed in the following link http://bit.ly/fb-watch-kibar1
In this first series of KIBAR, several speakers participated to give their presentations. The first speaker was Paskalis Kaipman, S.Pd, a student of Master of Education Policy and Leadership, American University. In his presentation, Mr. Kaipman discussed the latest educational problems in Papua, the curriculum. Currently, the curriculum in Papua has not yet adjusted to the local context which, according to him, the curriculum is supposed to be adjusted to the potential of each region.
Mr. Kaipman stated that there are two schools in Papua that can be used as examples of the application of the contextual curriculum. The ‘Papua Harapan’ School in Jayapura and the Wamena Christian Foundation are two examples of schools in Papua that apply a contextual curriculum. They see the potential and motivation of the Papuan children, how the culture is, how the habits are in applying learning and teaching patterns and how the mechanisms are.
On the other hand, there are many other challenges faced by the Papuan people in the education sector, especially in remote areas. For examples, the lack of teachers, inadequate school buildings, teacher absenteeism and curriculum issues that do not match the local potential. There are several alternative solutions that Mr. Kaipman tried to convey. The first solution is the equitable distribution of teachers throughout Indonesia, including Papua. The ssecond is the contextual curriculum development by the curriculum management team. Meanwhile, the third is the increasing formation of the civil servant test for teaching staff.
The webinar chaired by Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attaché, was continued by presenting Jacqualine Menanti, S.Pd., a Master candidate from ESOL, Auburn University, AL-USA. Ms. Menanti presented her presentation with the topic of The Role of Mother Language-Based Multilingual Education (PMB BBI) in the remote area of Papua, Indonesia. The benefits that can be obtained from implementing this multi-language education are students can go through the learning process very effectively; they are also proactive in class and dare to ask questions because they feel comfortable. However, there are several challenges faced, for example, children in Papua only know one language, namely the mother tongue or monolingual. So, when they go to school, they don’t understand what the teacher says.
The next challenge is the lack of textbooks with contextual curriculum and various other challenges. In her presentation, Ms. Menanti also explained the plan for curriculum designing program. Then, she ended her presentation by providing several recommendations such as the need for partnerships and cooperation across sectors of the local government as decision makers, etc.
The next speaker was Prof. Yohana Susana Yembise who is the former Minister of Women and Child Protection for the 2014-2019 periods and is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of Cenderawasih University, Papua. In her presentation, Prof. Yembise talked a lot about her experience in preparing Papuan human resources in the selection for undergraduate and postgraduate candidates to study abroad. According to her, the main problem Papuan students experience is the mastery of English. Thus, she is very supportive of efforts to improve mastery of English for Papuan children, such as local and tailor-made English courses.