West Papua student studying at overseas.

West Papua student studying at overseas.

All-in-all, there are more than 600 Papuan students currently abroad in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ikinia, a master’s student in communication studies.

Laurens Ikinia, a postgraduate student at Auckland University of Technology, on March 2020, stated that A remarkable 120 West Papuan students – all on scholarships – are studying in New Zealand.  “All of us are supported by the Papuan provincial government and we are spread right across the country in New Zealand all the way from north to south,” Ikinia as saying.

The idea to get students into overseas academic institutions was the innovation of Lucas Enembe, governor of the Indonesian-ruled province of Papua.

Australia has been very pleased to extend our support to education in Papua and West Papua. Westpapua.blog quoted that ten years ago, in March 2010, the Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF signed a new partnership program to improve the quality of primary education in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. At That time, Australia contributed A$7 million (Rp 58.9 billion) to UNICEF until 2012 to support both provinces to move closer to achieving universal primary education.

The program worked with the two provinces to develop strategic education plans, and improve teaching and learning practices in more than 800 schools in six selected districts.

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