The students and teachers have warmly welcomed these voluntary teachers from soldiers posted in West Papua. An Antara jurnalist stated Edowardus Burman Tenjap, a fourth-grade student at YPK’s elementary school, expressed happiness to meet the soldiers’s teachers. “Thank you for teaching us,” he stated.
Several members of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) Border Security Task Force in Merauke District, Papua Province, have adeptly shouldered this responsibility. They have extended voluntary assistance to teachers at 12 elementary schools in the sub-districts of Sota, Neukenjerai, Eligobel, and Ulilin in Merauke District since July 2019.
Major Sergeant Catur Budi Satriyo, a member of the Kout Sota Command Post, is among the soldiers regularly teaching on reading, writing, and mathematics at this Christian Educational Foundation (YPK)-owned school. Sota Christian Elementary School is one of the schools located in the Indonesia-PNG border area.
To appreciate soldiers and West Papua students, teachers and headmasters in Payakumbuh City, West Sumatra Province, donated school supplies to Papuan students through the Indonesian Military (TNI) Teaching Operation in Keerom District, Papua Province. They are comprising 137 pairs of elementary school uniforms, 127 pairs of junior high school uniforms, 18 white shirts for junior high school students, and 400 notebooks.
Since several years, soldiers in West Papua have contributed to enhance the quality of human capital in Papua and West Papua province.
The development of human resources in Papua and West Papua remains a tricky challenge. The human development index scores of these provinces remain lower in comparison with those of other Indonesian provinces. In 2019 human development index of of Papua and West Papua were recorded at 64.7 and 60.84 respectively.