New Schools in the Papuan HighlandsTwo TransformNation Alumni Pioneering New Schools in Their Home Villages
After completing the TransfomNation (TfN) program, Harta and Tirta have returned to their villages to start new schools and pioneer Christian education.
Let's Visit Them!
Harta's Village School
Harta's village school is located in one of the most remote places in the Papuan Highlands. It takes more than seven hours by plane from the capital city of Indonesia to the nearest airport. The journey then continues with a one hour car ride and 30 minutes hike.
The school serves approximately 70 children from farming families living in the area. None of the children had ever attended school before, nor had they ever met a teacher. They didn't know how to read, count, or tell time.
Harta initiated three kindergarten classes to start teaching them how to read, count, take care of their health, and learn about the Bible.
There is no electricity in the village, so solar panels will be installed in the school.
The new school initiative began with a meeting with the tribe's elders. The community was so excited when the good news about building schools and teaching children spread. To prepare the school building, all the men from the village got involved. They cut grass to make the roofs.
(click the pictures below to see the development of the hut school)
In July 2021, Martin and Evan, two TransformNation interns came to assist Harta in starting the school. School supplies had to be carried for over 30 minutes through the Papuan hillside.
(click the pictures below to see the villagers welcoming Martin & Evan)
A new dawn has begun for Kurima children!
(click the pictures below to see the children studying with Harta, Martin and Evan)
Tirta's Village School
Tirta's Village School is located in the mountainous area of the Papuan Highlands. It takes more than seven hours by plane from the capital city of Indonesia. The journey then continues with a one hour flight on a single propeller plane, followed by a two and a half day hike.
The new school initiative began with Tirta training four local teachers. Another four local teachers are scheduled to be trained at MSI's Lab School in Java. These teachers are Sunday school teachers with no formal training, but they are fully committed to teaching 175 children from their village. These children are between the ages of 4 and 13 years old.
(click the pictures below to see the first meeting Tirta held in preparation of starting the school)
There are no roads to reach Tirta's village. Electricity is absent and water is also unavailable but there are hundreds of children living in the area, waiting to be educated.
(click the pictures below to see Tirta's village)
The children in Tirta's village have never attended school before. Many of the teenagers know nothing about the alphabet or basic numbers.
(click the pictures below to see the indigenous children in Tirta's village)
Since July 2021, this school full of children is thriving because God made a pathway in the wilderness!
(click the pictures below to see the new school Tirta initiated)