New Schools in the Papuan Highlands

Two TransformNation Post-Graduates Pioneering New Schools in Their Home Villages
After completing the TransfomNation (TfN) program, Harta and Tirta have returned to their villages and start pioneering Christian education.
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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 a two hours hike.

The school plans to serve approximately 70 children from farming families living in the area. Since there was previously no kindergarten, the elementary school age children are not familiar with simple numbers and alphabets. Harta plans to open three kindergarten classes to start teaching them how to read, count, take care of their health, and learn about the Bible.

Martin and Evan, new graduates from the TransformNation will serve as interns to assist Harta. There is no electricity in the village, so solar panels will be installed in the school.

The new school initiative began by meeting with the tribe's elders. The community was so excited when the good news about building schools and teaching children spread.

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To prepare the school building, all the men from the village got involved. They cut grass to make the roofs.

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The new school is built and the classrooms are ready for school to start in July 2021.

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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 commited to teaching 175 children from their village. These children are between the ages of from 4 to 13 years old.

Tirta will start the school with a kindergarten and elementary classes for children aged 4-8. Meanwhile, the older children will learn computers and math. The school will need to install solar panels to produce electricity.

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Both Harta and Tirta need your help to start these news schools.