Thursday, April 18, 2013

1) NZ govt casts doubt on NZ police training programme in Papua region


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NZ govt casts doubt on NZ police training programme in Papua region

2) Lanny Jaya sends teachers to Surya Institute

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Posted at 23:09 on 17 April, 2013 UTC
New Zealand’s government has cast doubt on reports that the country’s police training programme in Indonesia’s Papua region is set to recommence in September.
Reports in Indonesian media quoted New Zealand’s Ambassador in Jakarta David Taylor confirming a new three-year programme in training community policing in Papua.
New Zealand ran similar training programmes in Indonesia’s eastern region between 2008 and 2010.
Speaking in New Zealand’s parliament, the Green MP Catherine Delahunty asked the government whether MPs and journalists would be able to observe the effectiveness of the training.
But the Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson, speaking on behalf of the Foreign Minister, suggested the reports were premature.
“On behalf of the minister, the media reporting in the Jakarta Post, which I assume the member is referring to, is wrong. The minister has received no advice on the design, timing and funding of the project. There will be an announcement when a decision is made.”
Chris Finlayson.

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2) Lanny Jaya sends teachers to Surya Institute

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Lanny Jaya regental administration in Papua is set to send 15 science teachers to the Surya Institute (SI) in Jakarta, for 3-months to improve their quality of teaching, the initiative could cost up to Rp 5 billion (US$514,000).

SI was founded in 2006 by noted Indonesian physicist Yohanes Surya, whose mission was to reform science and math education in Indonesia.

“This is the first time we have sent teachers to the Surya Institute. We’ll see whether it would it be more effective to send teachers to Jakarta or invite the institute’s trainers to us,” said Lanny Jaya Education Agency head Christian Sohilait in Jayapura, on Wednesday.

He said that his agency chose SI because it had experience in teaching Papuan students. In 2009, Lanny Jaya sent three elementary school students to the SI and they are still studying in the institute now.

“Lanny Jaya has 380 teachers in 60 elementary schools, 23 junior high schools and five senior high schools. We have enough teachers, but we still lack facilities,” said Sohilait.

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