School of Nature: A Solution for Nurturing of Children’s Character in Merauke –  Approximately 60 children who live in Gudang Arang, sub-district of Kamahedoga, Merauke Regency attend the Nature School which is held twice a week, namely every Tuesday and Saturday, which lasts for two hours from 09.00-11.00 WP.

The manager of the Gudang Arang Nature School, Y. Anggelia, told a number of journalists, Tuesday (25/5/2021), that the number of children who attend this school is not only Papuan but also non-Papuan. “We are open to parents who take their children to be guided here,” he said.

It is said, the school was founded in November 2020 ago. Wherein there is a basic reason, namely that some Papuan children of elementary school age are more likely to follow their parents to fish. So that, they practically do not participate in the teaching and learning activities in schools.

“Indeed, not all children in Nature School drop out of school. There is also a routine every day to follow the teaching and learning process in schools well, “he said.

It is said, there are several learning methods applied to children, especially fostering their character.

“Now many people talk about Human Resources (HR), but actually there is no good attention to school-age children,” he said.

The character building taught is not littering, respecting others and teaching about not selling land or forests. “We also steadily teach children to learn reading and writing, but it is not too binding like in formal schools,” he said.

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He added, although this school age has only been running for a few months, there has been a positive impact on children of elementary school age.

The initiator of the ‘Menoken’ Movement, Ambrosius Rumbiwarto, when asked for his comments, gave his appreciation to the school management, who constantly carry out their duties by embracing Papuan and non-Papuan children and being accompanied every time.

“This is something very positive and deserves to be appreciated, because of the willingness of Mrs. Anggelia to steadily accompany dozens of children here through Nature School,” he said. 

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