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Showcase for Papuan Students' 3 Rs Skills

Showcase for Papuan Students' 3 Rs  Skills
Students in grades I, 2, 3, and 4 at SD Inpres Sogokmo, Wamena, demonstrate their Three Rs skills to the showcase attendees. Last year, the average student was still not fluent in reading. Since the teachers received training, the students are able to read much better and do arithmetic well.

JAYAWIJAYA, PAPUA – After two years of implementing the training and mentoring program for teachers in Papua, Yayasan Kristen Wamena (Wamena Christian Foundation - YKW) staged a showcase of the impact of the work of the second year of the USAID PRIORITAS program grant. A total of 34 partner schools exhibited student learning outcomes and a variety of learning media created by the teachers. Each school also brought along students to demonstrate their increased ability in reading, writing and arithmetic – the Three Rs.

A year ago Dany Wetipo, a grade 3 student at SD Inpres Sogogmo, could not read fluently. After his teacher taught him using the Papua Contextual Text Books (BPKP) and Leveled Reading Books (B3), he was able to read fluently. "Why are you all smiles looking at that calendar?" said Dany reading aloud from a level F book entitled 'My Grandpa's Most Beautiful Gift' to the education officials who were present.

The Local Government and Jayawijaya District Education Office expressed its gratitude for the support given by USAID PRIORITAS to the schools in their district. There have been notable changes in the partner schools.

"We must continue working to improve the quality of learning in the schools in Wamena. We will develop this support from USAID PRIORITAS and Yayasan Kristen Wamena so that more students engage in good learning and teachers are increasingly creative in teaching," said Kondar Siregar, an Educational Development Expert representing the Head of Jayawijaya District.

At the event there was also a competition for teaching aids made by teachers from partner schools. SD YPPK Sinatma finished in first place having made a 'Tifa' traditional musical instrument out of a piece of wood with holes in and leftover fabric from a tailor. This object could also be used as an eraser for a chalk blackboard. Students in the early grades could also use it to count. The materials were collected and the objects created by the students guided by their teacher, Alpius Lany.

Second place was achieved by SD YPPK St. Antonius Pilimo whose teaching aid was a Language Tree for learning letters and syllables. Students could search for words on fruit shapes labeled with syllables, which were hung on the language tree. They also made a Mathematics Clock for teaching about time, numbers, and shapes.

Meanwhile, third place was achieved by SD Alfa Agape, which had made teaching aids connected with the zoo. The cardboard and paper materials were shaped like animal cages and habitats with animals in them. These were made to explain to the students about the names of the animals and for mathematics where they were used to do addition and subtraction.

Nerina Heluka, a primary school teacher at Sinar Baliem, has used the BPKP already for two years and the leveled reading books (B3) for five months to teach students to read. "The BPKP help me in teaching on a daily basis and make it easier to understand the lessons. Meanwhile, the B3 enables me to teach students to learn to read and makes them like reading books more," she said during the event. (Hry/Grn)?

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