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Pendidikan Dasar di Mimika

Indonesia – English

March 23, 2009

Seperti biasa, sebagian wilayah Timika gelap total kena pemadaman bergilir. Sekali padam tidak main-main, bisa sampai enam jam. Di wilayah yang terkena pemadaman, warga Timika biasanya menghabiskan waktu dengan bercengkrama dengan teman atau keluarga. Tapi di sebuah rumah di daerah Kwamki Baru yang juga terkena pemadaman listrik, Suster Sisilia duduk disinari temaram cahaya lilin. Di sekitarnya ada beberapa anak kecil berusia antara 5 – 10 tahun yang sibuk dengan aktivitas mereka masing-masing. Sebenarnya anak-anak itu berkumpul untuk belajar, tapi yah apa mau dikata, namanya juga anak-anak. Apalagi anak-anak yang tidak pernah terbiasa duduk belajar di dalam ruangan. Jalanan gelap kota Timika jauh lebih menarik daripada buku cerita yang dibacakan Suster Sisilia.

Tapi toh keadaan itu tidak membuat Suster Sisilia patah semangat. Dia tetap berusaha keras mendidik anak-anak suku Amungme dan Kamoro yang banyak berkeliaran di jalanan dan sudut-sudut kota Timika.
Perjalanan Suster Sisilia dimulai pada tahun 2005. Saat itu setiap jam empat sore hingga enam sore setiap hari, Suster Sisilia menyempatkan diri berjalan mengelilingi kota Timika. Setiap hari dia bertemu dengan anak-anak suku Amungme dan Kamoro yang tidak sekolah dan berkeliaran di jalanan Timika. Kebanyakan bekerja sebagai pemulung.

“Lingkungan di Timika berpengaruh besar bagi mereka, anak-anak itu gampang tertular kebiasaan mabuk,” kata Suster Sisilia. Hal itulah yang mendorong Suster Sisilia mengirimkan anak-anak suku Amungme dan Kamoro untuk melanjutkan pendidikan ke luar Timika, seperti ke Nabire, Merauke, bahkan hingga ke Malang. Biaya pendidikan dinegosiasikan dengan lembaga studi tempat Suster mengirimkan anak-anak.

Usaha keras Suster Sisilia membuat banyak lembaga studi yang mau mendidik anak-anak Amungme dan Kamoro tanpa biaya. Sekalipun demikian, Suster yang tergabung di kongregasi Alma ini tidak mau orang tua jadi lupa dengan anak-anak mereka. Setiap bulan para orang tua menyisihkan penghasilan mereka dari jualan sayur di pasar untuk kemudian dikirimkan ke anak-anak mereka. “Sekalipun tidak banyak tidak masalah, supaya mereka merasa terlibat dan anak-anak masih memiliki ikatan dengan orang tua,” kata Suster Sisilia yang kini sudah melepaskan diri dari kongregasi Alma.

Suster Sisilia percaya bahwa mendidik anak-anak yang masih dalam tingkat pendidikan dasar akan lebih mudah dan lebih penting daripada mendidik mereka yang sudah beranjak remaja. Ibarat pohon, “anak-anak itu masih bisa dibengkokkan dan dibentuk, kalau yang sudah remaja itu susah sekali,” menurut Suster Sisilia.

Kerja keras Suster Sisilia ini mengingatkan saya pada kisah saudara kembar Ibu Sri Rosianti dan Ibu Sri Rianti yang mendirikan Sekolah Darurat Kartini di Jakarta. Para siswa yang belajar di Sekolah Darurat Kartini adalah anak pedagang asongan, pemulung, dan tukang ojek. Sekolah dibuka sejak pukul 07.00 hingga pukul 10.00 untuk murid Taman Kanak-kanak. Sedangkan dari pagi hingga siang hari, waktunya bagi para murid SD, SMP, dan SMA untuk belajar pengetahuan umum. Setelah itu mereka belajar berbagai macam ketrampilan seperti menyulam, bengkel, dan memasak. Dengan demikian diharapkan selain memiliki bekal akademik, anak-anak juga memiliki keahlian pendukung. Selain kerap menyambangi lima sekolah dan mengajar, Ibu Sri Rosianti dan Ibu Sri Rianti merogoh kocek pribadi mereka untuk membiayai sekolah darurat yang mereka dirikan.

Kehadiran sekolah yang modal awalnya hanya puluhan buku bacaan itu tentu saja mendapat respon positif dari masyarakat. Kini sudah ada lima Sekolah Darurat di Jakarta yang didirikan Ibu Sri Rosianti dan Ibu Sri Rianti. Sayangnya pada bulan Agustus 2008 lalu Sekolah Darurat Kartini di bawah jembatan tol Penjaringan, Jakarta, yang menampung 420 anak hancur terbakar, bersama dengan ratusan gubuk di bawah jembatan tol Penjaringan. Pemerintah kota Jakarta Utara melarang warga untuk tinggal di tempat itu lagi.

Karena beberapa hal, Suster Sisilia kini sendiri juga tidak lagi mendidik dan mengirimkan anak-anak Mimika belajar di luar Mimika. Suster Sisilia kini aktif di YAHAMAK (Yayasan Hak Asasi Manusia Anti Kekerasan). Kami mengakhiri pembicaraan dengan canggung. Saya tidak sempat bertanya lebih jauh, seperti misalnya apakah sekarang dia masih meluangkan waktunya mengajar anak-anak atau apakah dia masih menjalin komunikasi dengan anak-anak yang pernah dikirimnya.

Sebagian dari kita mungkin memiliki catatan tersendiri atas pribadi Suster Sisilia. Demikian juga di Jakarta sana, beberapa orang mungkin memiliki pandangan yang berbeda atas kerja keras Bu Sri Rosianti dan Sri Rianti. Tapi sungguh, tidak mudah menemukan orang seperti Suster Sisilia atau ibu Sri Rosianti dan Sri Rianti.
Tidak mudah juga bagi kita membuka hati bagi pribadi-pribadi luar biasa yang mendedikasikan dirinya bagi pendidikan di Mimika saat ini, para orang muda yang didatangkan Keuskupan Timika dan bertugas di pedalaman Mimika, seperti di Atuka, Amar, hingga Potowayburu. Jauh dari berbagai kesenangan dan kemudahan yang seolah sudah melekat di generasi kini. Jangankan di pedalaman Papua, bukan hal mudah menemukan orang yang mau menjadi guru di pelosok Jawa.

Dalam perjalanan ke Atuka beberapa waktu lalu, saya terduduk di dalam kapal. Karena lelah saya lebih banyak merebahkan diri di atas tumpukan barang. Perjalanan malam membuat hutan di sepanjang sungai Wania seolah memiliki jiwa sebagaimana layaknya manusia.

Saya tidak mengharapkan pemandangan indah, bisa melamun dan merokok dengan enak tanpa terganggu suara mesin saja sudah sangat cukup. Tapi mendadak saya mendapati sebuah pemandangan menakjubkan; sebuah pohon yang dikerumuni ratusan kunang-kunang. Belum habis ketakjuban saya, tidak lama berselang kembali nampak sebuah pohon yang menjadi panggung tarian ratusan kunang-kunang.

Kegelapan nyatanya bukanlah sebuah titik akhir, tapi masa penantian akan terang dan pengujian kekuatan harapan kemanusiaan kita. Sekalipun banyak sekali gedung sekolah yang berada dalam kondisi memprihatinkan di daerah pantai, ada secercah harapan yang datang dari wajah anak-anak Mimika yang berangkat sekolah dengan seragam dan buku seadanya serta dari para guru kontrak Keuskupan Timika.

Bagi kita para penumpang “kapal besar” LPMAK yang sedang mengarungi kegelapan kondisi pendidikan di Mimika ini, sudah seharusnya kita memperhatikan dan belajar dari cahaya-cahaya kecil di luar sana, dari para individu luar biasa yang bekerja dengan segala keterbatasan mereka. Terlebih jika kita memang serius memperhatikan perkembangan pendidikan dasar di Mimika. ***

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http://infoniev2.wordpress.com/category/papua/page/2/

Elementary Education in Timika

March 23, 2009

As usual, a part of Timika area suffered a black out which was done in turn. One black out could take around six hours. When there was a black out, usually Timika residents spent their time talking with friends or family. However, in a house in the Kwamki Baru area which was getting this black out turn, Sister Sisilia was sitting by the candle light. There were some small children of 5 – 10 years old sitting around her who looked busy with their own activities. Actually they had gathered to study, but what could we say. Especially those children were not used to sitting to study in a room. The dark streets of Timika were far more interesting than the story book read by Sister Sisilia.

However this situation never broke Sister Sisilia’s spirit. She kept trying to educate the children of Amungme and Kamoro tribe who could be found wandering around in the street and every corner of town in Timika.

The journey of Sister Sisilia was started in 2005. At that time, Sister Sisilia always took time to walk around the town every 4 until 6 o’clock everyday. Everyday she met with Amungme and Kamoro tribe’s children who did not go to school and wandering around in the streets of Timika. Most of them worked as scavenger.

“The environment in Timika had a great influence to them, those children were easily affected by the drinking habit”, said Sister Sisilia. That was one of the factors which encourage Sister Sisilia to send Amungme and Kamoro tribe children to continue their study outside of Timika, like to Nabire, Merauke, even to Malang. The Education expense would be negotiated with the school where Sister sent the children.

The hard effort from Sister Sisilia had made a lot of education bodies willing to educate Amungme and Kamoro tribe children for free. Nevertheless, the Sister who was part of Alma congregation did not want the parents to have nothing do with their children. Every month parents put aside a small portion of their proceeds from selling vegetables in the market to be sent to their children. “It does not matter if it is small, the purpose is to make them feel involved and the children will have ties with their parents,” said Sister Sisilia who now has exited from Alma congregation.

Sister Sisilia believes that educating children in the elementary school is much easier and more important than educating the youth. “Like a plant, the children could still be bent or formed, while if they becomes youth, it will be very difficult.” said her.

The hard work of Sister Sisilia had reminded me of the story of the twin sisters Ms. Sri Rosianti and Ms. Sri Rianti who founded Emergency School “Kartini” in Jakarta. The students who studied in this school were the children of street sellers, scavengers and motorcycle taxi rider. The school was open at 07.00 until 10.00 for the kindergarten. While from morning till noon, was the time for elementary, secondary and high secondary school to study general knowledge. Afterward they would study various life skills like sewing, engine repair and cooking. By this way, they were expected to obtain beside academic knowledge, a supporting skill. A part from frequently visiting the five schools and teaching, Ms. Sri Rosianti and Ms. Sri Rianti also spent their own money to fund the emergency schools that they set up.

The existence of the school which had as its first asset only tens of reading books got a positive response from the community. Now there was already five Emergency Schools in Jakarta which were founded by Ms. Sri Rosanti and Ms. Sri Rianti. Unfortunately in August 2008 last year Emergency School “Kartini”, which had accommodated 420 children was razed by fire together with hundreds of huts under the Penjaringan toll bridge. North Jakarta Town Government forbade the people to reoccupy that space.

Due to some reasons, Sister Sisilia at present did not educate and send Mimika children to study outside of Mimika anymore. Sister Sisilia now was active in YAHAMAK (Yayasan Hak Asasi Manusia Anti Kekerasan/Foundation of Human Rights Against Repression). We ended the conversation awkwardly. I did not ask further whether she still spent her time teaching children or whether she still maintained communication with the children.

Some of us perhaps have our own opinion regarding the personality of Sister Sisilia. Also some people in Jakarta may have a different view of Ms. Sri Rosianti and Sri Rianti’s hard work. But actually it will not be easy to find a person like Sister Sisilia or Ms. Sri Rosianti and Sri Rianti.

It is not easy for us too to open our heart for such extraordinary persons who have dedicated themselves for the education in Mimika at present, all the youth who was brought by Timika diocese, and who works in the backward areas in Mimika, like in Atuka, Amar, up to Potowayburu. Far from all pleasure and conveniences which is enjoyed by the present generation. It is not easy to find a person who is willing to teach in the backward area of Java, let alone in Papua.

In the journey to Atuka some times ago, I was sitting onboard a ship. As I was tired, I just laid down on top of a pile of goods. In the night the forests on the banks of Wania river seemed like possessing a spirit like a human being.

I did not expect to find beautiful scenery, I was already thankful that I could day dream and smoke a cigarette without being disturbed by the rumbling of the ship engine. But suddenly I saw an amazing view; a tree surrounded by hundreds of fireflies.  Not long afterward before my amazement disappeared, I found another spectacular scene of a tree which had become a stage for the dance of hundreds of fireflies.

It appears that darkness is not the end of the road instead it is a time of waiting for the light and the time of testing the power of our humane hope. Even though there were a lot of decrepit school buildings in the coastal area, there is a ray of hope in the faces of Mimika children who go to school with any uniforms and books they had, also from the contracted teachers employed by Timika diocese.

Like all the passengers of “big ship” LPMAK which was sailing against darkness, it should be time that we give more care to the condition of education in Mimika and learn from the small lights out there, from the extraordinary individuals who works very hard with all their limitations. Especially if we are willing to give serious attention to the elementary education in Mimika.

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