Papua Local Content Urged to Enter Curriculum

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Education and Culture Agency of Papua Province urged the “Land of Cenderawasih” local content lessons to enter the school curriculum such as explanations about the division of adat/indigenous territories and folktales. Section Head of Values and Culture Laboratory of the Education and Culture Agency of Papua Province Frits Tanati said, as long as the local content was still limited to discourse, he would continue to conduct familiarizing for example through folklore books. Mapping or the division of adat/indigenous territories comprised of seven regions should be packaged as a specific tradition in order to become knowledge for society.

According to Frits, the values contained in adat/indigenous communities are quite unique so by gathering them together and packaged in a book or local content, it could raise again traditions and return them as knowledge for society.

For example, most of society knows that the division of adat territory is comprised of only five parts, when actually there are seven including the West Papua Province. He explained if adat territory mapping is entered in the local content and taught to students then in itself society, especially the young generation, could understand the genealogy as well as specific tradition of Papua.

He said that noken, tifa, and the yosim pancar dance are now recognized as a cultural heritage, especially by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) noken, is one step to maintaining and preserving the values of Papuan culture.

Link: http://news.okezone.com/read/2016/09/09/65/1485496/muatan-lokal-papua-didorong-masuk-kurikulum

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