A hope for Papua
Papua is an island at the east of Indonesia. There are only a few school in Papua and most of them have no dedicated teacher. Because of this, even grade 5 elementary school students have difficulties on counting. In 2015, I was visiting Keerom, a city in Papua, when I was a student in Universitas Gadjah Mada to do Community Development Participation. My team made several projects, one of them was called "Sekolah Rimba". In this project, we taught children several subjects in "Balai Kampung Kwimi" building at Arso District.
I taught children basic mathematics. Within four weeks, they had mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The fastest way to learn is connecting the lesson with their daily routine and objects in their daily life. My team also made a project called "Science's Fun". We conducted a science fair in several schools to rise the students' curiosity. We made several experiments and learning tools and distributed these project to several post. Along with experiment, we explained how it works.
For the last show, we made a miniature volcano eruption based on reaction between soda and chewy gum.
And students wondered what had happened.
Someday, I will build a school in Papua using Finnish education system because I want to open the path to a better future for children of Papua. In order to make this happen, I need to go to Finland, a country with the best education system, and create networks with education experts. The surest way to do that is taking a master degree program in Finland. I need to make a sustainable business to fund the school so it is free of charge. Once I have the network and resources, I will recruit people who want to dedicate their life to be teacher. They will be trained by the experts while the construction of building take place. I socialize this project to the society and also will provide education for adult to parents, because family is the foundation of children's early education.
Not just a daydreaming, but also a realistic plan ready for its realization.
In 2017, I was accepted in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Science Master Program, University of Helsinki.
But I don't have enough money to cover the living cost. In order to get a residence permit, I must have 6720 euros (source: https://migri.fi/en/means-of-support). I don't have money that much, but I apply a residence permit. The decision on my application was negative.
I didn't give up. I applied to two master programs: Nuclear and Particle Physics in University of Jyvaskyla, and Photonic in University of Eastern Finland. By the end of March 2018, the admission results were announced. I'm accepted in both program. I can only choose one program so I choose Nuclear and Particle Physics.
The faculty offer a funding of 500 euro/month and I can apply this fund AFTER I arrive at Finland in beginning of September. And in order to arrive at Jyvaskyla, I need a residence permit which require 6720 deposit that I don't have. My hard-earned money only cover the health insurance, residence permit application fee, and flying ticket. I don't want a negative decision to my application anymore so start this campaign. I need a funding from generous people to realize my goals. Big or small sum will still matter to this campaign. Let's open a better future for Papua.