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Opportunity to Receive Good Quality Education in Villages


What makes us different from those who were born and grew up in villages and remote places? How can we experience education at a good school, finish our university while many people cannot experience the same?


primary student in kaltim   Opportunity – that’s the answer. By God’s grace we weren’t born in the hinterland of East Kalimantan or Puncak Jaya in Papua, or in the deep forest of Mamberamo jungle, or Bukit Barisan mountain. But God has caused you to be born in cities with access to a good education world so that we would have chance to develop. And so, if we give or provide opportunity to those who are in villages or remote areas, they too can develop and make progress like us.

This has been proven from PESAT’s ministry experience by providing education in villages. PESAT has been entrusted to administer Christian High School in Krayan, a hinterland in East Kalimantan. At first, there were only very few students who came because the students were afraid of learning at school, they only wanted to have easy lessons, come to school whenever they want. Many of them dropped their education and prefer to work because their area is close to Malaysia (the border is in a walking distance).

The lack of awareness from parents about the importance of education and the attraction from materialism also secularism have become stumbling blocks to the development of this school. But thanks to God, for the perseverance and the effort from the educators have resulted 150 students at current school year and some who have graduated were encouraged to continue their study to university.  

What have been happening? It means that there has been a significant change from both the parents and students in viewing education. The educators are not just only school teachers but they have been motivators for students and the parents, and become agents of change amongst the people.

students at saliano primary school in central sulawesi  

A boy at the age of 10 from Muliama-Wamena, Papua, returned from participating a training on physics in Jakarta, said that he wanted to be a scientist. I asked what have encouraged him, and he said that he felt he wanted to develop his land. Incredible! How could that be happening to a 10 year old boy? But that is the reality. Opportunity that has been given has made some changes in the boy’s life.


Octovianus Pugau, from a remote area Sugapa, Papua, is a student at Anak Panah Middle School in Nabire. He writes many good essays, articles especially about leadership. When asked what he wanted to be, he said he wanted to be a medical doctor so that he could be a blessing by helping the sick and those who suffer from disasters. It’s different with Mianus Yarinap, who is also a student at Anak Panah. He said he wanted to become a pilot because he has seen pilots from MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) come and go to his village taking people to cities. He wanted to be a blessing to help people from his village to see the world outside. Imagine how noble their motivations are!

Some of the children who have been educated have become the first scholars in their villages. Even at this current time, already one person from the Wana Tribe finished his education at a diploma level. There’s a native from Krayan who have successfully become a pilot. Isn’t it amazing? By providing education in villages, it gives the opportunity and helping a child to reach his/her full potential. This explanation gives us a conclusion that children in villages do have great potential to develop as long as they are given opportunities.

  kindergarten at lekaq kidau ville

There are thousands, even millions, of children from many tribes and areas who are looking forward and need all of our support. Let us give them a fair opportunity!



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english version: translated by Johana Pratomo
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