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College-degree’s Village Innovators ____________________________ They give their youth to develop a village


When everybody were struggling to look for a career in big cities, these young women set off to remote places to dedicate their lives in developing generation


Adil Vina was born in Praya in 1968 and she just had her 28th birthday when she set foot in Krayan. Krayan is a remote village in Nunukan Regency, East Kalimantan. To get there can only by a twin-otter plane

  adel vina
  Adil Vina

Vina teach at the first existed high school in Krayan – established and owned by PESAT. She has to teach 2 subjects, economy and biology. “We don’t have enough teachers so that’s why we have to teach more than one subject,” says Vina who graduated from IKIP Mataram (a college specialized in education)

When asked the difference between teaching in a city and in remote place, she said, “The students’ understanding is different. When they were in primary and middle school they only received little knowledge and they got into high school just by being able to read and write.” The culture of ‘just accept without questions’ also caused their progress. When the teachers explain something and tell them to ask questions, the students just keep silence. It surely needs some trick in teaching these students.

Adel Vina sedang mengajar di lab fisika

When we’re in villages, we rarely get new knowledge about ways to teach students. “After some years we still teach using old pattern whereas the world of education always develop” she said. That’s why she wish to be able to go to big city and to update herself and her fellow teachers.

College degree but willing to go to remote places, why? “I love children and God, I want to share my knowledge to younger generation who live in remote places,” Vina said. “I don’t know for how many years I’ll be here in Krayan but I keep on trying to have breakthrough in teaching so that the young generation can raise up the next generation in their village”. Adil Vina has been serving in Krayan for 13 years now..



There’s also Yemima who came few years later to Krayan in 2007. She was 24 years old at the time. She was born and grew up in Berastagi city in North Sumatera, graduated from USU (North Sumatera University) major in chemistry.

    Yemina dan seorang siswinya

She already had a good job in Medan (capital of North Sumatera) right after she finished her study. But when someone shared with her about education in remote places, her passion to serve grew inside her heart. “The calling was getting stronger everyday,” she said. “Finally I decided to leave my job, the city and my comfort zone, and came to Krayan,” she continued. Yemima teach chemistry, physic and history at Krayan Integrated High School.

“When I started teaching them chemistry, I cried. Chemistry involves maths and the students were still difficult with maths. How could they learn chemistry if they couldn’t do counting? The I just started to focus on teaching them about maths and this made me quite depressed,” Yemima shared her early experience. “When their test resulted zero mark, I questioned my calling. Why no impacts in what I did? But my colleagues encouraged me and now I just enjoy teaching them”.

Siswa SMAK Krayan Terpadu pegi sekolah

What Yemima has done is quite something because not everybody can do it, even with many things she’s experienced. “I went down to small rivers in the hinterland to reach out villages. Went by a small boat, had to eat bear meat, walked very far that made nail came off of my toe, but I could still enjoy it” said Yemima cheerfully.

    SMAK Krayan Terpadu, tempatnya mengajar

Adil Vina dan Yemima Abigael, college graduates, and their other colleagues have given the first fruit by sacrificing their youth in order to raise up generation in Indonesian villages. We’re proud to be given a chance to support them.

Krayan, dilihat dari udara. PHOTO: TONI (C)2007

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