Kindergarten

Bubes Wen-Chia - West Biak, Papua
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The School Location - Before construction begins
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Children waiting to attend school, notice that most have no shoes
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After, August 2006 - the new school for 65 children
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School sign made from hand-crafted rock
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Children sang to start the day
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Some of the children with the parents

Completed July 2007
Number of Students 65
School Cost USD 37.428

Biak is a 600km2 island off of West Papua. There are 22 poor villages, each consisting of 400 to 1500 ethnic villagers. The people in Yenburwo, one of the villages, live side by side with nature, untouched by outside influences. They had their first taste of modernization when electricity was installed in September 2005. The village has no piped in water and sanitation facilities. Most of the villagers have no regular income and food is sourced from the jungle, subsisting on one meal a day.

Education for the Papuans starts from the elementary level. In these government-run schools, all children are assumed to already know basic reading and writing skills obtained from their kindergartens. However, there is no kindergarten in most villages, including Yenburwo. The children then struggle through elementary with a poor foundation, progressing on to high school with poor reading and writing skills.

In July 2006, HDI Foundation and Manggaok Yenburwo Papua Foundation started to build the foundation for a basic education system in Yenburwo village by building a kindergarten. Right now, there are about 65 toddlers provided with the basic foundation for elementary school. They are also taught the Papuan`s unique culture and English. This knowledge will also help in their intellectual, emotional and social development.

The Bubes Wen Chia complex is uniquely designed with the Papuan culture and architecture. It is a multi-purpose hall that is used as a classroom for the younger children in the morning, a study centre for the older children in the afternoon, and by night, an area where adults congregate their social activities. The building also has a kitchen to prepare daily meals for the children to supplement their one meal a day at home.