PNG students visit Indonesia

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Reports by CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
TEN secondary school students from Papua New Guinea are now in Indonesia to participate in a students and cultural exchange programme.
Under this Papua New Guinea-Indonesia student exchange programme, the students will spend 10 days with their foster parents to learn about Indonesian culture in Ambon Island, Maluku Province.
The students, from the Jubilee Secondary, St Joseph International School and Institute of Christina Academy (ICA), are accompanied by four teachers and a parent.
These students, mostly Grade 10s, were selected after participating in an Indonesian Bahasa.
A student participating in the program Jos Sengi said that he was excited to be a part of in the programme.
“This as a good opportunity for me to learn about Indonesian culture and how families live and carry
out their daily activities in a traditional Indonesians culture,” Sengi said.
“Also, it’s a good opportunity for me to improve on my Indonesian Bahasa.”
ICA head master Richard Lan, who is accompanying the group, said that it was good experience for the teachers to accompany their students as they would be touring schools in Ambon to see their teaching activities.
“We are hoping to learn from this exchange visit and will try to include some of their teaching methods to our students,” he said.
“But just coming across the PNG-Indonesian border from Vanimo (West Sepik) on Monday to Jayapura (West Papua Province) enroute to Ambon, I have seen intense agricultural activities. And I would
really like to adapt the Indonesian teaching method to pass on their cultures of developing agricultural activities.”
They left on Monday for Ambon from Jayapura upon arrival in Vanimo from Port Moresby.
They then travel by road from Vanimo to Jayapura before departing to Ambon from Sentani International Airport.

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