18 September 2023
Labuha, 18 September 2023 - It has been one week since the students of Loji Permai Middle School (SMP) and Tunas Muda High School (SMA) of Kawasi Village, Obi District, South Halmahera, North Maluku have been studying in the new school building. They left the old school and went to the new school which is located in the new Kawasi Village settlement which is about 5 kilometers away. During that time, the teaching and learning process and the two Computer Based National Assessment (ANBK) activities for middle and high schools ran smoothly and satisfactorily.
The sustainable integrated mining and downstream Company, PT Trimegah Bangun Persada Tbk (NCKL) or Harita Nickel together with the Kawasi Village Government, Tunas Muda High School Management and Loji Permai Middle School Management transferred the teaching and learning process of 232 students on Monday (11/09/23). Every morning the students are picked up not far from their homes at around 06.30 WIT (Eastern Indonesia Time). Using 3 (three) buses and 1 (one) minibus provided by the Company, together they headed to the new school building. The middle school and high school buildings are in the same location. A total of 125 middle school students occupy the building on the right, while 107 high school students occupy the building on the left.
From observations in the field, a number of students admitted that they were happy to gain new experiences.
“Exciting experience. Previously we went to school alone, now we can go with friends," said Meltri Impun, a grade 11 student at Tunas Muda High School. Apesia Aviani, who is a seventh-grade student at Loji Permai Middle School, also admitted that she was very happy and pleased to be able to feel the comfort of studying in the new school building.
Apart from getting a new experience of going to school with the company's pick-up and drop-off transportation service, in this new school building, students can also practice in the computer laboratory for the first time. “Facilities are more complete. "In the old school there was no computer laboratory, but now there is one here," said Christin S Sambur, an 8th-grade student at Loji Permai Middle School.
Principal of Loji Permai Middle School Nahor Difu explained, "The school building in the new Kawasi Village is very good. There are many facilities, such as a computer laboratory and the internet connection, so that students are comfortable participating in teaching and learning activities." The transfer of teaching and learning activities really had a big impact, especially for eighth-grade and eleventh grade students who immediately took the Computer Based National Assessment (ANBK) in the computer laboratory in the new school in their own village. Loji Permai Middle School teacher Ligia Matinahor said that previously students had to take part in ANBK in the capital of Obi District in Laiwui Village.
In fact, two years earlier, students were sent to the capital of South Halmahera Regency in Labuha because there were no schools in the local sub-district that had adequate facilities for ANBK. "On the way, we are always hit by waves, and after arriving we have to stay at a resident's house until the ANBK is finished.
"Thank God, this year we don't need to go to Bacan or Laiwui because we can carry out ANBK with the help of laptop facilities and internet networks from Harita Nickel in the new Kawasi Village," said Ligia. The principal of Tunas Muda High School, Obet Siar, also expressed his appreciation for Harita Nickel's contribution to the continuity of education for his students.
According to him, this concern is a manifestation of the Company's intensity about the educational future of the children of Kawasi Village. According to him, the transfer is a necessity of the learning process. More adequate facilities make the teaching and learning process run better. "This is something positive that we can do ANBK in our own schools. Because ANBK in Laiwui District and the district capital requires a large budget.
"We have to pay for ship tickets and accommodation, which costs 10 to 20 million Rupiah just for transportation expenses," explained Obet Siar.
Director of External Relations Harita Nickel Stevi Thomas stated that the transfer of the school to the new Kawasi Village was carried out based on mutual agreement between all parties to provide more appropriate educational facilities for local children. According to him, education, as an important foundation for improving the quality of human resources, needs to be supported by adequate facilities and infrastructure.
"From the first day to the fourth day today, we saw new enthusiasm from the students and teachers. "We understand the message that this school move has a positive impact and gives new enthusiasm," said Stevi when attending the school move ceremony, on Thursday (14/9/2023). Stevi reiterated the Company's commitment to supporting Government programs in efforts to improve the quality of education. It is said that education is one of the five focuses of the Community Development and Empowerment (PPM) program run by Harita Nickel around the operational area on Obi Island. These five aspects include education, health, economy, infrastructure, and socio-culture.
According to him, education, as an important foundation for improving the quality of human resources, needs to be supported by adequate facilities and infrastructure. "There is already a computer laboratory, we are also continuing to stock the library with books. In the future, there will be a physics laboratory as well. We will continue to push for facilities and infrastructure to be improved. We are confident. "Graduates from this school, especially high school, can have competitiveness not only at the Regional but also at the National level," he concluded.