Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Papua provincial government is striving to provide equal education to children in frontier, outermost, and disadvantaged (3T) regions by collaborating across sectors.

Head of the Papua Provincial Education Office, Chistian Sohilait, said here on Wednesday that currently, the authority for education at the elementary and junior high school levels lies with the district and city governments.

However, his side will continue paying attention to the quality of education in regions across Papua.

"For example, to ensure education in areas where formal education is impossible to carry out, we provide non-formal ways such as through churches, or with the help of the police, the military, and other related institutions," he informed.

According to Sohilait, although the provincial government only has the authority to manage extraordinary schools (schools for children with special needs), community, customary, and special schools currently, his side is also focusing on equal education in 3T areas.

"We continue to ensure that children in the province get equal education by collaborating across sectors," he said.

He added that to improve education in Papua, strong cooperation across sectors is needed, such as with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkompinda) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

This could help bring down the illiteracy rate in the region.

"We are confident that with this strong cooperation, education in Papua can improve," Sohilait said, who is also the acting mayor of Jayapura city.

Every child in Papua, as a member of the future generation, has the right to get the best equality education, he stressed.

Several programs have been launched to support education in 3T regions in Papua, including the Affirmation for Secondary Education (Adem) and Affirmation for Higher Education (Adik).

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