During our time in the village of Mamit we visited the Sekolah Lentera Harapan. This is a sister school of Sekolah Papua Harapan out here in Sentani. Lentera Harapan has the same goal of SPH which is number one to bring good education as that isn’t happening from the gov’t end. Second is to teach good character, one that is Christ-like. The vision is to grow Godly leaders for Papua. The school currently has 35 students in kindergarten and grade one. The parents need to be involved and are required to attend parent meetings as they happen. Such as the meeting where I spoke on Christian Parenting. The goal is to positively influence entire families. It was so exciting to see this little school nestled in the mountains of Papua, educating a cute bunch of enthusiastic kids. Some have to walk one hour from their home to the school and many show up well before the scheduled starting time of 7:30am. (I think it’s 7:30, might be earlier) The teachers there are my hero’s. They have to deal with so many different issues and they are all so committed to doing the best job they can!
As this place is so remote, all school supplies come in on MAF airplanes. Every single sheet of paper, pencil, book, puzzle, backpack, shoes, and other school supplies. Without the plane, the school wouldn’t be able to function.