The Head of Papua Education Office Christian Sohilait (left) observes the education facilities in Merauke, Saturday Sabtu (1/2/2020). – Jubi/Frans L Kobun

Thousands of children in Papua are allegedly glue-sniffing addicted

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The Head of Papua Education Office Christian Sohilait (left) observes the education facilities in Merauke, Saturday Sabtu (1/2/2020). – Jubi/Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – Papua Education Office is focussing on drafting a regional regulation on education. This education bill plans to cover the rights of teachers and students.

“One of our priorities is (the education for) children of glue-sniffing addicted. They are mostly indigenous Papuans. In Merauke, they are quite significant in number,” told the Head of Papua Education Office Christian Sohilait on Saturday (1/2/2020).

Based on his staff’s report, Christian said that at least around ten thousand children assumed in Papua has addicted to glue-sniffing. This situation is very alarming,and need to address immediately.

“With this huge number (of glue-sniffers), how can we ignore and not pay attention to them? It will turn to be a special case to address urgently,” said Sohilait.

Concerning this behaviour among children, he thinks it links with the lack of support from family and parenting responsibility.

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“Once they were born, parents should take care of and raise their children as well as provide education for them.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chair of Merauke local parliament Dominikus Ulukyanan admits the case of glue-sniffing addiction among children in the region.

“It is the responsibility of all parties to embrace as well as to provide ongoing assistance (to glue sniffing addicts).” (*)

 

Reporter: Ans K

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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