From Muhammadiyah to Kokoda Tribe in West Papua

Haedar Nashir dan Kepala Kampung Wormon Kokoda Syamsuddin Namugur (Dok Unimuda)
Haedar Nashir dan Kepala Kampung Wormon Kokoda Syamsuddin Namugur (Dok Unimuda)

SORONG, Suara Muhammadiyah – The Chairperson of Muhammadiyah Central Board Haedar Nashir handed over the Muhammadiyah grant land certificate to the Kokoda Tribe in Warmon Village, Mayamuk District, Sorong Regency, West Papua, Saturday (12/1). In addition, Haedar also inaugurated the Mahardika Kokoda Reading House as a form of Ta’awun (mutual cooperation) for the Country appointed by Muhammadiyah.

“With enthusiasm of ta’awun, sharing with each other, cooperating with each other, we can reach the blessings together. Through the efforts of community empowerment carried out by Muhammadiyah, perhaps not much, but our enthusiasm for building Kokoda village will continue,” said Haedar.

Also present at the inauguration The Chairperson of ‘Aisyiyah Central Board Siti Noordjannah Djohantini, Chancellor of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta University (UMY) Gunawan Budiyanto, Deputy Regent of Sorong Suka Hajono, and Chairperson of Society Empowerment Committee (MPM) of Muhammadiyah Central Board M Nurul Yamin.

The establishment of the reading house was an initiative of students at UMY’s Real Work Lecture (KKN) in the Kokoda Wormon Village. Assisted by various parties including Society Empowerment Committee (MPM) of Muhammadiyah Central Board and Bank Syariah Mandiri.

Haedar hopes that the young generation of Kokoda can foster the spirit of iqra (reading) also the spirit of seeking and sharing knowledge to enlighten, advance, and support one another for prosperity.

Meanwhile, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Chancellor Gunawan Budiyanto said that the Mahardika Kokoda Reading House was one of those that has been built by UMY in the foremost, disadvantaged and isolated (3T) areas. According to him, the reading house will also be useful for community learning and Al-Qur’an Education Park (TPA) activities.

On that occasion Haedar also conducted the first laying of class room of Labschool Muhammadiyah Elementary School Kokoda, the hand over of the key to the houses for residents of Kokoda and Joglo Rembuk Adat.

“The presence of basic education starting from ‘Aisyiyah Kindergarten and Elementary School in Kampung Kokoda became a pioneer and continued to be pioneered to produce a generation who diligently study and read,” Haedar said.

“God willing, this reading house will become a pole and corner of culture that will bring progress to Kokoda’s civilization,” he concluded. (riz)