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Thousands of Children in Border Areas Don't Have Birth Certificates

Written By Ledia Hanifa on Senin, 20 Juni 2016 | 12:36:00 AM

Thousands of children in the border areas do not have birth certificates. It is revealed when the Deputy Chairman of the Commission VIII of the House of Representatives, Ledia Hanifa, conducted a work visit at the Sebatik Island, North Kalimantan Province.

"Maybe because her parents live and work as an Indonesian migrant workers in Tawau, Malaysia," said Ledia in Tanjung Selor, Bulungan Regency, North Kalimantan, Friday (8/7/2015).

Children who have no birth certificates will not be able to acquire Indonesian ID cards, or other legal documents. Nevertheless, in Law No. 35 Year 2014 Article 27 (2), children are entitled to acquire birth certificates.

"They are not reachable by the free certificate program from the government," Ledia said.

She hoped the North Kalimantan Provincial Government will be serious in improving the children's conditions and problems in the border areas, whether it is legality or education.

"The problems of children in border areas to acquire education should also be tackled. There are those having to walk 10 kilometers per day just to go to school," said Ledia.

Ledia visited North Kalimantan Province in a three-day work visit. He observed directly the condition of religious education on the area directly bordering with Malaysia.

The work visit is part of the observational function of the House's Commission VIII on the role of Religious Regional Offices in maintaining education of children in the border areas.


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