Educational Statistic of the Lun Bawang – October 2011

The Kuching Lun Bawang Family Gathering 2011, or to be exact, the motivational talk program was declared open by YB Dato Yong Khoon Seng, Deputy Minister of Works, Malaysia. He also shows his support to the development of education of the Lun Bawang community, giving RM5,000 for the funding of an educational program that will be happening in Lawas this coming December.

During the press conference, former Lun Bawang Association Sarawak President, Samuil-Ashton Satu,  had released some information on the educational status of the Lun Bawang taken from a register made during his term of office as the 8th President of the Lun Bawang Association Sarawak in 2007.

A complete update may be made if all members of the Lun Bawang could have access to this register or they willingly report to their respective branches.

Brief Educational Performance

Bachelor –  223
*Out of 223 graduates, the following 52 graduates have further degrees:
Masters – 43
PhD – 2
Medical Doctors – 5
Dentist – 2

However, probably there could be about 300 – 400 graduates. According to the register, there are 200 diploma holders. It is believed that there could be around 300 diploma holders.

Field of Studies

Theology – 30
Business – 24
Education – 23
Law – 18
Administration – 16
Social Science – 13
Engineering, Science – 9
English, IT – 7
Art, Economics – 6
Geology, Nursing, Medical Doctors – 5
Finance – 4

And the rest include anthropology, archeology, dentistry, accountancy, architecture, agriculture, HRM, statistics, mass communication, environmental science, occupational safety and health, counseling, marine biology, library management, etc.

Diploma and Degree Graduates by Village

Buduk Nur, Ba’ Kelalan – 30
Long Tuan – 22
Long Kerabangan – 20
Long Tuma – 19
Long Langai, Long Semadoh Naseb – 18
Long Sebangang – 17
Long Semadoh Rayeh – 16
Pengalih – 15
Batu Mulong, Long Tukon – 13
Gaya – 12
Liang Datu, Long Beluyu – 11
Tang Itong, Kuala Medalam – 10

*Villages listed are only those with at least 10 graduates.

According to the register, there is at least one graduate or a diploma holder for every Lun Bawang village in Lawas and Limbang. But as we look back on the vision of the late patron, YB Dato’ Dr. Judson Sakai Tagal, the vision of “one graduate per family” had yet to be materialized.

Being said that, Dr. Kasing Apon, a Professor in UNIMAS stated that “the numbers of Lun Bawang students furthering their study in UNIMAS has greatly reduced over the years. In fact, most of them are female.”

*Note that this statistic only covers diploma and degree graduates.

Register your Educational Achievements

If you’re a diploma or degree graduates, and you haven’t registered your educational achievements with the Lun Bawang Association Sarawak, please email to elisha@blogtau.com and include these details:

1. Full name
2. Date of birth
3. Village
4. Educational level
5. Institution/University
6. Field of studies
7. Majoring field
8. Graduation date or year

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