The drive to Baratan in North Kalimantan takes around one hour. From the provincial capital of Tanjung Selor, the road skirts the mighty Kayan River, winding through tall jungle and scattered villages.
Not so long ago, the river provided the only transport. It still serves as a thoroughfare linking the coastal Malay settlements to the inland Dayak communities.
The village school, SD 8 Baratan state elementary school, appears beside a stream, two rows of terraced classrooms form a neat L shape, flanking a grassy playground. Like every other building in this remote corner of Indonesia, the school is constructed of timber clapboard, cut from the surrounding jungle….