A Long Journey to Deliver Educational Aid

A Long Journey to Deliver Educational Aid

ACTNews, BANGGAI KEPULAUAN – After targeting two schools in remote areas in Toli-Toli, Central Sulawesi, the team of the Indonesia's 100 Outer Island Program distributed educational aid for another isolated school in Central Sulawesi. On Monday (22/1), the team visited Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Swasta (MIS, or Private Islamic School) At-Taqwa in Palam Village, Tinangkung Sub-district, Banggai Kepulauan (Bangkep) District, Central Sulawesi.

Thirty two students and five teachers of MIS At-Taqwa looked surprised by the arrival of our team. They’ve never expected that their guests would come along the way to bring educational aid packages to their school. They were surprised because this school had never received any such aid since its establishment four years ago.

Maspawati Apatiyah (32), the principal of MIS At-Taqwa, showed her gratitude when their school received the donation of school facilities, as well as school supplies for the students.

“This is beyond our expectation that our school will be visited by guests from distant places bringing educational aid and provide us with school facilities. This is a surprise for us,” she said after welcoming the team of the Indonesia's 100 Outer Island Program.

Meanwhile, the distribution of the educational aid had to go through long and exhausting travels. Various modes of transportation were utilized, both land and sea transportation.

According to Nurkholis, a member team of the Indonesia's 100 Outer Island Program, the journey was indeed challenging and testing their patience. However, the exhaustion was suddenly gone once the aid was distributed to MIS At-Taqwa and its students.

“It was quite extraordinary, since we had to travel for a whole day. The distribution was done the next day after we had spent a night to rest. Alhamdulillah, all of them have been distributed now,” he said in relief.

About MIS At-Taqwa

The school that was established in August 4 2014 is nothing but a medium-sized building, divided into four rooms. It has no teacher’s room, library, nor school clinic. They also only have semi-permanent restrooms.

“The physical condition of our school is not decent, with only limited facilities. The desks are very simple; we also lack teachers’ desks, the blackboards aren’t good enough, and the number of the textbooks is limited,” Maspawati complained.

In this very school, the children in Palam Village, whose parents are mostly farmers and fisherpeople, can learn for free. The operational expense relies on School Operational Aid (BOS) and donations from the people.

Maspawati hoped that ACT can help to construct a new classroom, there are only four classrooms at the moment. These classrooms are used for the learning activities of the first to the fourth grade students.

“In the upcoming academic year, we will receive new students. Another grade will be added and there will be grade 5. The construction of a new classroom is very much needed for our school,” she concluded. []   


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