Becoming a Teacher, Abas Aripin's Way of Struggle

“Being a teacher is not a business but a way of struggle. Striving to educate children for nation and religion. Ignorance must be fought, and teachers become the shield," said Abas, a beneficiary of the Friend of Indonesian Teacher program.

Abas receives assistance
Abas Aripin receives financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEKASI — Devoting himself to education is the way of struggle for Abas Aripin (45). For nearly half of his life, he has been a teacher, both a teacher at school and a Quran teacher at the mosque. The uncertain income did not crumble Abas' intention to educate children.

“Being a teacher is not a business but a way of struggle. Striving to educate children for nation and religion. Ignorance must be fought, and teachers become the shield," said Abas, Saturday (5/22/2021).

Abas teaches in junior high school in Kranji, West Bekasi, Bekasi City. In one month, Abas gets a salary of IDR 350 thousand per month, with details of IDR 35 thousand a day. Abas teaches three days a week.

Abas also teaches the Quran at the Quran Learning Center (TPQ). However, teaching fees at TPQ are uncertain because students are not obliged to pay fees. "They learn the Quran for free. If they want to pay, pay as much as they want. If I ask for the fees, only a few children will come to learn the Quran,” said Abas.

The low salary makes Abas unable to meet the family’s needs. Currently, Abas could not pay the tuition fees of his eldest son for three months. Apart from that, Abas also has to pay for the labor cost of his wife who is currently pregnant with his fourth child.

To ease Abas' burden, Global Zakat-ACT assisted in the form of living expenses, Saturday (5/22/2021). "Thank you for the generous help, this assistance helps my family's economy. Hopefully, Global Zakat-ACT can reach many honorary teachers throughout Indonesia,” he prayed. []