ACTNews, DUMAI - Through Friends of Indonesian Teachers (SGI) program, Global Zakat-ACT Duri appreciates the struggle of teachers who have dedicated themselves to education on Indonesia. Thursday (1/30), the team visited a married couple Sukamto (33) and Fitriani (33) who teach in the distant class of Elementary School 018 Batu Teritip located is in Tanah Pusaka Alam Village Customary Land, Sungai Sembilan Sub-district, Dumai City, Riau.
The distant class is located far from the town center. To get to the area, one must sail a canal using a speedboat or pompong for 30 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile, there are only 25 families who live on the customary land, including the Sukamto’s family. Most of them work as fishermen and farmers. Due to its remote location, the local community asked Sukamto and Fitriani to teach the children in the village.
The building of SDN 018 was funded by a company in Dumai City. With only one building, they have to divide the building into several classrooms using plywood boards. The kindergarten, elementary school, and junior high school share the same building. There are a total of 18 students in the building and they are taught by Sukamto and Fitriani.
To support their dedication, Global Zakat-ACT Duri provided financial allowance through the SGI program. In addition, Global Zakat-ACT Duri also provides school kits for the students.
Andika from the Global Zakat-ACT Duri Program team said, the assistance was a form of appreciation for Sukamto and Fitriani’s struggle for education on the customary land. “Imagine what the local children’s education will be like without their struggle. Without education, they will have no future, "explained Andika.
Sukamto and Fitriani were touched by the assistance given to them and the students of SDN 018 Batu Teritip. So far, they have been paid from the contributions of the local community and assistance from the government through School Operational Funds. The money they earn is only enough for their teaching needs, such as transportation costs and books.
"Alhamdulillah, the assistance provided by Global Zakat-ACT Duri bolsters our spirit in teaching. We are very grateful because there are still those who live far away from us but still care about us. Despite the remote access and limited facilities, ACT still wants to visit us. May ACT Duri continue to prosper," said Sukamto.
"Dear friends, let us continue to uplift the hopes and enthusiasm of underprivileged teachers in this country by providing our best assistance through the BNI Syariah 99 0000 591 account in the name of Global Zakat - ACT Duri. The confirmation of the transfer can be done via WhatsApp messages to +62813 8000 7516," said Alsamsi Fauzi from the ACT Duri Partnership Team.