Financial Assistance Supports Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School Teachers

The teachers at Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School dedicate themselves to teaching hundreds of students despite receiving only a modest salary. For that, they deserve an appreciation in the form of financial assistance to support their struggle.

Handover of the financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT to teachers at Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School, West Pasaman. (ACTNews / Dana Kurnia)

ACTNews, WEST PASAMAN – For teachers who have dedicated themselves to education, money is not their goal. They spend their time, energy, and resources to educate the students. This is what the teachers at Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School have been doing. They don’t receive a large salary, but they are happy to see their students develop academically.

These teachers are paid IDR 6,000 per hour. In a month, they make roughly IDR 150,000 to 200,000.  

Towards the end of 2020, the teachers at Al-Barkah received an appreciation from Global Zakat - ACT in the form of financial aid through the Sahabat Guru Indonesia program to encourage and financially support them.

"We are giving the financial assistance to fifty teachers at Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School. We do realize that what we give is no match to what these teachers have sacrificed for their students,” said Zang Welf, ACT West Sumatra Branch Manager, Sunday (12/20), in his speech during the handover.

These fifty teachers are only a small fraction of thousands of beneficiaries of Sahabat Guru Indonesia program that is funded by the generosity of the zakat donors. Global Zakat – ACT is planning to reach even wider beneficiaries.

The Principal of the Al-Barkah Islamic Boarding School Ustaz Mustafa said that since the school was founded, no teachers have ever received assistance from any party. The Sahabat Guru Indonesia program has brought happiness to the teachers there.

"Thank you for what Global Zakat-ACT has given us, including publications about Al-Barkah that went viral. Alhamdulillah, since then, there have been donors who contacted us," said Ustaz Mustafa.

Global Zakat-ACT West Sumatra initially heard the news about the school and decided to see their condition firsthand. Currently, Global Zakat – ACT West Sumatra is raising funds for the school that has 600 students and 60 teachers.

"The students at this pesantren come from underprivileged families and some of them were even school dropouts. Our best alms are very much needed to support the students and teachers," said Zeng Welf. []