Honorary Teachers’ Efforts to Make Ends Meet During Pandemic

During the pandemic, the income of the honorary teachers has been severely impacted. Many have to work side jobs to support their families.

One of the teachers who work odd jobs at home. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANGERANG - As an honorary teacher at an elementary school in Tangerang, Dianie Ayu Rofikoh earns IDR 200,000 to IDR 500,000 a month based on the time she spends in teaching her students. Without classes, she does not earn money.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, her teaching hours are significantly reduced, resulting in the decrease in her income. However, she still has to make ends meet. The woman living in Batu Ceper with her parents had to find ways to get additional income. She gives private lessons at home for the children in her neighborhood with the hope that she will earn some extra money.

Endang, another honorary teacher at a private school in the Cadas area, Tangerang, also opens a class in her house during the pandemic. Unlike Dianie, she offers a bridal make-up class. As a single parent, Endang has to support her school-aged children.

"I normally earn IDR 500,000 a month," said Endang.

Dianie and Endang are two of many teachers who have been working side jobs during the pandemic. Although they have the same responsibilities, they don’t earn as much as regular teachers. They are currently waiting for this pandemic to end so that face-to-face learning can be held again soon.

Global Zakat-ACT strives to support the livelihood of impoverished teachers through the Sahabat Guru Indonesia program. Dianie and Endang are teachers who have received financial assistance from this zakat fund. "This is our collective effort as a form of appreciation for the teachers who have a big role in the lives of every student," said Riski Andriani, Coordinator of the Sahabat Guru Indonesia Program, Monday (10/26).

The financial aid from Sahabat Guru Indonesia comes from zakat funds collected by Global Zakat. The target of this program are impoverished honorary teachers who are dedicated themselves to education. Hopefully, with this assistance, their enthusiasm can be strengthened so that their dedication will continue. "Many of these teachers later form forums for them to provide social services," said Riski. []