ACTNews, JOMBANG – Seeing that so many local students stop studying in Islamic institutions after graduating from high school, several people decided to establish Nurul Ahmadi Islamic Boarding School in 2010. Currently, the school has 270 students, along with 51 teachers and administrators.
Armed with the spirit to safeguard the morals of the younger generation, this pesantren, which is located in the Catak Gayam area, provides education without charging the students. Ulil Abshor, Principal of the Nurul Ahmadi Islamic Boarding School, said that the pesantren relies only on aid from some of the donors, even the founders’ own money.
"The important thing is to keep this school operating. I don’t think too much about the funding,” said Ulil when Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) East Java met him during the distribution of free rice for the students, Wednesday (9/23).
Ulil, who graduated from the famous Tebu Ireng Islamic Boarding School, added that the pesantren has been running on the donations from a number of benefactors, government assistance, even the founders’ own money. The students are not required to pay tuition fees.
The Islamic Boarding School accepts contributions from students who come from relatively wealthy families. "Although some of the students’ families are relatively wealthy, the number is fewer than the students who need assistance,” said Ulil.
He admitted that the facilities of the school aren’t proportional compared to the number of students. Nevertheless, this does not dampen the students’ spirit. During last year’s National Examination, some of the students rank the Top 13 of the national examination scores for Jombang City area.
Apart from the Islamic boarding school, the foundation also opens an Integrated Islamic Primary School (SDIT) which began operating in 2015 and an early childhood education center (PAUD).
Dipo Hadi of Aksi Cepat Tanggap East Java Program Department invited generous donors to support the struggle of the students at Nurul Ahmadi Islamic Boarding School. ACT East Java handed over 250 kilograms of rice to the students to encourage more generosity.
"To support the pesantren's efforts, you can contribute by donating the cash waqf through BNI Syariah account number 66 00000 142 in the name of Global Wakaf Foundation. Let us support such Islamic boarding schools to educate more God-oriented students,” concluded Dipo Hadi.