Puaduddin No Longer Teaches During This Pandemic

The pandemic left thousands of honorary teachers in Indonesia in a state of uncertainty. They no longer receive income because they no longer teach in schools during the pandemic, as experienced by Puaduddin, an honorary teacher from Kresek, Tangerang Regency.

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Puaduddin (67), an honorary teacher at MI Diniyah in Kresek Subdistrict, along with his three children. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANGERANG REGENCY - Puaduddin (67) has not been teaching for five months since the school was closed because of the pandemic. To make ends meet, he collects scraps to be sold.

"I still have to pay for children's tuitions. I must fight to make ends meet, "Puad said when Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team met him on Saturday (7/11). In addition to collecting scraps, the father of three also do odd-jobs around his neighborhood. Occasionally, he also goes to the school where he teaches to clean the classrooms for extra income.

His eldest child is still in his second year of junior high school, while his youngest has special needs. Puad's wife died three years ago. He single-handedly struggles to raise his children.

Puaduddin (left) receiving a food package from Global Zakat - ACT Greater Tangerang. (ACTNews)

"Alhamdulillah, I am still grateful for my conditions. The important thing is not to despair,” said Puad. For seven years, Puad has devoted himself to an Islamic School in his village. He used to earn IDR 300,000 a month from teaching. Now, the main source of income for his family has gone.

"All I have is a little knowledge. That's what I can give," he said. He also hoped that his students can still study well even if they don't go to school. Between his activities, he also took some time to teach the Quran and be a muezzin in the village mosque.

Rodi Maryanto Global Zakat – ACT Greater Tangerang explained, Global Zakat endeavors to support the lives of honorary teachers in the midst of a pandemic with education and food aid. Besides Puaduddin, there were three other teachers in Tangerang Regency who received food aid that Saturday.

"Insha Allah, this July, we endeavor to reach out to dozens of other teachers in Tangerang City, Tangerang Regency, and South Tangerang City,” said Rodi. []