Sabiqul Umam’s Way to Keep Teaching Children amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The pandemic is not a reason for Sabiqul Umam to stop teaching Quran to the children. He divides his class into three groups who take turns in attending both the online and offline classes.

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Sabiqul Umam teaches the Quran in his house. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SALATIGA – The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Quran teachers in rural areas to find new ways of teaching. The traditional face-to-face activities can’t be held regularly because of the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Ustaz Sabiqul Umam (42) a Quran teacher with a disability from Mangunsari, Sidomukti District, Salatiga City, divides the time to teach the Quran to the children. He divides his class into three groups who will take turns in attending both the offline and online classes to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

“In total, there are 30 students who study the Quran in my house. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children attending the class has to be reduced. Ten go to my house every day while the rest attend the online class that I hold in two sessions from 3 to 7 p.m.,” said Sabiq, Wednesday (6/30/2021).

Sabiq believes that the pandemic should not stop the children from studying the Quran. Covid-19 transmission can be prevented by taking steps that have been recommended by the authorities, such as wearing masks, washing hands, keeping a distance, and avoiding crowds.

“To avoid large crowds, only ten students are allowed to come to my house to learn the Quran. I have also been reminding them to keep wearing face masks and washing their hands even outside the class. It’s for the common good,” said Sabiq.

Sabiq is assisted by his wife in teaching the Quran. He never charges his student, for what matters to him is to dedicate himself to educating the local children. For the online classes, he uses the quota provided by the government for the teachers. Besides teaching at his house, he is also a teacher at a local Islamic elementary school.

"I just want to serve. I don’t charge them for the internet quota because I use what has been provided by the government for teachers,” he explained.

As a form of appreciation and support, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance and food packages for him on Wednesday (6/30/2021). As of June 30, 2021, a total of 1,611 teachers and preachers across Indonesia have received financial assistance.[]