Spirit of Siti Qomariyah as a Teacher in a Remote Village

Becoming a teacher in a village requires strong will, determination, and enthusiasm. The low salary is the biggest challenge for the teacher’s consistency to teach in a village.

Siti Qomariyah and her two children.
Siti Qomariyah and her two children. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANYUMAS — Oftentimes we meet Quran teachers who are teaching with sincerity and are unpaid. However, they consistently keep teaching their students tirelessly.

This also happens to Siti Qomariyah, a teacher of Diponegoro 109 Kindergarten, Pageraji Village, Cilongok District, Banyumas Regency. The mother of two has to teach the children in her region for six days a week. The kindergarten where she teaches is not too big with only 16 students in it, 7 boys and 9 girls specifically. 

“Being a teacher in a village is different from being one in a town. If in town our salary reaches the Regional Minimum Wage, meanwhile in the village we already have to be grateful for receiving a small salary. I was paid IDR 600 thousand per month. It’s not enough, yet we have to be grateful,” said Siti, Wednesday (5/5/2021).

Near the end of Ramadan, the gratefulness of Siti Qomariyah increased after she received the food package assistance. The Branch Manager of ACT Purwokerto Andi Rahmanto said that the assistance was a form of affection and appreciation for the preachers and Quran Teachers in remote areas like Siti who have high enthusiasm and have tirelessly dedicated themselves to education.

“Before the assistance distribution, the beneficiaries have gone through selection. They are strong figures with high spirit to prepare another strong generation in the educational and religious field,” said Andi.

Andi encouraged the benefactors with more sustenance or wanted to pay their zakat to send them to the official website of Indonesia Dermawan since the donation and zakat from the muzaki (donors) aimed to be distributed to teachers, preachers, and underprivileged people throughout Indonesia.[]