ACTNews, TANGERANG REGENCY – Sri Untoro successfully completed his undergraduate studies last year at the age of 64. However, this Civics teacher at one of the Vocational High Schools in Legok District, Tangerang Regency, has a great enthusiasm for education.
Sri's journey in the field of education has not always been smooth. In the mid-'90s, he stopped for five years and worked in a factory to make ends meet. "But because teaching is my calling, I returned to teaching after quitting factory work," Sri said on Tuesday (3/1/2022).
Even though he has been teaching for decades, Sri is still an honorary teacher with a salary of IDR400,000 a month. His salary is often disbursed in installments every three months. The electricity in Sri's house comes from his neighbor's because, but in the midst of these difficulties, Sri continues to teach and educate. "My principle is that being a teacher is a provision for our journey in the afterlife," said Sri.
Global Zakat-ACT provided support to Sri through the Friends of Indonesian Teachers program. Through this program, Sri received assistance in the form of food packages. It is hoped that this assistance will encourage Sri's spirit in teaching.