ACTNews, KARIMUN REGENCY – A famous saying in Indonesia says teachers are unsung heroes. It is because of the selfless role of teachers in educating the young generations and future leaders. Amidst the teachers' crucial role, it turns out that there are still many teachers who are underappreciated and impoverished.
Mada, a mother of three children, is an honorary teacher in a public elementary school in Teluk Air Village, Karimun District, Karimun Regency, Riau Islands. She has been an honorary teacher for four years. She earns only IDR 850,000 per month.
“Being a teacher is my way of life even though my income is small. I need to be patient and sincere because of Allah. This is all for the sake of educating and making my students successful,“ said Mada.
Mada is a single parent who has to support her three children. She must meet the necessities of life and pay for the tuition fees.
“Now, it is getting harder to make ends meet. My income was cut due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have no choice but to earn additional money so my family can survive. Insha Allah, hope I stay strong in life," she explained.
This month, Mada is a beneficiary of the Friend of Indonesian Teacher program. She admitted that her struggles as an honorary teacher have been noticed by Generous Friends.