Synergy of Kindness for Education in Indonesia

Baitul Maal Foundation of Project Management Center of State Electricity Company (YBM PLN Pusmanpro) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) carried out Friends of Indonesian Students program in Semarang. The program provided assistance including school equipment, smartphones for online learning, and scholarships.

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Symbolic handover of educational assistance from YBM PLN and ACT to students in Semarang. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SEMARANG – Education is one of the important instruments for the sustainability of the nation's generation. Therefore, Baitul Maal Foundation of Project Management Center of State Electricity Company (YBM PLN Pusmanpro) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) provided assistance for students in Semarang City through Friends of Indonesian Students program.

The result of the collaboration was assistance including school equipment, smartphones for online learning, and scholarships for the students. The assistance handover was symbolically carried out in Jalan Tambak Mulyo, Tanjung Mas, Village, North Semarang District, Friday (10/8/2021).

"Following our national goal, ACT continuously commits to advancing the public welfare and educating the nation's life. One of the realizations is through Friends of Indonesian Students program," said Maruf Setiawan, Branch Manager of ACT Central Java.

Meanwhile, Wahyudi, a representative of YBM PLN Pusmanpro hopes that the realization of PLN employees’ zakat can encourage students to learn enthusiastically. “I can see that the children have high enthusiasm to learn despite many limitations. Hopefully, this program will continue to assist students across Indonesia," Wahyudi hoped.

To choose the students that would be the assistance recipients, they had gone through a series of direct selection and assessments so that the distribution was truly right on target. Ani, one of the teachers at the Syifaur Rahmah Education Foundation, admitted that she was greatly helped by Friends of Indonesian Students program.

“Some of our students are afraid to go to school since they have tuition arrears for months although the school never demands them to pay it quickly. However, Alhamdulillah, assistance from YBM PLN can motivate the students to go to school again,” said Ani.

The next assistance recipients were students in Ahbaabul Mukhtar Islamic Boarding School, Mijen District, Semarang City. In this boarding school, there were several students who had not completed their school tuition. However, everything has been resolved through Friends of Indonesian Students program.[]