UNAIR NEWS – Contributing in the locals daily routines is one way of many which was done by the students in Community Service program – Learning Together with the Community (KKN-BBM) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) to get closer with the locals. It will be useful in implementing their designed programs as well as to understand the life in the community.
It was done by 3,502 of UNAIR students who were in the program. They were sent to five places in Jawa Timur and Riau Isles from July 19 to August 13, 2016.
Their coming were welcomed well by the local community and officials. As stated by Roby Suhada, the coordinator of students in KKN-BBM in Putren village, Sukomoro, Nganjuk. “Our coming was welcomed warmly and well,” said Roby, the student of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) UNAIR.
The area of KKN – BBM in Putren is a fertile agricultural area. It is not far from the sub-district pavilion. The village with five hamlets is inhabited with farmers mostly. Based on Roby’s observation, the inhabitants are quite prosperous.
“We use the condition to learn together with the community. It doesn’t need long time blend with the people here. We go to the fields, plant shallots, and harvest the cabbage as well as communicate with them,” Roby said.
While in Sampang, Siti Rohmah, a participant of KKN – BBM in Penyapen village, Jrengik subdistrict, Sampang, also shared her story in getting closer to the locals. In Penyapen, one routine always done after Maghrib prayer is praising the Prophet. Siti and her friends of KKN – BBM program was with the people to do it every evening.
“Opposite our place there is a big mosque. There is always a praising session to Prophet after Maghrib. We use the moment to introduce ourselves, about KKN- BMM and group programs,” said Siti, a student of Historical Science, Faculty of Humanities UNAIR.
Sipping coffee together isalso done by UNAIR students to get closer with the locals. Ricky Nuari, a student of Islamic Economics in KKN – BBM in Sarirejo Village, Bojonegoro, choose to have coffee with the locals to blend in.
They also get closer with the teenagers for the program implementation success. Reny Rachmalia, a student from Faculty of Fisheries and Marine (FPK), is getting closer to the youth group in Karangtengah village, Bagor subdistrict, Nganjuk.
“We must be close with the youth group as later we need their cooperation,” said Reny. (*)
Author: Akhmad Janni
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.