UNAIR NEWS – For some people, implementation of online learning system has become a problem as well. The issue occurs not only related to the learning system that confuses students, but the high cost of internet quota. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, massive layoffs have also occurred and affected the economy.
In response to this problem, BEM FKG UNAIR in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), 1000 Senyum, provided free internet facilities for students on Jln. Keputih Timur Pompa Air, Surabaya. The handover ceremony which was also attended by local figures taking place on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
Darsono, as a local community leader, expressed his gratitude for the learning facilities support. Previously, many children had difficulty accessing online learning materials because they did not have access to the internet.
“The provision of free internet access not only makes it easier for students to learn, but also eases the burden on parents of students,” he said.
Children, continued Darsono, are mostly still in elementary school. So, a supervising adult is still needed. Therefore, he and local residents made the hall of the mosque a learning center while also implementing health protocols and establishing turns.
By focusing on the mosque, Darsono hoped that the enthusiasm for learning and worshiping in children will increase. According to him, apart from studying online, children are also invited to regularly learn to read the Qur’an.
Meanwhile, M. Canino Cahya representing BEM FKG UNAIR said that this wi-fi charity program will spread across six regencies in Indonesia. The distribution point is part of 1000 Senyum NGO coordination area.
“The installation of free wi-fi for students will be distributed in the areas of Talise Beach, Palu, Manggarai Barat, East Nusa Tenggara, Bangkalan, Kediri, Nganjuk, and Surabaya,” said Nino.
Not only providing free internet facilities, his party also provided assistance in the form of study desks, hand washing stations, and other supporting facilities. Providing free internet access for students is a form of solutive program to public complaints about the high price of internet quotas.
Moreover, if students cannot access the material provided online, it will have fatal consequences for their learning process. Therefore, the wi-fi charity program is expected to make students enthusiastic about learning again.
“These students are forced to learn online instead of going to school directly. So what is needed is not only enthusiasm, but also supporting facilities such as internet access and gadgets, “he said.
“We have also discussed plans to provide joint learning facilities, such as gadgets or computers, but it is being discussed. Please pray, hopefully our good intentions can be realized so that we can help younger students who don’t have devices, “he added.
The wi-fi charity program also received funding support from NarasiTV and Kitabisacom. This activity is also a part of the Dentistry Charity BEM FKG UNAIR work program . (*)
Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti
Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i