UB Students’ Campus Teaching Program at the 3T Elementary School

Muhammad Iklil Zaki (Center) Together with the Students of SDN 38 Kelingkau Elementary School, Sambas Regency, West Kalimantan

In Campus Teaching Program Batch II of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, there are as many as 115 UB students who were selected. There are two UB students who reap extraordinary experiences while participating in the Campus Teaching Program and share their experiences in 3T Elementary School (Frontier, Outermost, and Least Developed).

They are Muhammad Iklil Zaki from English Education, Faculty of Cultural Studies and Celine Endang Sitanggang from the Faculty of Law (FH).

In the campus teaching batch II, Iklil served at SDN 38 Kelingkau, Sambas Regency, West Kalimantan.

At first, Iklil did not think that the school he was going to was far behind compared to the area where he lived.

“I come from the 3T area, I thought that my elementary school was already quite least developed in terms of education, but there are still some which are less qualified than my previous school,” he said.

Iklil added, because of the 68 km long access to SDN 38 Kelingkau, plus the condition of the road that had to be traversed instead of asphalt roads, he finally decided to take the nearest rented house from the school.

“From renting house to school is about 15 km, like it or not because I happen to have lectures every Tuesday, so on Monday after teaching I will definitely go to the nearest district city to get internet access,” he said.

The condition of SDN 38 Kelingkau is arguably less than adequate, there are only two classrooms that have cement floors. The rest includes the office are boarded.

“At SDN 38 Kelingkau, students experience learning loss or academic setbacks, there are 3rd graders who cannot recognize letters and there are 5th graders who are not yet fluent in simple summation,” he said.

Therefore, to anticipate this, Iklil and three of his friends who were assigned to teach at SDN 38 Kelingkau, held additional lessons to catch up.

Celine Endang Sitanggang

Meanwhile, Celine Endang Patricia Sitanggang, a student of FH UB who teaches at SD Tunas Bangsa Bontang, East Kalimantan, conveyed that the school where she teaches is very dirty since it is not used during the pandemic.

“The number of classrooms is very limited, so that teaching 1,2,3 graders is in one room sometimes. The number of students from grades 1-6 is 28 people. The first few weeks of teaching made me confused because they were very lack in literacy and numeracy, so it really trained my patience and sparked my enthusiasm to find learning methods that were suitable for them,” said Celine.

Therefore, to strengthen student literacy, Celine provides additional lessons outside of school material.

“Usually on Thursday and Friday I strengthen literacy and numeracy so that I study outside the material since the students at this school are not yet fluent in reading and arithmetic,” he said.

Despite having many challenges in Campus Teaching program, Iklil and Celine experience many benefits and lessons that can be learned, one of which is that education is the most important and luxurious thing since not everyone can get it.

“Elementary school education is the first step for children. When they were in elementary school they couldn’t read and count but were always pressured by just giving homework, so the students wouldn’t develop,” said Iklil closing the interview.

The Campus Teaching Program is included in the Independent Learning Independent Campus (MBKM) activity. The Campus Teaching Program which was attended by Muhammad Iklil Zaki and Celine Endang Patricia Sitanggang is the second batch in 2021. The second batch of Campus Teaching Program starts on August 2 and ends on December 17, 2021.

In the Campus Teaching program, students will be placed in schools that match their domicile.

“In addition to gaining experience, they will learn a lot of soft skills that they don’t get in lectures. On campus teaching, they will gain experience of leadership and collaboration with others. Basically, the Campus Teaching program educates students to have many things,” said the Coordinator of Campus Teaching Program 2021 Batch II from UB, Ismatul Khasanah, S.Pd., M.Pd., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).