Deaf of FEB UB Alumni Receives Duskin Leadership Training Scholarship in Japan

Rieka Aprilia Hermansyah (in hijab)) with her colleagues at Duskin Leadership Training

Rieka Aprilia Hermansyah, a deaf alumna of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, received Duskin Leadership Training scholarship organized by The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities. Rieka, as she is affectionately called, will take part in intensive training for 10 months in Japan from October 2023 to July 2024.

Rieka is an alumna of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University. She entered FEB UB in 2013 and graduated in early 2018. During her studies until now, she has been active in advocating for Deaf rights in Indonesia, teaching at various schools, and leading Akar Tuli (Deaf Students Action) based in Malang City. Even though she graduates in 2018, Rieka is still actively involved in helping disabled students at Brawijaya University as a speaker in various occasions, such as training Deaf teachers to be able to teach sign language.

Since early 2023, Rieka has been preparing registration to take part in the selection for this training. Four months before her graduation and departure, she was selected directly by the organizers who came directly to Indonesia. At that time, the selection took place in sign language and English.

“I was very surprised because it turned out that the selection was directly facing them here,” Rieka’s signs were translated into verbal Indonesian by volunteers at the Disability Services Subdirectorate of Brawijaya University at the end of May 2023.

Learning to Improve the Deaf Community’s Advocacy Capacity

Arriving in Japan in October 2023, Rieka was very happy because it was her first trip abroad. According to her, this allowed her to broaden his horizons about many things, from the independence of people with disabilities, the Deaf movement, encounters with participants from various backgrounds, and the general spirit of inclusion in various countries.

“Many of my friends here are from other countries. “They are from various countries, especially in Asia,” she responded via short message.

According to Rieka, the 23rd batch of Duskin Leadership Training will receive language training in the first three months. Since Rieka is a sign language user, she will learn Japanese sign language.

In the next stage, Rieka and her contemporaries in the training will study various things related to the empowerment of people with disabilities, starting from the history of the movement for people with disabilities in Japan, policies, services, to the current situation faced by people with disabilities there. Because the training focuses on leadership for people with disabilities in various sectors, she and her friends also have to take specific training in the areas of organization, management and leadership. Individually, participants also learn to write, present their thoughts and concepts, and how to run disability-inclusion programs.

“This training, I hope, can increase my knowledge about leadership. “So far, I have been active in many organizations, especially Deaf organizations,” said Rieka.

The training organizer, namely The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, prepared all the training accommodations. Rieka and other participants from various countries stayed at Toyama Sunrise hotel which made it easier for them to take part in group and individual training.

“I am very happy to be able to take part in this training. I learned a lot of things. “Even though it’s still early days, it feels very inspiring to keep learning,” added Rieka.

In addition to specific training on the theme of leadership for people with disabilities, Duskin Leadership Training also includes other relevant activities, such as cultural activities in Japan for participants.[mahali/ UB PR/ Trans. Iir]