Student Personality Development Work Unit Universitas Brawijaya (UPT PKM-UB) held a survey to map the character of students’ tolerance. This survey was conducted during April 2022 involving 397 students from 16 faculties in the age range of 17-22 years.
From this research, the conclusion that can be drawn is that the tolerance level of UB students is at the medium level as much as 85.64 percent, high level as much as 4.03 percent, and low level as much as 10.33 percent.
“We conclude that the average tolerance of UB students is in the medium category since there are indicators which positions are low, namely how students accept minorities, which in my opinion drops another point. Whereas in other indicators that are conceptual in nature, the scores are quite good and show that students really understand the issue of diversity tolerance,” explained by the Head of UPT PKM Dr. Mohamad Anas S.Fil., M.Phil, Monday (23/05/2022).
In addition, most of the respondents are students who studying during the pandemic, so they have not really interacted directly with their friends in campus. “This is a separate homework for how to foster an attitude of tolerance during a pandemic,” he said.
Anas said that there were seven indicators in this study, namely: (1) Understanding of tolerance and human values, (2) Attitude of acceptance of differences, (3) Attitude of acknowledging the existence of minorities, (4) Attitude of not imposing will, (5) Mutual respect for fellow human beings, (6) Response to acts of intolerance, and (7) Practice of Tolerance.
“This mapping is not in order to see weaknesses, but rather to find out which spot we can develop to strengthen the character values of UB students,” said this FISIP lecturer.
Seeing this, UPT PKM as a trustee for character education strives to continue to develop programs and activities for students, especially at the level of action or practice.
“Actually, we have long initiated interfaith programs, such as Moral Camp or National School. Where we invite students to plural villages or hamlets to learn about diversity, greet minorities. However, so far only 50-60 students have participated. I think it is important to be more massive, because it will change the mindset of students,” he said.
Anas added, UPT PKM has provided KEREN application, which stands for Creative Character, Entrepreneur, Religious, and Nationalist.
“So, every student who takes the PKM course can be connected to the application, and must make projects that are tolerant in nature. I think this is good for the development of values and character of tolerance. And we hope there will be a response from the leadership for a more comprehensive policy to increase student tolerance,” he said.
UPT PKM in UB manages four character education courses, namely Religion, Pancasila, Citizenship, and Indonesian Language.
Head of Research and Community Service Division, Millatuz Zakiyah, S.Pd., M.A said, this research was carried out in accordance with scientific research procedures, namely through FGD preparation of definitions, concepts, and tolerance variables, preparation of indicators, preparation of questionnaires, testing the validity and reliability of data by testing try in small groups and discussion with experts.
“After the questionnaire is proven to be credible and reliable, then the online questionnaire is distributed to students from 16 faculties,” explained Millatuz. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]