3rd August 2017, Scha

Recently, 12 international UMY KKN students have departed to the neighboring country, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia. Sabah is well known for its tallest mountain in Southeast Asia – Mount Kinabalu. This event was held on 30th July by Rector UMY Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P. Previously, UMY had also sent students to Davao, Southern Philippines for KKN International.

UMY Rector expects the International KKN Tawau students to be successful in implementing this international KKN and can be a good pioneer for the continuation of similar programs in the future. On that occasion, he was also accompanied by Head of LP3M, Dr. Ir. Gatot Supangkat, M.P., Vice Dean of Fisipol Bambang Wahyu Nugroho, M.A., Kaprodi HI (International Relations), Dr. Nur Azizah, M.Si., Secretary of Prodi HI Siti Muslikhati, M.Si, and Secretary of IPIREL (International Program of HI), Dian Azmawati, M.A.

All the twelve students come from the International Relations Science Program, Faculty of Social Sciences and Political Science (Fisipol). They are Muhammad Azis Irfanuddin (Chairman), Sitta Wahyu Qurana (Secretary), Nellatika Chairunnisa (Treasurer) and consists of Amira Dysa Rusyida Larasati, Annisa Rizki Yuniar, Eliestya Kridhaswari, Nabila Zalzabila Lausepa, Tesya Ikrima Mutiara Sukma, Mochammad Ade Pamungkas, Mohammad Irfan Nabil, Vega Bhenazi, and Dhany Putra Pratama. They are departed to Tawau via flight Jogja – Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Lumpur – Tawau on Monday (31/7), and arrived in Tawau at 20:30 local time. This trip they were accompanied by Kaprodi HI, Dr. Nur Azizah, M.Si., and Field Advisor (DPL) Bambang Wahyu Nugroho, S.IP., M.A.

According to Bambang Wahyu Nugroho, through the report from UMY Public Relations Bureau on Wednesday (2/8), the KKN students will be in Tawau until August 27, 2017. This one month program aimed education and empowerment for Indonesian worker children (TKI) in Tawau. “Tawau is a place where there are thousands of Indonesian’s children who have not received adequate basic education services. Even in recent years, Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have collaborated to establish a Community Learning Center (CLC) working with Malaysian NGOs called “Humana” in managing the education of the TKI children. The presence of KKN students from UMY is seen to support the improvement of basic education services. In addition to the basic education sector, the KKN program will also undertake community empowerment, TKI families, which are generally oil palm plantation workers. In addition, students will also introduce promoting UMY to them in Tawau” explained Bambang Wahyu.

He added “the first KKN program to be held at KRI Tawau could encouraging for similar programs in the future. Due to the high expectations by the Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, KKN students were given the role of assisting consular duties in the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia. In addition, since KKN times also took place in August, our KKN students were also specifically asked to assist in the event of Independence Day, including building the selected TKI children for (paskibra) on becoming the August 17th. All the student are warmly welcomed by Indonesia General Consulate in Tawau, Krishna Djelani during the welcoming ceremony” stated Bambang Wahyu.

May this program bring the aspiration for students in cultivating soft skills through their involvement in extra co-curricular activities.