Hello, Friends of Inovator! Now, let’s move on to another story. This time the story comes from Ketapang. This is a story from Ibu Siti Apuah (Staff of TBI Alfred Russel Wallace). The TBI Alfred Russel library is located in Pematang Gadung Village, Matan Hilir District, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan. Let’s read the story from Ibu Siti Apuah!

My name is Siti Apuah, a TBI Alfred Russel Wallace staff member. I want to tell you about how I became a TBI staff member. Since I was little, I dreamed of becoming a teacher. But because of economic limitations, I could not continue my education to study in college. I only graduated from a MAN (Madrasah Aliyah Negeri) [a Senior Islamic School equivalent to a high school]. But alhamdulillah, thank God, I am very grateful. Four years after finishing school, I got married. After marriage, I stayed at home and became a Quran teacher until today.

My dream of becoming a teacher began to be realized by teaching the Quran. In the beginning, I had only one student and now alhamdulillah, thank God, I have 15 students. Alhamdulillah, I thank God and I am very grateful to be able to share my knowledge with the children. Not long after becoming a Quran teacher, I was accepted as a posyandu (integrated health services post) cadre and a member of the Family Welfare Empowerment (PKK) program in our village. Three years after marriage, I got an offer from the village government to become a TBI staff member. After listening to the explanation and how it works, I immediately agreed to the offer, because that is what I have been wanting to do.

I really like the children and I think being a TBI staff member I will often meet with many children. That way, I will teach them what I can and also fulfill what they need. For example, I can teach them to hold a pencil, write, read, color, draw, make crafts with their hands, and so on.

Time has passed and I have officially become a TBI staff now. At the beginning of the TBI library opening, the enthusiasm of the children was truly extraordinary. It had 100 visitors one day. Children and parents come to the TBI library. After a year, it began to drop and I almost gave up hope, because indeed in one week at that time the visitors very rarely came.

I was embarrassed about this and worried about what my TBI friends at the TBI Head Office would think. The photos they send always portray a very crowded place. It was a burden for me. However, Pak Jarwo and the TBI Head Office team did not give up and encouraged me to stay motivated. Finally, every time I saw the children, I told them that the TBI library would be closed if they don’t come to visit. They were afraid of the closing and finally the problem was resolved and it all came back to normal.

After almost exactly 2 years 5 months, I again got an offer to be a kindergarten teacher. Alhamdulillah, thank God. I was chosen because I am a TBI staff member and I like children. You know how cute kindergarten children are! The principal said to me that they were looking for a teacher who likes children. Alhamdulillah, thank God they chose me and I accepted it. Therefore, in the morning from 7 to 10, I teach kindergarten, and in the afternoon from 1 to 4 or 5 I am at the TBI library.

It was very exciting but it is so sad that the joyous situation has changed now due to the corona pandemic as children are studying at home while the school is closed. The number of visitors to the TBI library also began to decline since the children stay at home and rarely go out. Nevertheless, to avoid boredom at home they can still borrow books from the TBI library to read in their respective homes.

That is the story of Ibu Siti Apuah. Hopefully, this pandemic will end soon so that the children at TBI Alfred Russel Wallace can resume their normal activities.

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