1175 Students participating in the Thematic Community Service and Empowerment Program of Unisma officially departed (3/8). The departure of the participants was carried out online by the Governor of East Java, Khofifah Indar Parawansa. Also attending the event was the Head of Sub-Directorate for Business Potentials of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Latifah Ningrum.
Unisma’s Rector, Prof. Dr. H. Maskuri, M.Si, revealed that around 80 percent out of 1175 participants of the Thematic Community Service and Empowerment lived in their respective domicile areas. “Students will work with the Covid-19 task force in their area. The task is to educate the public, especially in relation to a clean life, “he explained.
Furthermore, Prof. Maskuri said that the Thematic Community Service and Empowerment Program was held for the second time. The difference for this time thematic Community Service and Empowerment Program is that students are more focused on creating job opportunities for the community, for example, in Malang Regency there is a village with abundant zallaka production that has not been well processed by the community.
This Community Service and Empowerment Program allows the students to practice their skills from processing zallaka fruit to be juice, crackers, dodol to product marketing. Unisma Thematic Community Service and Empowerment Program will be carried out in a sustainable way. This means that it is not only done once a year but the program of Community Service and Empowerment Program will be continued by other students in the near future.
“This is in line with the concept of independent learning, namely collaborative experience and research,” he said.
East Java Governor, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, urged students who are going to take part in Community Service and Empowerment Program to pay attention to cities / regencies with red, orange and yellow zones.Through this program, the East Java Provincial Government is also strengthening tourism villages with a picking up, packaging, and selling model.
“This is the right time for either community service program students or research and community service unit of Unisma because currently we are doing recovery and community economic resilience as well as strengthening independent villages” she said.
The chair of research and community service unit of Unisma, Dr. Nour Athiroh, S.Si, M.Kes, added that community service program is scientific based. She hopes that the participants can express their creative ideas according to regional potential.