The YSS-KKN (Real Work Lecture) mission to Belitung Timur, Bangka Belitung, Indonesia was held from February 18, 2018 until March 6, 2018. This is the first mission of YSS under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to Indonesia through strategic links between Kalbis Institute and the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI) with YSS under the KKN program. This collaboration is aimed for strengthening Malaysia-Indonesia relations in the context of ASEAN. KKN is a student service activity to the community by carrying out volunteer work at specific times and places that was introduced since 1971. RISTEKDIKTI requires every higher education institution to implement KKN as part of their co-curriculum activities based on three components namely education, research and devotion. The involvement in KKN becomes one of the mandatory requirements for graduating students in Indonesia.
“In essence, the meaning behind volunteerism is that when you give something meaningful though the value is not high, but can be measured in terms of the time, the help to the public”, said Ms Adilah. She added that, “We have been trained to implement some of the knowledge we learnt on how to develop Kampung Desa Baru area as a tourist center.
“Certain experience will not be forgotten as I could recall that every day I have to walk as far as 1.5 kilometers because of the distance of my family's home away from the ‘Dusun Hall’ where we need to gather each morning before commencing our project activities. Hence, I can conclude that the Kampung Baru community is very friendly and always share a smile as we faced each other. The comfortable and peaceful atmosphere is an important aspect in making this New Village area a tourism attraction in the future. In addition, I had the opportunity to conduct a discussion session with trained doctors and medical staffs at the Community Health Center (PUSKESMAS) to discuss some of the health related activities that will be conducted in the New Village area”, according to Miss Ismazatul.
Date of Input: 30/03/2018 | Updated: 19/07/2018 | m_izrul
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