Now that we are entering into the disaster recovery period after the Lombok earthquake last year, Titian Foundation (Titian) is always ready to channel any assistance to help ease the burdens of the Lombok people, especially in maters relating to education. Ahead of preparations for the junior high school’s computer-based national exams (UNBK) which were scheduled for April 22nd -25th, there were still many schools that needed computers so that students could confidently go through this very important stage in their education. One of them was the Junior High School of SMPN 1 Pemenang in Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok.
In early March 2019, a total of 31 computers were sent from CLC Titian Kaliurang to help assist the needs of the students in Lombok. Two national companies, PT Trias Sentosa, Tbk and PT ALP Petro Industry donated a number of used but well-functioning computers that were still more than adequate for Titian’s activities. A total of 20 computers were handed over to SMPN 1 Pemenang with the rest sent to CLC Titian which situated at SMPN 2 Pemenang in Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok. Preparation and installation of these computers was swiftly underway. This included a test run of the installation and computer system so that the school would be ready for the UNBK rehearsal held on 18th and 19th March. All went off without a hitch.
Towards the D-day of UNBK, up to seven computers were prepared as backups in case there were any issues with the main computers used for the national exam. On the UNBK-day, everything went smoothly and there were no issues at all. SMPN 1 Pemenang, represented by school Principal, Ibu Khaeriah, S.Pd. thanked the donors for facilitating the school’s teaching and learning activities. After UNBK, the computers will be moved to their computer lab as a learning resource for students and teachers so that they can all be more literate in ICT – Information and Telecommunications Technology. (GP)