TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – village bank can be used to fund education in villages, said Minister of Villages, Deprived Areas Development and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar, nicknamed Gus Halim, in a written statement received on Friday.
The Village Fund is funding from the state budget used for village development and empowerment purposes.
During a visit to Banaran Village, Klaten, Central Java, the Minister noted that Anak Ceria Preschool Education (PAUD) and Pertiwi Banaran Kindergarten had received aid from the Fund from the village.
Banaran Village Chief, Catur Widodo, explained that Anak Ceria PAUD had received assistance from the Village Fund since 2015, when the regulations allowed the Village Fund to be used for educational purposes.
From the Village Fund, PAUD and TK teachers received a total incentive of Rp 800,000 each month.
“In addition, the Village Fund is used to cover the operating costs of PAUD and Kindergarten as per what we are proposing,” he noted.
Director of Anak Ceria PAUD and kindergartener Pertiwi Banaran Endah Harjanti expressed their gratitude for the presence of the Village Fund for helping to cover the running costs of the educational institutions she ran.
In the Anak Ceria PAUD and Pertiwi Banaran kindergarten, no student pays school fees.
There are also programs to strengthen the health of students through nutritional support in these institutions, for example by offering them healthy foods, such as meat and eggs.
Each student’s health is also regularly checked by head measurement and ear examination.
During the visit, Gus Halim also had a discussion with the village supervisors.
He urged the town supervisors to work hard to monitor development in the villages.
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