Maryati

Maryati

04
May

Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Indonesia at the end of March 2020, the government has appealed to the community to limit activities outside the home by carrying out learning, working and worshiping activities at home. The home study policy was supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture with the issuance of Circular Number 4 of 2020 which contained the implementation of educational policies in the emergency period of the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Ministry of Education and Culture also applies a temporary school closure policy and moves the teaching and learning process from school to home. With this policy, the entire teaching and learning process from teachers to students is done online.

For some Indonesian people, especially in urban areas, accessing the internet is not difficult. The internet has become a part of people's lives in this country. Recent research data from the Hootsuite content management service and the social media marketing agency We Are Social in a report titled "Digital 2020" says that currently, 64 percent of the total population in Indonesia has been connected to the internet.

However, what about people who live in rural or border areas who cannot access the internet because of the lack of available networks and limited fund?

Difficulties in organizing online learning activities were conveyed by Titis Kartikawati, a teacher in Sanggau, West Kalimantan, during  a virtual press conference entitled "Inspirations of Education Fighters during the Pandemic Period COVID-19" in Jakarta, Saturday (05/02/2020). She said that not all regions in Sanggau have internet networks because there are so many blank spots in the area. Besides, most parents work as farmers or vegetable traders, so buying internet quota is not their priority.

Teaching and learning activities during  COVID-19 pandemic are not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture, teachers, and parents, but also the responsibility of all levels of Indonesian society, including the media. Public television (TVRI) and radio (RRI), for example, are media that participate in broadcasting learning programs for students at home. This method helps teachers in delivering subject matter to students, especially for those living in remote areas who do not have internet access.

Hopefully, the obstacles encountered in carrying out teaching and learning activities will not dampen the enthusiasm of teachers and students and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. In any case, both during the pandemic and normal conditions, teaching and learning activities must still be carried out.

01
May

The number of deaths from Covid-19 in European countries reached 120,140 at the end of last week (CNN data 25/4). The highest case of death occurred in Italy, followed by Spain, France and England. Citing AFP, there are at least 2, 82 million cases of corona virus in the world with 60 percent of the total deaths occurred on the European Continent. But since the beginning of April the case of the spread of the corona virus in Europe began to slow down. It is hoped that the conducive situation will continue into May 2020.

European countries began to prepare for loosening of their area restrictions / lockdowns. Italy, for example, will begin to loosen the restrictions gradually starting on 4 May. The Netherlands plans to open lockdown on May 11, while continuing to take strict steps. Schools in the Netherlands will open on June 1, while cafes and restaurants will open on May 19. Germany, like Italy, will loosen lockdown on May 4. While Spain plans to stop lockdown in the second half of May 2020.

For European countries, it seems that May brought new enthusiasm after the previous months were overwhelmed by this corona virus. However, there are still many other countries in various parts of the world just entering the beginning of the pandemic. It is estimated that this  will still take a few months to control.

It is hoped that the easing of Regional Restrictions in several European countries this May will be successful and does not pose a risk of new transmission. So that it can be a reference for other regions that are currently still struggling to overcome the Corona Covid19 virus attack.

04
May

Enggang dance is a traditional dance of Dayak Kenyah tribe in East Kalimantan. The dance is a must to be performed in every traditional ceremony of Dayak Kenyah tribe. It describes daily life of hornbill bird.  According to the belief of Dayak Kenyah people, their ancestor came from the sky and went down to the earth like hornbill bird. Thereby, Dayak Kenyah people are very respectful and they also honor the hornbill. Nowadays, the dance is often performed to welcome the honor guests.

Enggang dance is performed by young girls of Dayak Kenyah tribe. When dancing, they wear some kinds of ornament on hornbill on their heads and also big earrings. They also hold the feathers of the bird’s horn. Their dance is being accompanied by traditional music, namely Sampe, Gendang and Gong. Sampe is Dayak’s typical string instrument.  

Enggang dance movement uses basic movement of hornbill. The movement of the dance consists of three main movements: namely Nganjat, Ngasai and Purak Barik. Nganjat is the main or typical movement of Dayak dance which looks like ivory hornbill. The movement symbolizes beautiful movement of the dancers.

Ngasai movement is like hornbill which is flying, and Purak Barik is a basic movement as the act of migrationOn the progress, there is a new creation of Enggang dance, but the creation cannot be separated from its meaning and also philosophy which contains in Enggang dance.

01
May

Bangka Belitung Islands Province is one of the marine tourism destinations in Indonesia. There are various marine tourism objects that are interesting   to visit.  One of them is Lengkuas Island. The beautiful island is located in Sijuk sub-district, Belitung Regency. The island takes about 25 to 40 minutes from  Tanjung Kelayang beach by motorboat.  Tanjung Kelayang beach  is located 27 kilometers from Tanjung Pandan, the capital of Belitung regency. When  you arrive in Lengkuas island, a row of granite will greet your coming at the beach location.

There are a variety of exciting tourism activities that you can do in Lengkuas Island.  For instance, you can go around the island by motorboat or just walk to enjoy the beauty of the island. Lengkuas Island is indeed a small island. It is only 1 hectare wide. On the Lengkuas island, you can do some water activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving, to enjoy the beauty of underwater marine life.  If you like diving, you can see the spot of  the wrecked  Indomarine ship that sank in 1999. This location is one of the favorite spots for divers. The wrecked Indomarine ship now become a home for coral reefs and colorful small fish.

Besides enjoying the natural beauty of Lengkuas Island, for those who love historical tourism, can visit the Lighthouse area. The lighthouse was built in 1882 by the Dutch government.  Until now this lighthouse still functions well as a guide for ship traffic coming and going from Belitung Island. This lighthouse that was built using steel and brick construction has 52 meters high and 18 floors. To enter the lighthouse, you must pay an entrance ticket of Rp 5,000. On each floor there is a window to see the outside views. The location of the window is different on each floor. So, you can see the beauty of Lengkuas Island and its beaches from every different angle. After arriving at the top, you can enjoy the beauty of scenery, a turquoise sea with granite rocks on the beach of Lengkuas island.