UNAIR Students Create Information Media on COVID-19 in the Local Language to Help Spread Awareness in the Community

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One of the activities of the Community Service Program of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR),    “Learning with Community (KKN-BBM)” has been successfully conducted in Morkonah hamlet, Banangkah Village, Burneh Sub-district, Bangkalan Regency, Madura.

A group of eight students conducted several programs from July 11 to July 24, 2020. Inas Hanifah, a member of the Banangkah Village Community Service Program explained that most of the community population work as farmers. Furthermore, the location of the area is very remote and difficult to access.

“Education and information about COVID-19 are still lacking here, and therefore we built a media of information about it,” explained Inas on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

The information media was chosen to be the main program because it was also useful to curb fake news and reduce the spreading of hoaxes during a pandemic.

With friendly and accurate Covid-19 information media, the public is expected to be assisted more to find Covid-19 information. Moreover, in the content, Inas and her friends use language that is easy to understand by the community.

“The information media that we created are in Madurese, so it will be easier for the public to understand. We make Madurese posters, Madurese videos, and direct outreach, ” she explained.

Inas continued, all this time, national information media use Indonesian and it is feared that there is a lack of understanding. So, the KKN group in Banangkah village came by providing a solution for the digital information media in Madurese.

When the Community Service Program was underway, it was found out that Inas and her group had collaborated with village officials and the locals. It was done to provide a persuasive approach related to healthy living and educate the community well.

In addition to bringing educational programs to the community, the Banangkah Village Community Service group held a virtual coloring contest for children and provided a tutorial video for making Kuserhe wedang. “When drafting a program, we intervene in the cause of the problem, and not just look at the problem. That way, the program will be right on target and efficient, ” she said.

“We are very grateful to all those who have helped and supported our program. Hopefully, in the future, there will be an opportunity to return and empower the village of Banangkah to be even better, ” she concluded.