Reading is the best way to broaden one’s view, increase your knowledge, and help with learning. With reading, someone can be smarter and wiser in making choices. From that, a generation of wise and mannered leaders can be born.
To that end, Students from the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) Social Services program (KKN) group 73 in Batur Village, Kepuharjo, Cangkringan Subdistrict, Sleman, Special Region of Yogyakarta created the Omah Woco (Reading House) Mini Library in an empty building next to the Al-Jabal Nur mosque. Omah Woco functions as a place for the locals to study or read in their spare time.
Students of KKN 073 UMY and the locals of Batur Village collected books from the public to be donated to the mini-library. The donated books vary from tales of the Prophets, Islamic Sunnah, Pre-teen novels, books about certain knowledge fields, and other books both for children or adults. “Omah Woco will be managed by the local mosque’s caretaker and will benefit the children who go to the mosque for afternoon classes. After their classes, they can learn and read there,” Stated Mr. Wowok, one of the elders of Batur Village on Thursday (12/09).
The mini-library is a part of the main work programs from group 073’s thematic KKN course. The program can hopefully empower local human resources through the government program of Sakinah Family for Villages (DBKS). “One of the main points are advanced intellectual and education with good character. Hopefully, the presence of Omah Woco can help increase the quality of local human resources. In the end, we aim to help children to become a better generation that is smarter and with good character through Islamic values,” Stated Rita Kusumawati, the On-site Lecturer for KKN 073 UMY.
Meanwhile, the leader of KKN 073 UMY, Suharli, stated the importance of teaching younger generations, which inspired the creation of Omah Woco to support their reading needs. “As Buya Hamka once said, ‘”Faith without knowledge is a lantern in the hands of an infant, and knowledge without faith is a lanter in the hands of a thief.” knowledge and faith needs to go side by side for a better and more peaceful life,” Suharli closed. (Hbb)