As one of the major organizations in Indonesia, Muhammadiyah has members across various corners of the country, in addition to the various autonomous organizations underneath. One of them is Aisyiyah who also has tens of thousands of members in various regions of the country. For this reason, the programs carried out by both organizations, starting from the sub-branches, must be precise so that Muhammadiyah can continue to grow.
The Rector of the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P, IPM. said that many Muhammadiyah Sub-Branch Leaders (PRM) are not active and the Sub-branches are losing members. This problem should receive serious attention from all Muhammadiyah cadres and institutions.
“This is indeed something that concerns all of us, there are some of our friends who say that Muhammadiyah lives and dies around the Muktamar (conference). It means that before the Muktamar, there will be new branches that show up everywhere. But after that, they just go missing, “he said during a speech at a Sharing session on empowerment/development of Muhammadiyah-Aisyiyah branches and sub-branches hosted by the Office of Research, Publication, and Social Services (LP3M) of UMY, Saturday (12/20) at Gedung Ar. A UMY.
Gunawan also continued that there needs to be some sort of innovation in the management of Branch and Sub-Branch Leaders of Muhammadiyah in collaboration with various Muahammadiyah Colleges (PTM) in Indonesia. He explained that universities need to conduct social services program (KKN) to serve the Muhammadiyah leadership. The inactivity of the Muhammadiyah leadership caused many of the charitable efforts and assets of the Muhammadiyah to be neglected and closed.
“We have actually been trying for a long time to form an Organizational Social Service Program (KKN) with Muhammadiyah Student Association (IMM) activists to join the Muhammadiyah leadership. Later they will be assigned to branches, sub-branches or businesses. From the survey that we have conducted, we found that there are many schools that close and many of their teachers do double shifts because the lack of members,” Gunawan continued.
The Secretary of Aisyiyah Central Board, Dr. Tri Hastuti Nur R., S. Sos, M.Sc, also added that Muhammadiyah is facing the same problem, namely, the lack of active movement in the branch level leadership. For that reason, she felt the need of assistance from Muhammadiyah cadres who are studying at Muhammadiyah Colleges (PTM).
“We have a website that just begs to be used. However, it is not used by Aisyiyah members because we do not know how to use it. We need help from the younger generation to use it”, she stated.
Currently, Muhammadiyah have 3221 Branch Leaderships at the sub-district level and 8107 Sub-Branch levels at village level. Meanwhile, Aisyiyah has 2940 Branch Leaderships and 8322 Sub-Branch Leaderships all across Indonesia. The continued contribution of Muhammadiyah activists in Muhammadiyah Colleges will truly help local leadership. (ak)