Solidarity can ease reconstruction of disaster-affected schools

id Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini ,National Social Solidarity Day , International Day of Disabled Persons

Solidarity can ease reconstruction of disaster-affected schools

Illustration—Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini, at a workshop on adolescent health and COVID-19 in Banten and Jakarta, which was organized by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Jakarta on December 15, 2022. (ANTARA/HO-Kemensos)

Klungkung, Bali (ANTARA) - Social solidarity can help smoothen the reconstruction of schools in Majene, West Sulawesi, which have been affected by the earthquake, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has said.

"When the communities cooperate, they are taught to make bricks, but the anti-earthquake ones. We teach them that we finally can get half of the price (of the school construction costs)," the minister said here on Tuesday, after receiving a report that school children in Majene were still studying under tents.

With a spirit of solidarity and mutual cooperation, school construction can save costs of up to Rp500 million, supported by assistance from various parties. The rest of the budget can be used for students' other learning needs.

The commemoration of the National Social Solidarity Day (HKSN) and International Day of Disabled Persons (HDI) involved the ministry's technical units in several regions. The HKSN commemoration in 2022 was themed “Rise Together to Build the Nation.”

The commemorations of HKSN and HDI were based on the awareness that not only the government, but all elements of the nation, such as the society, social institutions, social pillars, and the private sector, have a very valuable contribution to helping those in need.

This year's HKSN was commemorated with several activities for increasing social participation, solidarity, harmony, promoting the spirit of helping each other, social awareness, empathy, sharing, and tolerance.

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The activities included refurbishing the homes of persons with disabilities, providing clean water facilities, and building a school, as well as carrying out cataract surgeries at 31 locations in Indonesia.

Other activities at the event included the conferment of awards to those who have contributed to the field of social welfare, the launch of several national programs, such as Nusantara Economic Heroes, the Integrated House of Welfare, assistance for the elderly, persons with disabilities, orphans, and the movement for preventing persons with mental disabilities from being shackled.