Social Affairs Ministry Set to Provide Vocational, Entrepreneurship Training to Orphans affected by COVID-19

Wednesday, 08-September-2021 13:00

Harry Hikmat, Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs
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Harry Hikmat, Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Harry Hikmat, Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, says his office will provide vocational and entrepreneurship training to children whose parents died of COVID-19. Losing a parent or both to COVID-19 will certainly make the affected children become orphans.

The vocational and entrepreneurship training are included in the Social Rehabilitation Assistance Program (ATENSI), as a social rehabilitation service that uses a dynamic, integrative and complementary family, community, and/or residential-based approach.

In addition to vocational training and entrepreneurship coaching, there are also six other activities included in the ATENSI Program. Among them are support for fulfilling a decent life, social care and/or child care, family support, therapy (physical, psycho social, mental, and spiritual), social aid and assistance, and accessibility support.

"Let us make the future (of orphans) better, in accordance with the direction of Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini to optimize children's potential and social empowerment. All income is entirely for children and orphans whose parents died due to COVID-19, "explained Harry.

Harry made this statement in a webinar titled "Response to the Condition of Children Who Lost Parents due to COVID-19." Also present as a speaker is Kalis Mardiasih, the National Director of SOS Children's Village Indonesia.

Harry explained that vocational training and/or entrepreneurship coaching is an effort to provide skills so that children are able to live independently and/or productively. This is done by developing and channeling interests, talents and potentials.

“This also includes creating productive activities, access to economic business capital, assistance for independence, assistance for production facilities and infrastructure, as well as developing marketing networks, namely through the ATENSI Creative Center. Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini's message is that this program must be continued, sustainable and maintained," he said.

Harry further conveyed that the Indonesian government's plans and efforts in responding to the situation of children who have lost their parents due to COVID-19, such as data collection efforts, handling children through Child ATENSI and cooperation schemes.

For data collection, the Ministry of Social Affairs has issued a letter from the Minister of Social Affairs to Regents/Mayors throughout Indonesia on August 9, 2021. In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs also issued a letter from the Director General of Social Affairs to the Provincial/Regency/City Social Affairs Office on September 2, 2021, and followed up with a letter from the Director General of Social Affairs to LKSA/PSAA/Foundations on September 3, 2021.

An instrument for verification, validation and needs of orphans is also designed. Additional data such as reports from the community, TEPSA, UPT Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Office, and other Ministries/Institutions were also made.

As of September 7, 2021, 25,202 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19 have been registered, consisting of 34 provinces. Harry said data is dynamic and will continue to grow.

“The data is important for the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the data is used as an effort by the government to provide support to orphans. This is formally what the Regent/Mayor and those who are related to children's affairs at the Regency/City level must know,” said Harry.

The mechanism for providing assistance to orphans, orphans and orphans is a proposal from the community, social rehabilitation assistants, LKSA through social services, social rehabilitation centers. Then the management of the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS), verification, validation, assessment, opening ATENSI accounts, and sending assistance by post.

After that, assistance will be provided on the use of assistance, mentoring and alternative care and psychosocial support. Then follow-up interventions with other government programs and entrepreneurship for teenagers or those who are ready to work are carried out. Ended with supervision, monitoring and reporting. 

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