JAKARTA (UNAS) – National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global One – a Non Government Organization (NGO) engaged among others in the humanitarian field, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) based in London, England. Global One provides grants to Universitas Nasional to run programs associated with WASH. This is evidence of international confidence to Universitas Nasional for the commitment and integrity in running the Tri Darma Perguruan Tinggi, which are teaching, researching and doing community services.
Signer was attended by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Human Resources of Universitas Nasional, Dr. Eko Sugiyanto, M.Si, Vice Chancellor for Research, Community Services and Cooperation of Universitas Nasional, Prof. Ernawati Sinaga and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of Universitas Nasional, Dr. Zainul Djumadin, M.Si, and Asia Programme Manager of Global One, Shanza Ali, at the Grand Kemang, Jakarta, Friday (22/1). In addition, there were also Chairman of the Breeding Institute of Environment and Natural Resources Council of Ulama Indonesia, Dr. Hayu Prabowo and Chief Water, Sanitation and Hygiene UNICEF, Aidan Cronin as well as the Chief of other faculties of the National University.
In the future, the Universitas Nasional and Global One will run the programs relating to the problems of water, sanitation and hygiene. The campaign will be associated with religious values are expected to be more accepted by the community in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Therefore, on the same occasion Global One also signed an agreement with the Indonesian Women for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWWASH) – a network of women engaged in the WASH and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
” Global One is already familiar to the organization of the Universitas Nasional. Previously we have made collaboration for the conservation of the environment and encourage the formation IWWASH (Indonesia Woman for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). With this partnership, proving that the Universitas Nasional sufficiently regarded by international organizations, especially the consistency in implementing Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, ” said Prof. Ernawati.
For Global One, Indonesia is a pilot project of the program to be executed in four countries. Other countries are Bangladesh, Pakistan and India and the WASH issues is an important issue which is the focus of this organization.
” We saw a large gap to WASH issues. Whereas Islam has the solution. We want to be able to erase that gap through a religious approach. Therefore, Indonesia is a priority of the WASH program which we will live, because it is the largest Muslim country in the world. And we believe the National University can help us to make it happen, ” said Asia Programme Manager, Global One, Shanza Ali on the same occasion.
Vice-chairman of the Islamic Study Centre Universitas Nasional, Dr. Fachruddin Mangunjaya added, Universitas Nasional has set up programs for the implementation of cooperation with Global One. Among other socialization and training to the heads of Islamic boarding schools and mosques on WASH content. This program is expected to be of great benefit not only for the community, but also the nation.
” This activity help the government program and the Sustainable Development Goals is the reference frame of the construction of the world in 2015-20130, where one of his goals is the problem of water and sanitation, which ensures the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for everyone. For that, we need to provide an understanding and awareness of the importance of water and sanitation in advance, ” said Fachruddin.
Socialization and training conducted by the National University will use a guidebook on WASH currently being made by IWWASH and MUI. IWWASH also will conduct socialization and training of trainer to leaders of Muslim organizations in Indonesia. While MUI plans to incorporate material on this WASH material into Friday sermon.