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    1,076 Ponpes Qualified for Phase I Selection OPOP Program


    BANDUNG - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil accompanied by Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum handed gifts to boarding schools (ponpes) participants of One Pesantren One Product (OPOP) during the OPOP Business Meeting at The Trans Luxury, Bandung City, Tuesday (3/9/19/19 ).

    In the event, there were 1,076 Islamic Boarding School students who participated in the Phase I OPOP while receiving prizes from the West Java Provincial Government. The prize is in the form of business meetings, training and apprenticeship, assistance in strengthening business capital, business assistance, and product promotion through pamaren.

    Emil - greeting Ridwan Kamil - appreciated and expressed his congratulations to 1,076 Islamic Boarding Schools. For him, this has become happiness because it has become his goal to advance the world of education in Islamic Boarding Schools.

    "This is a happy day because this is an ideal. There are a thousand more pesantren that are being accompanied to establish an independent business this year," Emil said.

    OPOP itself is a development equalization program initiated by the West Java Provincial Government. The aim of OPOP is to build the independence of pesantren through economic empowerment by helping pesantren choose commodities. Then, provide training, internships, and assistance - marketing production, and finance.

    The OPOP business system is different from other entrepreneurial programs because it first seeks off-takers or buyers. Then, the boarding school participants will produce products according to consumer demand.

    "His dream is a large West Javanese economy, not only controlled by formal business. We want the economy of the people, whose node is in Bangkit Pesantren," Emil said.

    "All this time, pesantren want to be self-employed, but there are people who don't know what they want to sell, where they get their capital from, where they sell," he said. "Therefore, through OPOP we are encouraging pesantren. We are giving capital, looking for buyers as well. Added to this is digitalization because it is completely digital, including marketing," Emil added.

    At present, the OPOP program has entered the business meeting stage. The business meeting aims to bring together Islamic boarding schools with entrepreneurs and a number of companies, such as BukaLapak, Blibli, Telkom, and Angkasa Pura, in creating a business collaboration climate.

    The boarding school which was a participant in OPOP phase I previously registered online. Then, the pesantren must complete administration and make a selection. From this stage, 1,076 pespes netted.

    There are several academics involved in the selection process, including SBM ITB and Padjadjaran University. Later, from 1,076 pesantren 108 will be selected with the best product in the selection phase II. Then, 10 pesantren will be selected with the best provincial product category.

    Head of the Cooperative and Small Business Agency of West Java Province Kusmana Hartadji said that the majority of Islamic boarding schools in West Java were unable to be economically independent to finance operational needs and the development of pesantren facilities and infrastructure.

    "The Governor, the Deputy Governor was also present to motivate the people's economy to improve," Kusmana said.

    Kusmana also hopes that through OPOP, Islamic Boarding Schools can market their products regionally, nationally, and internationally. Thus, it will involve approximately 40 off-takers to collaborate on the program.

    Meanwhile, representatives from the Bogor Boarding School Rizalihut Cendikia Asep Rahmat said OPOP could encourage the independence of pesantren effectively and efficiently. According to him, pesantren's productivity in economic activities will increase. That way, operational teaching and learning activities in Islamic boarding schools can be fulfilled independently.

    "We sell souvenirs at Pesantren in Puncak, Bogor, such as snacks and so on. The current turnover reaches approximately Rp. 200 million and now continues to increase," said Asep.

    Asep said that his office was digitizing economic activities. One of them is by selling products through e-commerce and other platforms. The goal is that the sales market expands.

    Here are 17 Champion Pesantren programs (Pesantren Champion, Prosperous Welfare), namely:
    1. OPOP,
    2. Establishment of pesantren empowerment institution / body,
    3. Development of a pesantren data base and management information system,
    4. Regulations on religious education and religious establishment,
    5. Facilities and infrastructure assistance for Diniyah boarding schools, Takmiliyah, and religious education regulations and religious establishment,
    6. Santri operational assistance and kyai incentives,
    7. Scholarships for students in the study program S-1 / S-2 / S-3,
    8. Educational cadres of Islamic boarding school leaders,
    9. Moderate Islamic education and nationality insight,
    10. Development of modern boarding school management,
    11. Standardization of pesantren curriculum and equalization of pesantren alumni,
    12. Fostering and developing the Polar Qira-atul,
    13. Strengthening the Islamic boarding schools of the Koran,
    14. Research and collection of manuscripts scholarly works,
    15. Boarding schools are healthy, beautiful, and environmentally friendly,
    16. Sending students with outstanding achievements to attend further education abroad, and
    17. Elderly boarding schools.

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