A geopark area should be a destination for educational activities. With all its potential, the geopark region can offer a wide range of knowledge such as geological, biological, cultural, social and economic through community empowerment activities. Educational institutions at various levels around the region and from outside, at present, it is advisable to hold various forms of educational activities in the geopark region.
This prompted the students of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) to implement the Student Study Service (KKN) program in Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu National Geopark Region. The program that becomes the obligation of UGM students can usually send their students to almost all regions in Indonesia. The KKN program consists of students’ contributions to the community by way of learning the lives of the community, participating in various community activities, making socialization and counseling appropriate areas of expertise, or even assisting the implementation of physical development, and so forth.
In KKN UGM 2017, several teams are scattered in several sub-districts and villages in Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu National Geopark Region in less than 2 months. One of them is in Tamanjaya Village and Ciwaru Village, Ciemas Sub-district.
On Tuesday (20/6), the representatives of the Management Body Team, had the opportunity to meet with the student representatives of the KKN. On that occasion, the students gave a lot of questions about geopark and discussed about student activities there. The expert team of Geopark Management Agency, Prof. Mega Fatimah Rosana advises on activities that can be implemented to assist the development of geoparks, especially on the educational side.
Students of KKN UGM also convey their ability to help create Geopark Point in SD Tegal Caringin. This is very useful in the preparation of Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu National Geopark as a candidate of UNESCO Global Geopark which will be assessed in early August. Prof. Mega Fatimah Rosana also appreciated this KKN activity and hoped that the activity could inspire the surrounding community to keep learning, also for other universities to be able to contribute to the geopark in Indonesia.
By: Rinaldi Ikhram