Ahmad Fathoni Lc M.Ag is optimistic that the Arabic Language Certification Program for Indonesian Workers being prepared will reduce the level of violence to Indonesian workers abroad. (Photo: Ariel).
THE VIOLENCE happened to the Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) in the place of settlement abroad increasingly is concerned. Some of the mistreatment done by employers are due to cultural differences, background, and language. It cannot be denied that many migrant workers who go abroad are not equipped with adequate skills. As a result, there is often a dispute between employers and labor migrants which leads to the persecution.
Realizing this fact, University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) through the program of Arabic Language Education (PBA) Department of Islamic Studies Faculty (FAI) is formulating a certification trainer program for translators of TKI and Female Workers (TKW). The department head, Ahmad Fathoni Lc. M.Ag, explained thar previously, this department has had Arabic Language for Hajj and Tour. Over time, together with the Professional Certification Institute (LSP), UMM came up with the idea of expanding the Arabic courses for TKI.
"Later, the students will become trainers of Arabic training for prospective migrant workers, especially for Middle East countries," said Fathoni.
Fathoni added that PBA department already has provisions to realize this program, namely an Arabic module that can be a pocket book for the workers. In the module, Arabic taught is formal and non formal style. In addition, it also comes with examples of daily activity conversations, such as a driver's dialogue on how to open a car door, how to say words if the employer wants to stop at the supermarket, and other Arabic vocabularies.
"We do not only provide them the basic one but also the daily conversation. The lack of understanding of the language sometimes makes their employers do as they please. There is a language gap," said Fathoni.
In the future, Fathoni and the team will build a network or cooperation with Indonesian Migrant Workers Service (PJTKI) in Indonesia so that the program can run systematically.
"I hope that this program can be a provision for the workers. Then it can at least reduce the discriminatory treatment received by Indonesian workers," Fathoni ended the the speech. (ard)