One part of the Real Work Lecture (KKN) State University of Malang (UM) is the Thematic KKN of the Indonesian Literature Department (JSI) 2020. JSI Thematic KKN is KKN which is fostered by the Indonesian Literature Department, Faculty of Letters, UM. This activity develops an alternative to the KKN program which is equivalent to the demands of the UM KKN program rules. The theme of the 2020 JSI KKN is Improving Student Literacy through Community Service. In accordance with this theme, one of the 2020 JSI Thematic KKN groups, namely the 7 Community Service for Language, Indonesian Literature and Regional Education (PBSID) developed a reading book product with the theme "Character Education to Strengthen and Improve the Quality of the Millennial Generation." The products produced online during the UM KKN (29 / 5-7 / 7) are in the form of an anthology of short stories with the topic of character education in the family environment, character education in the school environment, and character education caring for the environment. Apart from that, they also published an anthology of inspirational stories with the topics of character education for tolerance between religions, character education among peers, and character education for local cultural wisdom. The target of group 7, PBSID KKN is students of SMP Negeri 1 Ponggok, Blitar.
There is a decrease in moral quality and character in today's adolescents that motivates this group to develop this anthology book. In addition, their reason for publishing an anthology book of inspirational stories is based on the fact that they returned the care of Indonesian youth to their own culture. With this themed reading book, it is hoped that readers, especially students of SMP Negeri 1 Ponggok, can pick up the mandate in the story and apply it to their daily lives. This is similar to what was expressed by Aulia Rahma, Head of Group 7 KKN PBSID, "we hope that the activities and products we produce can improve the quality of the nation's children, especially students of SMP Negeri 1 Ponggok who are the targets of our work program," he said. .
According to him, character education is not only done directly, but also through several means, one of which is through reading books. In addition, character education is very important to be given to teenagers because they are a milestone in the advancement of the nation's morality. "I also hope that readers can emulate the nature, behavior, and messages contained in the reading books we make. Hopefully the children's character can develop towards a better direction, "he said.
Contributor: M. Hamim Afiat, Indonesian Literature Department Student
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