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UNS — An event named Apoteker Cilik (Acil) (Kids Apothecary) was held by the Community Service Team of Metabolic Disorders Research Group from the Pharmacy Program Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (FMIPA) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta. In collaboration with SDIT Insan Mulia Surakarta, Acil is an event to introduce the apothecary profession to school children in grades 3 and 5.

The Coordinator of the event, Yeni Farida, S.Farm., M.Sc, stated that students were introduced to various types, availability, usage, and the proper way to acquire medicines. The introduction aims to prevent medication error in the community as the mission of Gerakan Masyarakat Cerdas Menggunakan Obat (Gema Cermat) (Movement for Smart Community in Medication Usage). Students were also introduced to the types of plants with medicinal properties in their surroundings.

“We hope this education program (will) prevent children from misusing drugs. Especially narcotics and other illegal drugs,” Yeni explained, Friday (4/6/2021).

Yeni added that students showed great enthusiasm toward the program even though it was held through the Zoom Cloud Meetings. Students were active during the question-and-answer session and simple experiments under the supervision of the team. The experiment was held using tools and materials that they could find in their home so that they could try it at home. The team also prepared various educational media such as animation videos, comics, and activity-based textbooks.

“The video and comic were sent in the form of a file, and textbooks were shared with students through their classroom teachers. The use of various learning methods is expected to attract student’s interest in learning the materials,” Yeni added.

To conclude the event, the team conducted an Acil election from the representatives of each class. This election is an appreciation for students for participating in the program. Yeni hoped that their program would benefit the community and students could apply the knowledge in their daily lives and invite people around them to practice healthy lifestyles. Humas UNS

Reporter: Kaffa hidayati
Editor: Dwi Hastuti

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