The earthquake that occurred in Cianjur on November 21 2022 has now entered the rehabilitation and reconstruction stage. This stage is increasingly crucial because it is not only in efforts to rebuild various infrastructures and reactivate community activities, but also to rebuild the spirit and morality of Cianjur residents after 1.5 months ago experiencing a powerful shock that changed everything. Therefore, the Indonesian Rapid Response School (SICT) moved quickly and was there.

SICT’s efforts in the post-Cianjur Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Schools itself have begun through the laying of the first stone for its construction on January 5, 2023, in the Cugenang District area, it is hoped that in the next 3-4 weeks 1 of the 3 planned schools will be built. As reported by BNPB, hundreds of schools were destroyed by the earthquake, including the worst around Cugenang District, Cianjur Regency, where when the SICT team conducted a field survey, only building debris was still piled up plus the rain kept falling.

“Among the hundreds of schools that were destroyed, there were 220 PAUD which were affected, causing the learning process to be quite disrupted, especially during the end-of-semester assessment (PAS) which had to be carried out in emergency tents. Therefore the development and rehabilitation of schools is urgent and of course, it will depend heavily on the participation of sponsors and corporate CSR who take a contributive role,” explained Prof. Yandi Andri Yatmo and Prof. Paramita Atmodiwirjo, SICT Initiator and husband and wife Professor from the Department of Architecture FTUI.

“The Indonesian Rapid Response School (SICT) is an initiative of the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia in the context of restoring post-disaster educational facilities. Collaborating with ILUNI FTUI, ILUNI Architecture FTUI, APC-ILUNI UI, and the FUSI Foundation, this program has been implemented since 2018 in various areas affected by disasters. 8 school locations have been established in Lombok and Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara and Palu, Central Sulawesi, as can be traced from,” said the Dean of FTUI, Prof. Dr. Heri Hermansyah, ST., M.Eng., IPU.

The series of the groundbreaking for the first phase of the Cianjur SICT development was carried out on Thursday (5/1/2023) which was at the same time mapping and field measurements for several other school locations that were projected to become locations for the next phase of SICT. Hopefully, education activists, stakeholders, and donors/sponsors will continue to take part in this crucial stage, so that students and teachers can get back together to recover from the trauma of the disaster that may remain.

In 2019, the FTUI SICT Disaster Response Building initiative also received an international award, the FuturArc Green Leadership Award. The superiority of the SICT project, as stated by the FuturArc Green Leadership Award jury, lies in its sensitivity to the use of simple and inexpensive building materials that can produce elegant architectural designs.

The applied modular design can offer not only construction speed but also an effort to upgrade the quality of the learning environment. The Fast Respond Indonesia School seeks to create a fun learning environment for children by providing a variety of spaces for learning and playing.

The Rapid Response Indonesian School has a special approach in its design, namely, Modular System where flexible module-based design is made to adapt to space requirements, site conditions, and material availability; Plug & Play is a design where between class units, outdoor spaces, and other spaces can be composed according to the study program; Component-Based, material-component-based design to achieve construction efficiency; and the Learning Ecosystem which provides a pleasant environment for integrated learning activities.


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Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia