The Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia (FoN UI) has again conducted Community Service (Pengmas) activities in collaboration with the Department of Research and Community Service, University of Indonesia (DRPM UI). This activity is entitled Berseri Beach Area (Clean, Healthy, and Beautiful) thanks to the youth who are aware of waste. This activity was carried out in Sukarame Pandeglang Village, precisely on the white sand beach, on 27 and 28 November 2020. The background of the Community Service action was based on the lack of public awareness in disposing of garbage which caused the beach environment to become dirty and unkempt. This has led to a decrease in the number of tourist visits to the coastal area and also due to the tsunami on December 22, 2018 and the Covid-19 pandemic.
FoN UI Community Servant Poppy Fitriyani said, “The tsunami that occurred in the Sunda Strait at the end of 2018 destroyed the plains around the Pandeglang beach, at least 556 houses were damaged, nine hotels were heavily damaged and 60 stalls were destroyed, resulting in environmental damage in the area. The impact of the loss is felt in the tourism sector. In addition, low public awareness in managing the beach is one of the factors causing the beaches in the Pandeglang area to tend to be dirty and not maintained. Therefore, the community, especially teenagers, need to be empowered to increase their knowledge and skills regarding waste sorting and protecting the environment. The service team offers training program solutions related to personal and environmental hygiene, counseling on sorting organic and non-organic waste, youth campaigns about waste to residents and traders around the beach area, and implementing the role of youth aware of waste. The target of the program is the formation of a clean, healthy and beautiful coastal environment through the care of teenagers so that in the end the interest of tourists to visit the beach increases.
The Berseri Beach program was initiated by Ns. Poppy Fitriyani, M.Kep., Sp.Kep.Kom; Ns. Ice Yulia Wardani,.M.Kep.,Sp.Kep.J; Ns. Utami, M.Kep., Sp.Kep.Kom along with undergraduate nursing students from FoN UI. The series of activities carried out included counseling about covid 19, PHBS, and procedures for sorting waste. In addition to being equipped with knowledge, youth who are aware of waste also carry out direct practice of radiant beach campaigns in coastal areas. In this activity, teenagers clean the beach area from garbage and sort out organic and inorganic waste. Teenagers also provide education about organic and inorganic waste management to coastal communities (traders, fishermen, and tourists).
FoN UI Community Service Team involves young people to be trained so that they can become agents of change and continue the actions that have been initiated by UI nursing lecturers. The number of teenagers who participated in this activity was 24 people. The youth said that this activity was very positive where teenagers could find out about PHBS in public places and how to sort waste to help solve environmental health problems around the beach. In addition, teenagers also hope that through this activity they can help change people’s behavior to be more aware of environmental cleanliness, especially regarding waste sorting.