Radicalism is a growing issue in Indonesian society. Various actions such as hate speech, terrorist jihad, and radical ideas have mushroomed in the community. This condition must not be allowed, and a solution is immediately sought to overcome it. The elements of society and government institutions must be able to work together and collaborate to ward off radicalism, including educational institutions that play a role in filtering radicalism.
Educational institutions such as formal and informal schools are very vulnerable to the inclusion of radicalism, not to mention the organization in the school, the Intra-School Student Organization (OSIS). As a forum for expression and interaction between students in school, OSIS is very vulnerable to the inclusion of radical ideas.
Zuly Qodir’s research (2018) titled “OSIS: Rowing Between Two Corals: School Policy, Radicalism and National Inclusivism” published by Convey Report mentions OSIS, mainly through the spiritual field, often infiltrated by alumni and radical groups. In the city of Surakarta, Kab. Sukabumi and Padang City, alumni, are usually the primary reference for the management of the spiritual sector in each of their activities. For example, at a state high school in Surakarta, alumni with Salafi-style patterns were the primary reference for the student council in the Intensive Islamic Studies (SII) activity, which was directly fostered by the cleric from a Salafi pesantren. Aside from Salafi, the extracurricular activities at the State High School are also promoted by alumni who are members of the Jamaah Masjid of a state university in Surakarta. They foster and become the leading mentors in routine studies on Tuesday and Thursday.
Head of UMY’s Islamic Political-Political Study Program (Kaprodi), Dr. Zuly Qodir, M.Ag, who is concerned with issues of radicalism, also gives serious attention to the rise of radicalism in schools. He explained that the student council officials and alumni could become strategic agents to spread inclusivism, tolerance, and nationality practices.
The Head of Study Program who likes to play soccer also sees the diversity of student council officials in terms of religion (multi-religious) and ethnic aspects is the strength of the student council to support inclusivism, tolerance, and nationalism. It is different from the student council, who are only one religion or one ethnic. To promote openness, tolerance and patriotism are hampered due to the lack of varied and heterogeneous relationships.
Zuly Qodir sees the role of school supervisors as becoming increasingly important in recognizing and detecting the attitude of radicalism that is developing in schools.
“Not willing to greet and associate with different religions, religious currents, and beliefs, and blame people with different religious views are signs that need to be anticipated so as not to lead to acts of violence,” Zuly Qodir said when met on Tuesday (4 / 2) in the Head of Islamic Political Study Program.
Zuly Qodir encouraged school supervisors to promote the value of nationalism and nationality to the school council organizers.
“The introduction and appreciation of the values of nationalism and nationality, such as attending a flag ceremony, singing the Indonesia Raya song, and respecting teachers can be a preventive measure to prevent radicalism,” concluded Zuly Qodir.