Quo vadis, Indonesian literacy?

Leaders Community IBM Class – Professional Class & Magister Management Program STIE IBMT Surabaya, In terms of reading interest, Indonesia is far behind other countries, as shown in a 2016 report from Central Connecticut State University in the United States that ranks Indonesia 60th out of 61 countries in terms of reading interest — below Thailand in 59th place and above Botswana in 61st place. Many activists, however, are working hard to make things better. Kiswanti is one of them. The 54-year-old woman has been running a community library named Warabal, short for Warung Baca Lebak Wangi (Lebak Wangi Reading Room) in Parung village in Bogor, West Java. Hundreds of children and adults flock to her weekly creative classes while others come to the library to read books and periodicals. “I don’t want children who can’t afford to go to school to miss out on opportunities, because they can still acquire knowledge by reading books,” said Kiswanti, who dropped out of school after finishing sixth grade due to her parents’ poverty. The activities organized at her mobile library include reading poetry books together and encouraging children to write their own poetry. Similar initiatives encouraging children to think critically are also….
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