May 23, 2021, 12.40 AM

Officials still have their work cut out for them. "The availability of books is one of the obstacles to literacy culture in Indonesia," said the Head of the Language Development Agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, E Aminudin Azis. 

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"The standard of books in Indonesia still do not meet UNESCO standards." To make up this difference, Aminudin suggested "at least three new books annually for one child. Their contents also have to match the child's interests." 

He lamented that current reading programs tend to highlight books which their parents think are good for their children. "In reality, many children often do not like the books recommended by their parents." 

Literacy culture is one of the targets set in the 2020-2024 National Medium Term Development Plan. Nyoman said the field should continue to be encouraged to improve Indonesia's human resources and make them more knowledgeable.

"Literacy rates and culture are a key factor in creating high quality, competitive human resources by 2030," he noted. UNESCO and the World Bank said that literacy rates in Indonesia stand at over 95 percent.

(Writer: Deti Mega Purnamasari | Editor : Diamanty Meiliana, Dani Prabowo)


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