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14 Mar 2019

Secretary General Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration: Village Fund for Library Construction & Books

Jakarta – Secretary General Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Anwar Sanusi emphasized the importance of establishing village library as a means of community learning. In accordance with PDTT Village Minister Regulation Number 16/2018 concerning Village Fund Usage Priority, Village Fund Use for Literacy is allocated for procurement, construction, development and maintenance of educational and cultural facilities, such as village library buildings and reading materials; Supporting educational activities for school-aged children, namely village library and books; as well as village libraries in order to support teaching and learning process in work training activities for villagers who will become migrant workers and utilised by students in finishing school assignments. This was conveyed by Anwar Sanusi when he was a speaker at National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) of Library Field 2019 in Jakarta, on Thursday (14/3/2019). 

“In 2018, Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration is more specific in encouraging the construction of village library as a learning facility. Especially for school-aged children, as a learning facility and in order to be able to perform an effective education, it is expected that in the next 10 years all villages can have libraries in their respective regions,” explained Anwar Sanusi.

There are six points that must be done so that village literacy can improve rural economy namely Village facilitators must be able to make efforts to raise community reading interest; Increase library/reading garden in rural community; Provision of practical books on management, business, BUMDesa, accounting, etc.; Provision of motivational books from entrepreneurs and BUMDesa that have proven successful; as well as Development of village digital library.   

Anwar added that in the past four years, construction of rural infrastructure and community empowerment programme have increased significantly. This aims to increase village community living standard.

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