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23 Jul 2019

Millennial Generation and Bung Karno Historical Literacy

Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan – Bung Karno Library Literacy Roadshow continued to Borneo. This time Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, was the goal of internalising Bung Karno's thoughts. As many as 300 youngsters or what is commonly known as millennials spilled over Central Kalimantan Bappeda auditorium, Tuesday, (23/7).

Speakers on the occasion included staff of Governor of Central Kalimantan, Yuel Tanggara, Head of Proclamator Bung Karno Library, Janti Suksmarini, cultural observer, Norsani Darlan, and prime librarian of Central Kalimantan, Dambler Liwan.

Opening the seminar, Governor of Central Kalimantan, Sugianto Sabran, said that millennial generation is nation's future asset. By understanding historical literacy, it is expected that the younger generation will be able to get to know the figures of Indonesia's Founding Fathers, one of which is Bung Karno.

"I appreciate the synergy built by Bung Karno Library and Central Kalimantan Provincial Library Office in internalising Bung Karno's thoughts and nationalism to millennial generation of Central Kalimantan," he said.

Governor of Central Kalimantan also revealed that Bung Karno and Municipal of Palangkaraya had strong inner attachments. Psychologically, the establishment of Palangkaraya owes to Bung Karno’s Midas touch. Historical event on July 17, 1957 was Sukarno did the erection of the first pillar of Palangkaraya as the capital of Central Kalimantan. "The pole is now a witness of history that we built into Bung Karno Monument," added Governor Soegianto.

Bung Karno was a nationalist and idealist; inviting every child of the nation to be responsible for continuing the struggle and development. In front of the millennials, the Governor advised to always improve literacy by visiting and empowering libraries wherever they are. The public must also be smart in selecting and sorting out information so that they are not trapped by information that is misleading and divides unity and integrity. "Keep the spirit of learning to improve intellectual, emotional, and spiritual intelligence," he said.

Meanwhile, Head of Proclamator Bung Karno Library, Janti Suksmarini, said that historical literacy for the present generation is very important, because from the history of the community, people can understand the struggle of national figures in fighting for independence. Bung Karno had left many important notes in the form of thoughts about nationalism which to this day are still being carried out, including Pancasila and Mental Revolution which became the character of the Indonesian people.

"Bung Karno library invites millennials to tread history through Bung Karno's historical literacy that can be comprehended and interpreted. The struggle requires extraordinary sacrifice so that the country can unite," he said.

Meanwhile,  cultural observer Norsani Darlan invited young generation of Central Kalimantan, especially Palangkaraya to continue learning history because the progress made by Indonesia owes to the legacy of the warriors so that Indonesia is advanced and still united. "Never leave history even once. It was one of Bung Karno's wills that became a guide in studying history," he said.

Prime Librarian, Dambler Liwan, also argued that inviting youngsters to be wise should use information and communication technology. "Youngsters must effectively use their gadgets for positive learning. IT sophistication can be used to empower digital libraries and online libraries that have been facilitated by libraries, including National Library and the Proclamator Bung Karno Library," he said.

 

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