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24 Sep 2019

Arumi Emil Elestianto Dardak Officially Appointed as Mother Literacy of East Java

Surabaya, East Java – Director of National Library of Muhammad Syarif Bando continues to encourage community literacy skills and improve reading interest index through Safari. A safari event attended by East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa was held at Harris Hotel Surabaya on Tuesday (24/9). At the Safari, chairperson of Family Welfare Empowerment Driving team (TP PKK) of East Java Arumi Emil Elestianto Dardak was officially appointed as mother literacy of East Java by Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando.

According to Arumi, gaining trust as mother literacy of East Java made her grateful and increasingly motivated to increase reading interest in East Java. One of her efforts is by continuing to socialise reading movement amidst the society, especially in villages. "Of course, this is an honour for me; we are with all members of TP PKK, continuously, relentlessly, and vigorously encouraging society. Especially young generation to love to read, this has become one of our tasks. Because by reading, we can improve character of the nation, "she said.

Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said that provincial, regency, municipal governments, in accordance with Law No. 23 of 2014 on local government, take library as mandatory affair. "Therefore, every region must facilitate the public with quality reading materials," he said. Syarif also urged every region to write book about its own area, so the communities are aware of the potential of its resources.

Meanwhile, Khofifah explained according to World Economic Forum 2015, there are agreed six points of basic literacy, i.e. financial literacy, digital literacy, cultural literacy and citizenship, science literacy, numerical literacy and read-write literacy. "Such meeting as this can build common spirit and motivation in developing fondness of reading and build synergy among all the positive energy existing, especially in East Java provincial government," she said.

During event, Head of Library and Archives Board of East Java Abdul Hamid explained, in 2016 reading interest index in East Java was 69.75 percent, then in 2017 increased to 72 percent, and in 2018 to 74.25 percent. "Meanwhile, public satisfaction index of Library and Archives of East Java also increased, which in 2016 reached 81.43 percent, and in 2018 82.65 percent and 80.25 percent (this year)," he said among counselling cadres of PKK village/kelurahan and development of village/kelurahan library management of East Java.


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