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26 Dec 2019

National Library with South Korea and ASEAN Countries Involve in Reading Culture Campaign

Seoul, South Korea - Director of National Library of the Republic of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando attended "ASEAN-ROK Library Leadership Conference on Reading Promotion" at National Library of Children and Youth, Seoul, South Korea, on 5-8 November 2019. Conference of Director of South Korean National Library and ten Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) were held in order to promote community reading culture in each country.

National Library of Children and Youth cooperates with ASEAN countries in a common agreement of ASEAN READING project with the theme "Read Me a Book". The ten ASEAN countries present were Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

In his remarks, Director General of South Korean National Library of Children and Youth Youngjoo Cho expressed his gratitude for the presence of all delegations. In this project, 11 countries present would carry out various reading activities in each country, at the same time. The results would be demonstrated and disseminated through social media. This joint activity carried out by many countries is expected to be a great force in promoting reading culture amidst the high use of smartphones among children and adolescents. This is a huge investment for the future of younger generation.

Syarif Bando said he agreed to be involved in "Read Me a Book" campaign. Because basically, Indonesia and countries in ASEAN have implemented reading culture promotion in the community. "We also have the same vision in terms of improving community reading culture so that we can approve the new proposed project initiated by South Korean National Library of Children and Youth," he explained.

"Read Me a Book" campaign has been carried out by South Korea National Library of Children and Youth since 2012. This was carried out to celebrate the Book Year. The main idea is to read books aloud to children one by one, in which story readers, librarians, and volunteers wear yellow aprons.

The aim is to develop children's correct reading habits as well as create social environment of reading aloud that provides opportunities for children to have a pleasant experience in reading. During the seven-year of implementation, this campaign has been attended by 2,691 schools and public libraries in South Korea.

The conference itself is a continuation of South Korean government's programme which is a training project for Librarians dealing with children in ASEAN. The programme was initiated in 2010 and ended in 2017. To maintain this existing cooperative bond, South Korea National Library of Children and Youth offers this new project.

In this conference, also present to accompany Deputy of Library Resources Development Woro Titi Haryanti.



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