Local Leaders Must Provide Reading Material for Their Communities
Pancoran, Jakarta - Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Prof. H. M. Tito Karnavian, Ph.D., encouraged local leaders to provide reading material needs for their residents. Because, Indonesia is a large country with the 4th largest population in the world. However, the demographic and geographic potential alone is not enough to make Indonesia a rich country. The lack of support and attention from local government is considered one of the obstacles why library development and reading interest has not improved.
"Many regions do not yet understand the issue of reading interest," said Minister of Home Affairs when opening National Library National Coordinating Meeting 2020 entitled "Innovation and Creativity of Librarians in Strengthening Literacy Culture to Realise Superior Human Resources Towards Advanced Indonesia" at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Tuesday, (2/25).
Minister of Home Affairs regretted this, moreover it is considered important as one step to determine the direction and success of the nation. He also stressed that local leaders to care about opening literacy access and reading material needs for their residents.
"There have been many international studies that say Indonesia’s reading interest is low. It was an alarm, a kind of wake-up call. Although, World Culture Index showed the latest update that of Indonesia’s reading rate is in the middle position, this has to be the cooperation of all parties including local leaders," he stressed.
On various occasions, National Library reported that reading interest in Indonesia is not motivated by lack of reading material, but the availability of access to reading material, moreover the majority of the population lived in remote, isolated areas.
"Local leaders must start to realise and try to provide reading materials suitable to the needs of the people," explained Minister of Home Affairs.
Knowledge is very important. The key to bringing out superior resources. In addition to health factors, superior Human Resources must also be educated and trained. The more reading material available, the more open the innovations that can be generated, to develop ideas, and also options so that they can make quick decisions.
Reportage: Ministry of Home Affairs Information Centre