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09 Mar 2020

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Establish Cooperation with the National Library

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Some Indonesians are coastal communities who inhabit the coast and rely on their source of life from the sea. Most of them are poor people due to the limited ability and knowledge in processing seafood and fishing technology. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) realizes that the literacy level of coastal communities is still very low due to problems of access and availability of reading materials.

Therefore, KKP on this occasion was represented by the Expert Staff of the Minister, Pamuji Lestari, holding an audience with the National Library to establish cooperation in the field of literacy for coastal communities. "I'm sure the National Library has a lot of books that can be read by friends on the coast," said Pamuji.

Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, welcomed the intention by emphasizing that literacy is very important for people's lives and there must be a common understanding about literacy. Syarif then explained that literacy is not just being able to read. Do not talk about literacy if there is no reading material. The more sophisticated a nation, the reading material must be sophisticated too. Today's library is a place for knowledge transfer, said Syarif.

The National Library has begun efforts to increase public literacy through the National Priority (PN) program, namely the Transformation of Social Inclusion Based Library. The program is dedicated to bring library closer to disadvantaged communities in obtaining formal education by providing reading material facilities that are adjusted to the needs of the local community and providing a library space as a place to learn and share activities.

Reporter: Eka Cahyani

Photographer: Hartoyo Darmawan

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