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26 Nov 2019

Hundreds of Sub-District Head from Indonesian Border Visit National Library

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Hundreds of sub-district head from border region in Indonesia visited National Library of the Republic of Indonesia. The visit was carried out in a series of Sub-District Government Apparatus Strengthening Coordination Meeting in State Border Region held by National Border Management Agency (BNPP) of the Republic of Indonesia.

In his remarks when receiving the group, Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, expressed his appreciation for the visit of around 200 sub-district heads who came from 15 provinces and 255 regencies in Indonesia. Library is a shared house, a place to share, and a source of information. During the visit, the sub-district heads registered as members of National Library and visited the 24th floor which exhibits views of Monas and Sea of Jakarta.

This year, library has a Social Inclusion Based Library Transformation program, in which as many as 300 villages and 60 regencies/municipalities have received program benefits. Syarif explained, in library, people who experience termination of employment, dropping out of school, lower economy, will get assistance to learn skills to improve their economic conditions.

"What are the activities? We take people who do not have a job, whether they have no education or work termination formers or maybe a parking attendant, or beggars, whatever their status is, later we give them assistance for approximately 6-12 months and they are all facilitated by us to be literated with computer, internet, and also the science of applied books so that later they can open their own businesses in accordance with what they asked for," explained Syarif Bando in Multipurpose Room of the National Library Service    Facility Building, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 11, Jakarta, on Tuesday (11/26/2019).

Developing a library at the border is a concern of the National Library. According to Syarif Bando, this is in line with President Joko Widodo's policy direction which was delivered in the inauguration and handover speech of DIPA. Assistance provided in the form of books grant, mobile library cars, and library motorbikes.

Syarif dismissed the assumption that reading interest in Indonesia is low. According to him, this happened because of the difficulty in getting books in the border area. Therefore, publishers and universities are encouraged to increase the number of books, especially books on applied science and home industry, which are needed by communities in the border and rural areas. "Don't claim that Indonesian reading culture is low whereas there are no new books there. Is there a new newspaper at the border every morning? New magazine, new book. So how can we say the reading culture is low? Now this become a challenge," he explained.

Facing the industrial revolution 4.0, the sub-district heads were encouraged to develop superior commodities from their regions. "Now this is what must be considered, what does it mean? For the industrial revolution, the technology is certainly not possible to reach from Japan, Korea and Europe. But we can think of what role we can play in preparing goods and services that we can export," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy for Infrastructure Management at the Border Region Field of BNPP, Restuardy Daud, expressed his gratitude to the Director of National Library for receiving the coordination meeting (rakor) participants’ visit. Restuardy explained, the National Library was chosen as a destination because it kept assets in the form of collections of ancient manuscripts to the latest technological advancements. "This is part of another note to see the vast territory of the Republic of Indonesia, here is the place," he concluded.

Reporter: Hanna Meinita

Photographer: Raden Radityo

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